Pear Butter is the delicious brother to apple butter. It is sweet and spicy and tastes like fall. It is the perfect thing to jar and give away at Christmas or as a host gift for Thanksgiving.
I have a bowl of pears that have passed their prime for eating. They are sweet and juicy and in the perfect condition to make pear sauce or pear butter. The difference between the two is how much you cook it down. Pear sauce will have the same consistency as applesauce and can be used as a substitution for oil in recipes. Pear butter become a thick and delicious spread like apple butter. I much prefer pear butter over sauce and it’s a really unique gift because it can’t be bought in most stores.
I peeled and cored them and put them in a pot and took my hand blender to them. You can use a food processor or blender. Heat it to a boil and add some cinnamon and you have pear sauce! To create Pear Butter, continue below.
Once it gets boiling, turn it down low until it is at a very slow simmer. Leave the lid off and let it cook away for hours. Go do other things, this will take a while. You can also put it in the slow cooker and leave it all day with the lid off.
I didn’t add any sugar to mine because my pears were very sweet but you are more than welcome to. Just remember that as it cooks the sugar will become more concentrated so try not to over-sweeten at the beginning. May I suggest using brown sugar though? I like the caramel flavoring it gives it.
Canning Your Pear Butter
Put your butter into clean jars and submerge them in a pot of boiling water. Boil for 15 minutes. Remove from the pot and let cool on the counter overnight. In the morning check to make sure they are sealed and that the lid doesn’t pop when you push on it. And there you are! Mission accomplished!
Take note that all the pears i used made enough for these four small jars. This is not a high-yield project! Definitely worth it though! I hope you enjoy it. Let me know how yours worked out. To you add any different flavors to yours?