Pear Butter

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  • Published Oct 9th
  • Ready In31m
  • Servings32
  • Calories82
Pear butter is lightly scented with orange and nutmeg. This is an old recipe from a dear friend. Its taste is so good in toast or even on top of steak or chicken.

Pear Butter Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Pear Butter for 32 servings:

  • 4 pounds medium pears, quartered and cored
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup orange juice

Pear Butter Cooking Instructions

  • Prep30m
  • Cook1m
  • Ready In31m

To cook Pear Butter, you need about 30 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Pear Butter is about 1 minute , and you can serve your Pear Butter within 31 minutes . The following are the steps to cook Pear Butter easily:

  1. 1 Place pears into a large pot over medium heat, and add just enough water to cover the bottom of the pot and keep them from sticking, about 1/2 cup. Cook until the pears are soft, about 30 minutes. Press pears through a sieve or food mill, and measure out 2 quarts of the pulp.
  2. 2 Pour the pear pulp and sugar into a large saucepan and stir to dissolve sugar. Stir in the orange zest, nutmeg and orange juice. Cook over medium heat until the mixture is thick enough to mound in a spoon. When the mixture begins to thicken, stir frequently to prevent scorching on the bottom. This will take about 1 hour.
  3. 3 Ladle the pear butter into hot sterile jars, leaving 1/4 inch of headspace. Remove air bubbles by sliding a metal spatula around where the pear butter touches the glass. Wipe jar rims clean, and seal with lids and rings. Process for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath. The water should cover the jars by 1 inch. Check with your local extension for exact processing times for your area.


  • Partner Tip
  • Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 82 calories; 0.1 grams of fat; 21.5 grams of carbohydrates; 0.2 grams of protein; 0 milligrams of cholesterol; 0 milligram of sodium.

  1. Aug 24th 2010

    I just finished 5 batches of pear butter, yielding 37 half-pint jars. I followed the recipe as written and resulting product has a wonderful, deep pear-citrus flavor. Here’s what I lear ...

  2. Sep 4th 2008

    FANTASTIC RECIPEI altered it to siut my needs. I used a 4qt. crockpot. I quartered and removed seeds, placed all pears in the pot to heaping. Then I added 4 cups sugar, 1/2 cup white grape ...

  3. Aug 10th 2008

    This is the best pear butter recipe I have ever made. Use slightly under-ripe pears. The cooking will bring out the sweetness and pear flavour.Make it easy; quarter the pears and take out ...

  4. Jun 4th 2008

    EASY RECIPE!!! I cooked mine in the crock pot just add everything in the crockpot and cook till tender. Then blend and process in hot water bath for 10 minutes ENJOY

  5. Oct 9th 2007

    This is a fantastic way to use those hard little pears you can't eat! It's great on toast, ham or pork!

  6. Oct 28th 2006

    4 lbs. of medium pears yielded a very scant quart of pulp. Prep time is not even close. It took a full hour to soften the pears (partly the fault of the fruit, I know.) "Large pot" isn't a ...

  7. Oct 8th 2006

    Delicious. I prefer a chunky version thus eliminating the food mill -- tedious.Plus, prep time is longer if pears are small and you peel them. Cooking time is 1 hour not 1 minute and it's n ...

  8. Sep 28th 2006

    This is a great recipe. I made 14 half-pints today. The orage zest and nutmeg gives it a great taste. Thanks!

  9. Oct 25th 2004

    This is a long one…The recipe makes a good pear butter but needs some tweaking. 1) I used 6-1/2 lbs. of fairly large pears and came up with exactly 2 qts. of pulp. 2) The cook time is w ...