Pear Butter Recipe

Pear Butter Recipe

A simple recipe for homemade pear butter. 
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine American, Dairy Free, Gluten Free
Servings 2 pints


  • 5 lbs pears
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • zest of 1/2 orange
  • juice of 1/2 orange
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Peel, core, and quarter the pears.
  • Combine pears and water in large dutch oven or heavy bottom pan.
  • Cover and cook over medium low heat for 40 minutes or until pears are soft, stirring occasionally.
  • Drain any excess liquid.
  • Press pears through a sieve, food mill, or use a potato masher to mash the pears.
  • Add remaining ingredients and cook the pureed pears over medium heat for 15 minutes (or longer if you want it to cook down the pears for a more concentrated flavor).
  • Pour hot mixture into sterilized jars, filling 1/4 inch from the top.
  • Process jars according to manufacturer’s instructions. You may also just store in the freezer if you’re not doing the canning process or just eat within 2 weeks.
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