From my mom's canning recipe collection. I am hopeful my pear trees will yield big time this year. Adapted from Southern Living.
- Add all the ingredients to a dutch oven.
- Bring mixture to a boil and stir constantly.
- Lower the heat and simmer, stirring frequently, for 2 hours or until thickened.
- Skim off foam with a metal spoon.
- Pour immediately into hot sterilized jars, filling to about 1/4 inch from the top.
- Remove air bubbles and wipe jar rims.
- Cover quickly with metal lids and screw on bands.
- Process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
Just got finished making this for Christmas gifts. I made the recipe in the quantities of 1.5 (12 cups fruit etc). I also added a teaspoon of Ginger and about a half teaspoon of Nutmeg with the other spices as well as a Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract and a 1/2 teaspoon of Almond Extract. This Jam is awesome. Sweet but not cloyingly so with a very rich taste that smacks of Pears first, spice second. Making the recipe as I did, I got 6 half pints with about an extra 1/2 cup.
This recipe was EXACTLY what I was looking for. The jam was scrumptious. The only changes I made were to reduce the sugar to 2 cups, because my pears were very overripe and sweet, and I left out the ground cloves simply because I forgot I was out and it was too late to go to the store. Still tasted great. I can't wait to make it again.
Declicious and simple. Loved not using the pectin. Simmered for not quite two hours and it was perfect. It actually rendered eight pints for me....not sure why unless it had something to do with the type of pears so you have to judge for yourself how long to cook. A thermometer reading of 200 usually works too. But the little pops are music to my ears. This is my third batch so needless to say, this is a real winner.