Homemade Pear Sauce
Nothing tastes more like fall than a delicious homemade Pear Sauce.
It’s that time of year, isn’t it? I love fall and all of the things that go along with it. My kids are back in school and that means more hours in the day to get some of these baking and cooking projects done, especially as we clean up the garden, berry patches and fruit trees. We are lucky enough to have neighbors that offer up their remaining pickings, so we try to utilize everything we can as we head into winter. This year I am spending a few days in the kitchen with friends, which makes canning even more fun.
Last week I shared with you my directions on How to Can Tomato Sauce. Early on in our gardening days, I started looking for ways to take advantage of this, and I started to grow my collection of Canning Supplies. If you have intentions of doing more canning in the future, this is a great idea and these are very useful things for years to come. Most importantly, invest in a good Water Bath Canner. Ball makes a really nice electric water canner that is pretty nice as well. Just remember to select quality canning appliances that will last you though the years, and regardless of what products you use, the directions are pretty simple.
If you have pears to spare (or find a great deal on them at the farmers market!) this sauce is a wonderful way to put them away for use later. You can use this sauce as a side, like apple sauce, and we love it as a topping. It is delicious served with ham or pork chops (my kids LOVE it on their pork chops!)
Homemade Pear Sauce
- Water Bath Canner
- Canning Supplies (lids, rims, jars, jar lifter, etc)
- Sauce Maker/Food Strainer (this is a nicely priced one that gets great reviews)
Step One – Wash the pears well with produce wash. Slice them into pieces that are small enough to go through your sauce maker (I cut mine in quarters).
Step Two – Run the pears through the sauce maker following the directions of your model. To get extra pulp, run the scraps back through the sauce maker.
Step Three – Place the pear puree in a large stock pot and simmer for 20 minutes or until the sauce begins to cook down and thicken up a bit. At this point you can add in spices such as cinnamon if desired. No sugar is needed since pears are so sweet!
Step Four – Wash your jars thoroughly with warm water and soap. Place the pearsauce into the jars. Wipe the rims of the jars with a clean towel so that there is no residue on the rims. Begin to warm the water in your water bath canner. You will need enough water to cover all of the lids of the jars.
Step Five – Place the lid and rim on the jar and secure.
Step Six – Place the jars of pearsauce into the canner. Ensure that there is at least 1 inch of water above the lids of the jars. Bring the water to a boil.
Step Seven – Boil the jars in the water bath canner for 20 minutes for pints and 25 minutes for quarts.
Step Eight – Once the time is up. Turn off the heat to the canner and let the water stop boiling. Gently remove the jars with a jar lifter and place on a dry towel on a flat surface. Do not touch the lids of the jars, they should seal on their own within an hour of removing them from the canner.
Note: Times/temps may need to be altered for altitudes. My times are based off 1500 feet above sea level. If any other products are added to the pear sauce (besides simple spices), times and canning procedures may need to be altered. 20 pounds of pears will yield roughly 6 to 7 quarts of pear sauce or 12 to 14 pints.
You can enjoy your pear sauce so many wonderful ways. Great as a side, a topping, and especially delicious on vanilla ice cream!
Happy fall, what things will you be canning? Will you be making any homemade pear sauce?