how to can pears
Did you know that you pick pears when they are green. You then allow them to ripen in your baskets and then you can them? I had no idea. But this is how we did it to get the pears to ripen at the same time so we could can pears
They take a little time to can as you have to peal them, but there is no blanching involved in this recipe.
You can add mint, cinnamon or other flavors to your syrup to give your pears different flavors if you are canning on syrup. You can also can the pears in water without sugar.
We’ve created a video on how we canned the pears.
What you need:
Water Bath Canner
pot for syrup
canning lids & seals
Boil the jar lids to sterilize (until the water boils) or clean on sanitize mode in your dishwasher.
syrup solution (instead of water)
In a separate pot, add 1 cup sugar to 5 cups water (for light syrup). 3 cups sugar to 5 cups water (for medium syrup). 4 cups sugar to 4 cups water (for heavy syrup). Bring to simmer.
Place 2 quarts water in a large bowl with 3 round tablespoons of fruit fresh (citric acid) and blend.
Peel and remove the skin of the pear.
Cut into half or quarters, remove any seeds, and place into bowl of water/fruit fresh mix.
Drain the pears from the water and place into your canning jars.
Fill the jars, leaving 1 inch head space.
Add syrup to the jars. You can twist/tip the jars gently to get the air bubbles out or use a butter knife to remove the bubbles.
Clean the top of the jar and place the lid and ring on the jar and tighten slightly.
Place the jars in the canner with hot water above the jars and cover.
Allow the water begins to boil, keep the jars in water bath for 25 minutes for quarts or 20 minutes for pints.
Remove the jars and place on the counter to cool.
Place the date and what is in the jar with a permanent marker.