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pear preserves

Pear Preserves

These pear preserves are so light and delicious. They add the best flavor to home-baked biscuits!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 40 mins
Servings 7 half-pint jars


  • 2 large pots
  • 7 half-pint jars with lids
  • ladle


  • 16 cups peeled, sliced fresh pears (about 16 medium)
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice


  • In a large pot, combine pears, sugar, water, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil.
  • Cook, uncovered, for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until mixture thickens. It should reach a spreadable consistency.
  • Remove from heat. Ladle into seven hot half-pint jars. Be sure to leave 1/4" headspace.
  • Wipe rims. Place lids on the jars. Screw on lids until fingertip tight.
  • Place jars in canner or large pot. The jars must be completely covered with water. Bring to a boil. Let boil, or process, for 10 minutes.
  • Remove jars and cool. After 24 hours, the jars that haven't sealed should be placed in the refrigerator.