Grandma's Pear Preserves


These pear preserves are so good. Grandma grew up in rural NC and always made these for the family. I hope you enjoy these as much as we have!

close up view of Grandma's Pear Preserves in jars
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
12 hrs
Total Time:
12 hrs 45 mins
6 half pints


  • 6 cups peeled, cored, and sliced pears

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 (2 ounce) package powdered fruit pectin

  • 8 cups white sugar

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice

  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg


  1. Inspect six 8-ounce jars for cracks and rings for rust, discarding any defective ones. Immerse in simmering water for 10 minutes. Wash new, unused lids and rings in warm, soapy water.

  2. Meanwhile, combine pears, water, and lemon juice in a large saucepan. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in pectin, and bring to a full boil. Stir in white sugar; boil and stir until sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in brown sugar, allspice, and nutmeg.

  3. Pack pear preserves into hot, sterilized jars, filling to within 1/2 inch of the top. Run a clean knife or thin spatula around the insides of the jars to remove any air bubbles. Wipe rims with a moist paper towel to remove any residue. Top with lids and screw rings on tightly.

  4. Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil and lower jars 2 inches apart into the boiling water using a holder. Pour in more boiling water to cover jars by at least 1 inch. Bring to a rolling boil, cover, and process for 10 minutes.

  5. Remove the jars from the stockpot and let rest, several inches apart, for 12 to 24 hours. Press the center of each lid with a finger to ensure the lid does not move up or down. Remove the rings for storage and store in a cool, dark area.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

151 Calories
0g Fat
39g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 151
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 38g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 30mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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