Ginger-Pear Preserves

Back in Yankee's infancy, in 1938, we were already including great recipes celebrating the seasons of New England. The pear-and-ginger combination here is stellar–and, once again, a fairly simple recipe. If 10 pounds of pears is more than you want to can, cut the recipe in half.

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. Spoon into hot sterilized canning jars (leaving headspace). Seal and process 20 minutes.

Cooking & Recipes

Yield: 

about 20 pints

Preparation Time: 

1 hour

Start to Finish Time: 

12 hours (inclu

Preparation Method

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Could you use candied ginger?

Could you use candied ginger?

Yes, you could, but be sure

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

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

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.

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

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.