These pears are simple to make, and simply delicious, too!
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.
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.
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 quite warm to hot into the jars — as opposed to room temperature or cold.
Don’t use Asian pears for this; they aren’t as acidic as European pears, and this recipe was developed for European pears.
Don’t use the variety of pears known as Comice — they don’t hold their shape well in cooking or canning.
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 https://caloriecount.about.com
* PointsPlus™ calculated by healthycanning.com. Not endorsed by Weight Watchers® International, Inc, which is the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.