Ginger-Pear Preserves

Pear Ginger Preserves
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Ingredients

10 pounds pears
5 pounds sugar
5 ounces ginger
5 lemons, thinly sliced

Instructions

Peel and slice pears very thinly. Place in a large bowl. Add sugar, ginger, and lemon slices; toss well to coat. Let stand overnight. In a large pot over low heat, cook, stirring often, about 3 hours. 

To test your jam to see if it’s done, dip a cold metal spoon into the boiling jam. Over a plate, turn the spoon on its side so the liquid runs off the side. The jam is done when it forms two drops that flow together and sheet or hang off the edge of the spoon.

Prepare boiling water canner and heat jars in simmering water until ready to use. Wash lids in warm soapy water and set aside.

Remove jam from heat and skim off any foam. Ladle hot jam into hot jars leaving a ¼ inch of headspace. Clean rims of jars before putting on jar lids. Screw the metal bands on finger tight and place in boiling-water bath canner. Process for 10 minutes.

Turn off heat and take off lid. After 10 minutes, remove jars and place on a rack or kitchen towel on the counter.  Allow jars of jams to cool down without moving. You may hear pinging…the jars have sealed!

After 24 hours remove the screw bands and test seal by pressing gently on the lid. If there is any give, it has not processed correctly and may be reprocessed or refrigerated for immediately use.

Store processed jam for up to a year in a cool, dry place.

Yield: 

about 20 pints

Preparation Time

1 Hour

Total Time

12 Hours

Reader Comments

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Thanks for the recipe. Do I

Thanks for the recipe. Do I have to peel the lemons before slicing them?

It is not necessary to peel

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It is not necessary to peel the lemons, but do be sure that they are thinly sliced and of course, seeded.

Could you use candied ginger?

Could you use candied ginger?

Yes, you could, but be sure

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Yes, you could, but be sure to mince it as finely as possible. And you might want to cut back on the sugar just a little bit since you will get some from the ginger. 

Could I add replace ginger

Could I add replace ginger with hot pepper ? I would like to make 2 batches . One Ginger Pear..another Pear Pepper ? Thank you for recipe .

We leave that up to your

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We leave that up to your taste buds, Betty!

Lemon Slices

Do you leave the lemon slices in the finished product or do you remove before filling the jars?

Lemon Slices

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Hi Lori,

Leave them in for fuller flavor.

I am wondering if there is

I am wondering if there is water added to this recipe?

No, you do not add water.

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No, you do not add water.

I still see no pectin added

I still see no pectin added in recipes..really?

Some cooks/bakers prefer to

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Some cooks/bakers prefer to use pectin and that is just fine. It will shorten the cooking time.

I, too, am wondering about

I, too, am wondering about the prep of the ginger.

You would peel and grate the

You would peel and grate the ginger, or finely dice. Your preference.
Enjoy!

Sounds delicious. How do you

Sounds delicious. How do you prepare the ginger? I presume you peel it, but do you slice, grate or chop it?

what do you do with the

what do you do with the lemons??

The lemon slices are added at

The lemon slices are added at the same time as the other ingredients. We apologize for leaving out that step.