A delicious, naturally low-sugar treat! The orange and spices are wonderful... the trick is to not let them overpower the pears. The lemon adds a brightness to the flavor, while the vanilla is balancing. Spread over toast or with meats such as ham, pork chops, or chicken. Makes an excellent gift too. Place improperly sealed or open jars in refrigerator and use within the month.

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Ingredients

40
Original recipe yields 40 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place pears and 1/2 cup water in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook until softened, about 20 minutes. Transfer pears to a blender or food processor; puree until smooth but not liquefied.

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  • Return pear puree to the saucepan. Add agave nectar, lemon juice, orange zest, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer pear butter until thickened, stirring frequently, 70 to 90 minutes.

  • Wash and rinse six 1/2-pint jars, lids and rings; let jars and rings dry on a rack. Immerse lids in a dish of boiling water.

  • Fill a large canning pot with water. Bring to a boil; cover and keep simmering.

  • Fill the dry jars to 1/2 inch from the top with hot pear butter using a ladle and canning funnel. Wipe rims clean. Pick up lids using tongs; cap jars and screw on the rings. Use canning tongs to completely immerse jars into the pot of boiling water. Cover pot; boil jars for 10 minutes.

  • Remove jars with your tongs. Let cool, about 24 hours. Check seals to make sure lids have sucked down; listen for a popping sound. Label jars and store.

Cook's Note:

Mild honey can be substituted for the agave nectar.

Nutrition Facts

63.6 calories; 0.2 g protein; 16.9 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 0.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (4)

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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2019
used the honey and yes will make this again this was pretty easy to do and a good use of the pears that normally go to waste Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/16/2018
This recipe has great bones but something isn't quite right. Followed the instructions to the letter- by the end of max cook time it had the consistency of a very wet and yet chunky sauce. I spent an additional 4 hours simmering to get as close as I could to a fruit butter consistency. It never really got there. It yelided 7 8oz jars. I suspect I am going to tinker with the recipe and try more pears with the same amount or perhaps a tiny more of everything but do it in the slow cooker and see if tweaking it might help. Flavor was great really great but it just doesnt get thick like fruit butter is supposed to do Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2017
I received a bag of pears late in the season which probably isn't a good thing with pears. I ended up with about 8 pounds of pears that were so-so as they were very gritty. The citrus flavor from the orange zest was a bit much so next time I make this I will eliminate it. I did not have any cloves so I used extra allspice and increased all the spices for the additional pears. I increased the lemon juice to almost 1/2 cup. I love the flavor a lot. Next time I make this I hope to have better pears and cloves. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
10/16/2018
This recipe has great bones but something isn't quite right. Followed the instructions to the letter- by the end of max cook time it had the consistency of a very wet and yet chunky sauce. I spent an additional 4 hours simmering to get as close as I could to a fruit butter consistency. It never really got there. It yelided 7 8oz jars. I suspect I am going to tinker with the recipe and try more pears with the same amount or perhaps a tiny more of everything but do it in the slow cooker and see if tweaking it might help. Flavor was great really great but it just doesnt get thick like fruit butter is supposed to do Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2019
used the honey and yes will make this again this was pretty easy to do and a good use of the pears that normally go to waste Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2019
I would double the recipe (at least). I used 10 lbs of cored pears which made about 5 pints after cooked down. This recipe is soo good that 5 pints won't last long Read More