BOTTLED PEARS

Bottle fresh, crunchy, delicious pears in water, honey, fruit juice or syrup to enjoy all year long! This recipe can be used for all pears (except for nashi pears - see nashi pear recipe for details).
     

Ingredients for BOTTLED PEARS

 

Yield: 1 litre

(4 cups)

Yield: 4.5 litres

(18 cups)

Yield: 7 litres

(28 cups)

Pears

1.1kg (2 1/2 pounds)

5kg (11 pounds)

8kg (17 1/2 pounds)

Lemon Juice*

1 tablespoon

1/4 cup

1/3 cup

Water, Honey Solution, Fruit Juice or Syrup**

approximately 1 1/2 cups

approximately 6 2/3 cups

approximately 10 2/3 cups

*or replace lemon juice with citric acid (1/4 teaspoon per 1 litre yield)

** refer to syrup chart below for syrup ingredients and quantities.

METHOD:
1.  Weigh fruit to determine the bottling yield.
2.  Sterilise all equipment by washing in hot soapy water and rinsing well before use.
3.  Wash, peel, halve and core pears. Pears can be left in halves, sliced or diced as desired.
4.  Place pears into acidified water (water with a squeeze of lemon juice added) to prevent browning. Repeat washing, peeling, coring, slicing and soaking with the remaining fruit.
5.  Prepare jars by boiling in a pot of water for 10 minutes before filling.
6.  Soak lids in hot water (not on heat) for at least 5 minutes before use.
7.  Prepare syrup (if using), ensuring all sugar has dissolved. Refer to syrup chart below.
8.  Dissolve honey into water (if using). Refer to syrup chart below.
9.  Heat water, honey solution, fruit juice (i.e. apple or grape juice) or syrup until hot.
10.  Blanch batches of pears (single layer) in the hot liquid, simmering gently for 5 minutes.
11.  Strain pears and set aside. Keep fruit hot. Repeat with remaining fruit.
12.  Pack hot jars with the hot fruit to 2.5cm (1 inch) from the rim of each jar.
13.  Add hot syrup (or other liquid) into each jar, filling to 1cm (1/2 inch) from the rim of each jar.
14.  Using a non-metal utensil, remove any bubbles and add extra syrup if required.
15.  Wipe rims to remove any food residue.
16.  Add warm lids and twist to secure.
17.  Place sealed jars into a pot of boiling water and boil for the processing time stated below. Start the timer once the water comes to a full boil.
18.  Turn off the heat source once the time is up. Remove jars from hot water after 5 more minutes. Cool jars overnight on a wood or fabric surface. Do not adjust lids during this time.
19.  The next day, check jars have sealed before labelling and dating.
20.  Store jars in a cool, dark and dry place for up to 12 months.
21.  Refrigerate jars upon opening and consume contents within 5-7 days
22.  Dehydrate pear peels to make pear powder; or boil them just covered with water to make lightly flavoured pear juice (which can be used to make pear jelly with the addition of JamSetta or pectin and sugar).
 
FLAVOUR IDEAS: 

Add a pinch of spice of a spoonful of juice (or liqueur) to a 500ml (pint) jar of bottled pears, process according to the recipe and taste when opening to check the flavouring. Then make in larger batches as desired.
o  Almond
o  Amaretto
o  Brandy
o  Brown sugar (known as caramel pears)
o  Chai
o  Cinnamon
o  Cloves
o  Gingero  Orange
o  Port
o  Red wine
o  Cinnamon, Ginger & Honey
o  Ginger, Cinnamon & Brandy
o  Ginger, Honey & Vanilla
o  Honey, Lime Juice (or Zest)
o  Honey & Rosemary

Syrup Chart for BOTTLED PEARS

Syrup

Sugar %

1L (1 quart) batch

4.5L (9 pint) batch

7L (7 quart) batch

Very Light

10%

1 1/2 cups water

3 tablespoons sugar

6 1/2 cups water

3/4 cup sugar

10 1/2 cups water

1 1/4 cups sugar

Light

20%

1 1/3 cups water

1/4 cup

sugar

5 3/4 cups water

1 1/2 cups

sugar

9 cups water

2 1/2 cups sugar

Medium

30%

1 1/4 cups water

1/2 cup

sugar

5 1/4 cups water

2 1/4 cups sugar

8 1/4 cups water

3 3/4 cups sugar

Honey

varies

1 1/2 cups water

2 tablespoons honey

6 1/2 cups water

1/3 cup

honey

10 1/2 cups water

1/2 cup

honey

Fruit Juice

varies

1 1/2 cups fruit juice

6 2/3 cups fruit juice

10 2/3 cups fruit juice

Water

0%

1 1/2 cups water

6 2/3 cups water

10 2/3 cups water

      

Processing Time for BOTTLED PEARS in a Boiling Water Bath


Jar

Size

Altitude

≤ 1,000 feet

Altitude

1,001 - 3,000 feet

Altitude

3,001 - 6,000 feet

Altitude

≥ 6,000 feet

Hot Pack

≤ 500ml

 (pints)

20 minutes

25 minutes

30 minutes

35 minutes

≤ 1 Litre

(quarts)

25 minutes

30 minutes

35 minutes

40 minutes

        

Processing Time for BOTTLED PEARS in a Dial Gauge Pressure Canner


Jar Size

Processing Time

Canner Pressure

at Altitude

≤ 2,000 feet

Canner Pressure

at Altitude

2,001 - 4,000 feet

Canner Pressure

at Altitude

4,001 - 6,000 feet

Canner Pressure

at Altitude

6,001 - 8,000 feet

Hot Pack

≤ 1 Litre

(quarts)

10 minutes

6 PSI

7 PSI

8 PSI

9 PSI

          

Processing Time for BOTTLED PEARS in a Weighted Gauge Pressure Canner


Jar Size

Processing Time

Canner Pressure

at Altitude ≤ 1,000 feet

Canner Pressure

at Altitude ≥ 1,000 feet

Hot Pack

≤ 1 Litre

(quarts)

10 minutes

5 PSI

10 PSI

  


Left to right: Pear slices in syrup; Pear Halves in Syrup (top); Caramel Pear Slices; Cinnamon Pear Pie Filling; Pear Slices in Apple Juice; Puree Pears.
 
Author: Megan Radaich          
Image credit: Megan Radaich          
Publication: www.foodpreserving.org

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