Caramel Pear Butter

"Source: Bon Appétit (October 2008) Yield: Makes about eight 1/2 -pint jars"
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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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  1. 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.
  2. Very good! I had a ton of pears to use and this was one of the recipes I made. Halved the recipe which worked well (usually not a good idea with canning), and used a stick blender rather than a food mill for blending smooth. Thanks for sharing the recipe!



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