October 3, 2010

Pear Honey (Revisited)

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I posted the recipe for Pear Honey back in November of 2009 but thought I would share the canning process with you this year. If you do a search for pear honey, you will find many different recipes and variations. All of them sound good but my great grandmother canned this pear honey years ago when my mom was a little girl. My mom tracked down her recipe a couple of years ago and canned pear honey.
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I received a bushel of pears from my aunt and uncle yesterday and I started working on them tonight by peeling and removing the seeds and any bruised spots. I chopped them in my little chopper gadget. I told my husband that a food process was on my Christmas list for this year.

Pear Honey
6 - 8 cups finely chopped pears
1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple
6 c. sugar
1 T. lemon juice
1/3 c. water
1 (14 oz.) bag shredded coconut (optional)
Put finely chopped pears in a large saucepan with lemon juice and water. Cook pears until tender. This could take anywhere from 10 minutes to 30 minutes depending on how soft and ripe your pears were to start with. Just cook them until they are mushy.
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Add crushed pineapple, coconut and sugar. Mix well and cook until mixture thickens. This too could take a while but it will happen! Make sure to stir it often to keep it from sticking.
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Here it is, thick and bubbly! This smells so good! I wish I could find a candle that smelled like this! Ladle pear honey into hot, sterilized jars. Add hot lids and bands. Process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
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This batch made 7 1/2 pints. You can use this as a jam on toast or over hot biscuits. My boys like it over vanilla ice cream. Me...well I don't want to tell....okay....okay....I admit it, I eat it straight from the jar with a spoon! I can open one of those little jelly jars of this and eat a little and within a couple of days the whole jar is gone and I have no idea how it happened but I will tell you that it calls to me each time I pass the refrigerator. Try it, yours will disappear too!

13 comments:

tberry29 said...

Omg..thank you! I just this past wed. picked a 5 gal. bucket of pears from a friends house and really need to get them canned before they spoil....I am definately using this recipe. I will opt out on the coconut though....fixin to print this. I am gonna post pics on my blog when I make it and link the recipe back to you...Oh Thanks again girl!

edenhills said...

This looks really good! My aunt and uncle have a lot of pears, so I'll have to see if I can't get some to try this. Thanks!

Teresa

Julie Harward said...

This sounds super wonderful..I have never had any but I'm sure I would love it! :D

Rose H (UK) said...

Mmmmmm!

Kent Island Red said...

Wow, that sounds SUPER good! Wish I had that recipe a few months ago when pears were just sitting there rotting on the tree. I'm not a big fan of pears, but I bet I would LOVE the jelly! Thanks for sharing.

ga.farmwoman said...

I still have some pears left on the trees. Pear honey sounds and looks delicious! I may have to try it this week.
Thanks for the recipe.
Pam

Jennifer said...

Thank you for the recipe! Sounds great!

Country Whispers said...

This sounds so yummy!
I just need to find me some pears.
Thanks for sharing it with us again.

Janet, said...

That does sound good, only I would also leave out the coconut. I'm not a fan of coconut. We have pears and I have made pear jam before, but not pear honey. I think I might try this.

Anonymous said...

I'm so excited! I'm making this tomorrow! I've done a lot of freezer canning, but this will be the first time I've actually canned. A friend gave me a very similar recipe. Obviously I can keep this on a shelf in the pantry once I've boiled the jar, but can I then just leave it in the pantry and pull it out until it's gone? Is it like regular honey? Or should I keep it in the refrigerator? Will it change consistency, like honey, if it gets cold? Just not sure how to keep it once it's been opened. Thank you so much for your advice!

michelle s said...

do you pre peal the pears or do you leave on the peals? and does it get grainy like pear butter gets sometimes?

KentuckyFarmGirl said...

Michelle, yes I do peel the pears and remove any bad spots or bruising before chopping and cooking them. This does not have the grainy pear taste. The pears soften up during the cooking process.

Kevin Surbaugh said...

what about freezing it. Can and how do your prepare the pear honey for freezing?

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