We had all these lovely pears off the tree in the backyard, but they took forever to ripen. We did eat a few here and there, and they tasted fine, but I had to find something to make with them. I didn’t want to waste them!
Matt suggested, “How about pear butter? I love apple butter. It can’t be that different.” I’d never tried making anything like that before, because I usually don’t eat it.
I looked through recipes online and Chickens in the Road‘s author Suzanne McMinn entertained with a heartwarming story about how she made pear butter in a 100-year-old farmhouse with an elderly woman named Georgia. I love that name. Though I didn’t use her recipe, the pictures of her pears looked just like mine, so I knew I was on the right track. I made it a little hard on myself because I had to make the pear sauce BEFORE I even attempted to make the pear butter, but it was my first time, so I decided to give myself a break. Next time, I’ll stick with Chickens in the Road’s pear butter recipe. Hold on to your britches! This one takes a while, but the crock pot does everything for you but core and peel the pears.
Makes about 2 and 1/2 mason jars or 2 spaghetti jars full. Cooks 18-22 hours. You’ll want to can this one.
What you’ll need to make the pear sauce (in order to make the pear butter):
12 pears (I didn’t have quite that many!)
3/4 cup water
How to cook it:
1. Peel, core and slice the pears.
2. Place them in the crock pot, cover and cook on low 8-10 hours.
3. When it’s finished, start the pear butter.
What you’ll need to make the pear butter:
8 cups pear sauce
2 cups brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon cinnamon
How to cook it:
1. Place everything in the slow cooker.
2. Cover and cook on high 10-12 hours.
TOO SWEET! It tasted just like apple butter, but I would suggest only 1 to 1 and 1/2 cups of sugar. We didn’t can it. We didn’t realize it had to be canned immediately and let it sit in the fridge for almost two weeks before we discovered that. I was beyond irritated because it could have been given as Christmas gifts. Lord knows, it took almost two days to make it. Next time, I’ll know. It was super easy to make. I didn’t have to do anything but cut up the pears. The crock pot did the rest!