For water bath canning pears with honey, ladle diced pears into clean canning jars and pour hot honey syrup over them. Wipe the rims, and apply lids and seal bands. Process the jars for 20 to 25 minutes. Allow the processed jars to cool at room temperature for 12 hours before checking the seals and storing in a cool, dry place.
What is the Best Way to Preserve Pears with Honey?
You can use either a pressure canner or a boiling water canner to preserve pears with honey. The honey acts as a natural preservative for pears. If the processed pears are properly sealed and stored in a cool, dry place, you’ll preserve the fruit for up to one year.Print
Pressure Canning Pears with Honey
Although you can water bath can pears with honey, you can also use a pressure canner, if desired. Once you’ve prepared your pears with honey syrup, process your pint jars according to your elevation for 10 minutes at the pressure indicated in the table below:
|Altitude||0- 1,000 ft||1,001-2,000 ft||2,001-4,000 ft||4,001-6,000 ft||6,000 ft +|
|Pints (10 minutes)||6lbs||7lbs||8lbs||9lbs||10lbs|
Once processed, remove the jars carefully from the pressure canner and allow them to reach room temperature over 24 hours. Remove the screw bands from the jars and check the seals. Reprocess or use any unsealed jars within 14 days. For sealed jars, store them in a cool, dry place for up to a year.
How to Keep Canned Pears from Turning Brown
Canned pears turn brown due to oxidation, affecting their appearance and texture. You can add a small amount of lemon juice to the honey syrup to prevent pears from turning brown. You can also add ascorbic acid (vitamin C) to the syrup to prevent the browning of the pears.
Another thing that causes canned pears to turn brown is exposure to light. This speeds up the oxidation process and can be avoided by storing canned pears in a cool, dark place.
What are the Best Pears for Canning?
If you don’t have a pear tree, you may wonder what varieties of pears you should buy to make canned pears. The following types of pears are best for canning:
Anjou: This pear has a firm texture with a sweet and slightly tangy flavor. They hold their shape well during the canning process and make an excellent dessert topping.
Bartlett: These pears are sweet, juicy, and tender. They are widely available and are great for making pear butter or pear jam.
Bosc: These pears have a slightly firmer texture than Bartlett. They have a rich, slightly spicy flavor that pairs well with cinnamon sticks and other warm spices.
Comice: These pears are one of the sweetest varieties and do better when canned in light syrup. They have a buttery texture that makes them a popular choice for making canned applesauce.
It’s important to note that Asian pears are less acidic, so it is important to add lemon juice to acidify them before canning.
Can You Can Pears Without Sugar?
Yes, pears can be canned without sugar. However, most pear recipes call for equal parts pears and cups of sugar because sugar helps to retain the flavor, color, and texture of canned pears.
If you omit sugar but want to add sweetness to canned pears, you can use honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, crushed pineapple, or apple juice. When using these substitutes, it is important to note that they have different sweetness levels compared to sugar, so be sure to adjust the amount accordingly.
Can Pears be Raw-packed for Canning?
Yes, pears can be raw-packed for canning. You’ll need to fill the jars with raw pears, add hot syrup, and process them in a canner. Raw-packed pears are firmer and retain their texture better than pears that are cooked before canning.
However, per the University of Alaska Fairbanks, hot-packing is a better food preservation method for acidic fruits like peaches, pineapples, and pears than raw-packing. It is easier to hot-pack jars, and pears are less likely to float when hot-packed.
How Long Can Canned Pears Be Stored?
Canned pears have an average shelf-life of one year.
Proper storage of canned pears involves storing them in a cool, dry, and dark place. Rotate your stock periodically and consume the oldest jars first.
Once you’ve opened canned pears, place them in an airtight container. Keep them in the refrigerator and consume them in 3 to 4 days.