Ginger Pear Preserves
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This is a really good recipe-feel free to add another 1/2 tbsp ginger if you like.
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- 5 1⁄2 cups pears, peeled and finely chopped
- 2 large limes
- 2 1⁄3 cups white sugar
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons grated gingerroot
- After you have peeled and chopped the pears you want 5 1/2 cups.
- Using a zester remove green rind from limes; you want 1 T.
- Squeeze the limes to get 1/3 cup.
- Place pears, rind and juice in a large stainless steel or enamel saucepan.
- Stir in ginger root and sugar.
- Bring fruit to a full boil stirring constantly.
- Do this until it reaches the gel stage, around 15 minutes.
- If desired mash the fruit.
- Ladle into sterile hot jars leaving 1/4 inch head space.
- Seal and process 5 minutes at altitudes up to 1000 feet.
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I made this recipe following the directions exactly and LOVE the taste but could not get the preserves to gel. I did 4X everything because of the amount of pears I had. Once they were boiling they started to foam so I turned heat down. After boiling for almost 30 minutes they were still watery and I was on a time constraint so jarred them anyway. Any hints on how to avoid this next year when my pears come in?Reply
My pear tree never produces fruit, but it sure did this year. Not wanting to let it go to waste, I tried these lovely preserves and am very glad I did. I am not a big fan of ginger and was somewhat worried that the taste might be overwhelming. I add just a bit at a time and ended up adding as much as indicated with great results.Reply
Can't believe I forgot to review these! I made them a couple of weeks ago because the in-laws were coming into town. They were very impressed, and I'm now down to the last jar already! These came out perfectly. I didn't mash the fruit, but I did add in a bit more ginger. Thanks for making my second experience with jam a continued success!Reply
We harvested our pear trees for the first time this year and what a wonderful recipe. The flavor is balanced and the zested lime give a beautiful look and taste to the final product. I cut the sugar down to 1 3/4 cup because the pears were so sweet. Other than that I'm making more today for gifts!2Reply
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