Caramel Pear Butter
- Ready In:
- 2hrs 30mins
8 1/2 pint jars
- Combine apple juice and 4 tablespoons lemon juice in heavy large deep pot.
- Peel, core, and cut pears, 1 at a time, into 1/2- to 3/4-inch pieces; mix pears into juice mixture in pot as soon as pears are cut, to prevent browning.
- Cook over medium heat until pears release enough juice for mixture to boil, stirring frequently, about 16 minutes.
- Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer until pears are very tender, stirring frequently, about 20 minutes (mixture will splatter).
- Remove pot from heat.
- Press pear mixture through fine plate of food mill into large bowl.
- Return pear puree to same pot.
- Add 2 tablespoons lemon juice, brown sugar, nutmeg, and 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt.
- Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered until pear butter thickens and is reduced to 8 cups, stirring every 5 minutes to prevent scorching, about 1 hour.
- Ladle pear butter into 8 hot clean 1/2-pint glass canning jars, leaving 1/4-inch space at top of jars.
- Remove air bubbles.
- Wipe jar threads and rims with clean damp cloth.
- Cover with hot lids; apply screw bands.
- Process jars in pot of boiling water 10 minutes.
- Cool completely.
- Store in cool dark place up to 1 year.
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I was goint to submit this, but found yours. I was given 50 ponds of pears recently, and needed to do something with them. This was soooo good, not to spicy. I did make a few changes. I added vanilla, and did not peel my pears. I used a food processer insted of a food mill. I made four batches of this and put it up into pint jars insted of half pint. This will become one of my yearly canning projects.