These pears are simple to make, and simply delicious, too!
This isn’t quite a sugar-free recipe, as there is of course a great deal of sugar in the apple juice, but there’s no added refined sugar.
One of these pear halves is delicious with a dollop of fat-free Greek yoghurt on it.
Jar size choices: Half-litre (1 US pint / 500 ml/ 16 oz) OR litre (US quart / 32 oz)
Processing method: Either water-bath or steam canning
Yield: 3 x litre (US quart) jars
Headspace: 2 cm (1/2 inch)
Processing time: Half-litre (pint) 20 minutes; litre (quart) 25 minutes.
Yield: Makes 6 x half-litre (1 US pint) jars
Serving size: ½ pear
Fat: .1 g
- 3 to 4 kg pears (6 to 9 lbs, 18 to 27 medium-sized)
- 1 litre unsweetened apple juice (4 cups / 32 oz)
- Cinnamon sticks about 5 to 10 cm (2 to 4 inches) long
- Wash pears. Cut in half lengthwise, core and peel. Place completed pear halves in a bowl of water with some lemon juice in it.
- Put a broad pan such as a Dutch oven with 5 to 10 cm (a few inches) of water in it on to start boiling.
- Put the apple juice in a saucepan and set on a burner to start heating.
- Poach the pears one layer at a time in the pot of boiling water, until they are hot throughout.
- Bring apple juice to full boil.
- Pack hot pears into half-litre (US pint) or litre (US quart) jars, core cavity downwards. It's okay to layer them in the jar.
- Leave 2 cm (1/2 inch) headspace.
- Tuck 1 cinnamon stick in each jar.
- Top up each jar with the hot apple juice.
- Debubble, adjust headspace.
- Wipe jar rims.
- Put lids on.
- Process in a water bath or steam canner.
- Process half-litre (US pint) jars for 20 minutes; litre (US quart) jars for 25 minutes. Increase time as needed for your altitude.
- Best after at least a few weeks of jar time.
The apple juice quantity is approximate. You may need more or less.
Instead of boiling the apple juice in a pot, you could zap it to boiling in a microwave.
The expectation would be that the pears are going into the jars quite warm to hot -- as opposed to room temperature or cold.
How to water bath process.
How to steam can.
When water-bath canning or steam canning, you must adjust the processing time for your altitude.
Cinnamon Pears. In: Ball Blue Book. Muncie, Indiana: Healthmark LLC / Jarden Home Brands. Edition 37. 2014. Page 20
Serving size: 1/2 pear
(Nutrition based on assumption that a pear has absorbed 1 tbsp apple juice.)
Per 1/2 pear. 47 calories.
Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: Per pear half, 1 point.
* Nutrition info provided by http://caloriecount.about.com
* PointsPlus™ calculated by healthycanning.com. Not endorsed by Weight Watchers® International, Inc, which is the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.