Old Fashioned Pear Butter Recipe
Spiced with nutmeg, orange peel, and citrus juice, this pear butter recipe is so yummy! It's a fun twist to the common placed apple butter and the flavor is outstanding.
What is pear butter, anyway?
Most people have heard of apple butter, but pear butter is a bit more unusual. We had never heard of it until our friend told us about it! Not usually though of as a jam or jelly, pear butter can be categorized as a fruit spread. Pear butter does not set up like a jelly does; its' consistency is a bit thicker than that of apple sauce.
Old Fashioned Pear Butter
6-7 lbs. pears
4 C. sugar
1 tsp. grated orange peel
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/3 C. orange juice
1. Wash, core, peel, and slice pears.
2. Combine pears and 1/2 C. water in a large sauce pot. Simmer until pears are soft.
3. Puree pears using a food processor or food mill, but do not liquify. Measure 2 quarts pear pulp.
4. Combine pear pulp and sugar in a large sauce pot, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add remaining ingredients. Cook until thick enough to mound up on a spoon. As mixture thickens, stir frequently to prevent sticking.
5. Ladle hot butter into hot jars, leaving a 1/4 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe rims with a damp cloth on screw on lids and bands.
6. Water bath for 10 minutes.
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