Friday, September 25, 2009

pear preserves



I've been getting a ton of hits on the pear preserves recipe I posted last September, so since it is that season once again, I'm posting an encore. They're super easy to make and absolutely heavenly.


Pear Preserves

12 c. sliced pears
9 c. sugar
1/2 fresh lemon, sliced thin

Stir to mix pears and sugar. Add lemon slices. Bring to a simmer and cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until pears are tender, clear, caramel colored and the liquid is consistency of honey. This will take 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Pour preserves into sterilized jars, leaving 1/2 inch headroom and seal with sterilized lids.

*** Note: you can make a small batch, skip the sealing in the jars part and just refrigerate.



45 comments:

  1. This looks delicious on the English muffins. I will try it with Splenda. Time goes so fast. It's almost October. I'll bet the manor is gearing up for the new season.

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  2. And I bet it smells divine!
    I must try this. Thanks!

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  3. Yummers. I used to make these every fall -- I need to do it now. Also mincemeat-flavored pears which are divine with sharp cheese.

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  4. The only thing better than pear preserves is fig preserves!

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  5. Love the harvests and recipes this time of year, so comforting.

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  6. Perfect! Just the easy recipe I needed for my ready to be picked pears. Yeah, it's good to have talented friends on the blogosphere.

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  7. Mmmm ~ my absolute favorite!

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  8. This looks heavenly! I have always loved pears above all fall fruits. From their voluptuous shape to their beautiful colors, pears rule supreme.

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  9. Oh my... That does look easy and delicious! I think I may have hit on something here that I can give each member of my family for part of their Christmas presents... parents, siblings, etc.

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  10. You always make me hungry at the most inopportune times. Now I am going to have to stop blogging and head to the kitchen. I think I have some fig jam and muffins somewhere. Somehow they won't taste as good as what you are projecting.

    I know you will soon have some delicious fall and winter soup recipes for us. I think you put a few pounds on me last winter.

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  11. This year I finally figured out the whole canning thing! Can't wait to try this recipe, thanks for reposting.

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  12. Oh, God, that looks good, Willow. One of my favorite fruits is pears. Sounds simple, and delicious. Your food posts are cruel when I'm on the road, I'll have you know. (But keep 'em up!)

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  13. Willow, I am quite sure I missed this last year. Timely as I have pears that just NEED to become preserves for my toast!
    Thank you!

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  14. Dee-lish! Like the lemon addition. Ill have to try this. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Pears are my favorite fruit-- there is a subtleness to the taste-a quietness. and of course your photos are mouth watering...

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  16. Oh, my goodness. They look divine. I'm going to try that.

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  17. I have never had pear preserves- this looks delicious- thank you for sharing this! And your blog looks wonderful...

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  18. Must remember this for our autumn next year, it looks delicious.

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  19. Not only is the recipe yummy but the actual fruit is one of my favourite ones. At the moment, though, I am experiencing the effects of experimentation. I bought a batch of Chinese pears the other day in the market to try them for the first time but they are not sweet and juicy. So, I will be using them in your recipe... WITH PLENTY OF SUGAR!!! :-)

    Greetings from London.

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  20. This looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. This is the only type of preserve I can't find in the store. But then again, home-made like these and who would want store-bought? Yum :p

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  22. Thanks Willow: very timely. Though the crop has been disappointing this year (weather, I'm sure) the pears are, as ever, all ready at once. I shall start preserving!

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  23. Oh my, that looks so good and has just been printed out. Thanks willow - I don't grow any but they are not too expensive in shops here atm.

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  24. Thank you for this simple yet scrummy looking recipe.

    Bootiful and bountiful.

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  25. Hello Willow,

    I'm not a sweet preserve (jam) person but I have done a delicious spiced, pickled pears recipe (from Delia) in the past, which is great with cold meats!

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  26. Derrick that sounds fabulous. Please post that recipe for us!

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  27. I am inspired to go try this out. I haven't made preserves since I was a little girl and had my Grandmother's help.

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  28. Lemons & pears yum - I'm definitely trying this one.

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  29. I agree with Otin ... .
    pears are great , but figs hold my heart!

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  30. I like the look of this recipe willow. I make a lot of preserves but have never made one with pears. I presume the c stands for cups - a measure we don't use over here - but I also presume that the ration of 9 to 12 would hold whatever one used. On those crumpets it looks delicious.

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  31. so you will be sharing...right? yum, yum!

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  32. Willow, I've been to the store, sliced the pears and ready to start cooking. I'll let you know how it turns out!

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  33. These look wonderful. Otin's suggestion of fig preserves sounds quite interesting.

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  34. Ambiance, let me know how yours turn out!! :)

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  35. My grandmother ALWAYS made pear preserves. It is the one preserve that I specifically remember having when I was a child. Sweet nostalgia! I'm making this next week for sure. THANK YOU.

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  36. Dios mio de mi vida! I'm going to make these pear preserves from some lovely Barletts. Pears are just divinos!

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  37. This is just what I was looking for as I have pear trees that are laden with fruit - It looks quite delicious!

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