It's the ginger in this one that distinguishes it from other pear preserves.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
45 mins
additional:
2 hrs
total:
3 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
48
Yield:
6 half-pint jars
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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix chopped pears with sugar, crystallized ginger, lemon juice, fresh ginger, and lemon zest in a large heavy pot; let the mixture stand for 2 hours for pears to release their juice. Place the pot over medium-high heat, bring to a boil; cook, stirring often, until preserves are thick and fall off a metal spoon in sheets, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Pear pieces will be translucent and preserves will be darkened.

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  • Sterilize the jars and lids in boiling water for at least 5 minutes. Pack the pear preserves into the hot, sterilized jars, filling the jars to within 1/4 inch of the top. Run a knife or a thin spatula around the insides of the jars after they have been filled to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims of the jars with a moist paper towel to remove any food residue. Top with lids, and screw on rings.

  • Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil and lower jars into the boiling water using a holder. Leave a 2-inch space between the jars. Pour in more boiling water if necessary to bring the water level to at least 1 inch above the tops of the jars. Bring the water to a rolling boil, cover the pot, and process for 10 minutes.

  • Remove the jars from the stockpot and place onto a cloth-covered or wood surface, several inches apart, until cool. Once cool, press the top of each lid with a finger, ensuring that the seal is tight (lid does not move up or down at all). Store in a cool, dark area.

Nutrition Facts

84 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 21.9g; sodium 0.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (3)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2017
I have made this three times and I fear I am addicted to it. It is so much better than any commercial jam and much less expensive Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/05/2012
This tasted good but too much ginger for me. My husband really liked it. Next time I might leave out the fresh ginger. Read More
3 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2020
I followed the recipe exactly, except I used a pectin powder used for candy-making that is not as concentrated as SureGel one tablespoon at a time cooking an additional minute between each addition until the jam reached sheet stage. I ended up using 5 tablespoons. This stuff is GOOD! I’d definitely recommend the recipe to others and will make more next year when pears are in season. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
09/05/2012
This tasted good but too much ginger for me. My husband really liked it. Next time I might leave out the fresh ginger. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2017
I have made this three times and I fear I am addicted to it. It is so much better than any commercial jam and much less expensive Read More
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