We spent the last three days making pear butter. It's a simple recipe that uses 5 ingredients! I used my crock pot and that reduced the preparation time immensely. Peeling pear after pear was worth basking in the aroma of sweet fruit mingling with nutmeg and citrus wafting through the house all day.
I found this amazing deal at the local grocery store over the weekend. They had boxes of fresh pears reduced to $9! They are normally $29.99. They were ripe and ready to be used, so my frugal self had to take a box home.
I was up for the challenge.
I decided to make pear butter, because the children possibly couldn't eat 40 or more pears in a day or two. The pear butter has a wonderful spiced taste that is different from the typical cinnamon and cloves palate apple butter serves up.
If you love nutmeg, this recipe is for you.
Here's what you will need:
- 4 pounds of peeled, cored, and quartered fresh pears (I typically used about 18, but I filled my small crock pot full)
- 2 cups of white sugar
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 1 tablespoon nutmeg
- 1/2 cup orange juice (I just squeezed the orange and added enough water to make 1/2 cup)
Here's what we did:
- I peeled, cored, and quartered the pears. THIS was the most tedious part of the process. I decided to use my crock pot instead of the traditional stove top method. You could easily just core and quarter the pears and boil over the stove until mushy. To remove the skins, you would push the pulp through a sieve.
- Next, I added the sugar, zest, nutmeg, and orange juice.
- Stir as best as you can to incorporate the ingredients throughout the crock.
- Cover and bake on high for a few hours, stirring every hour or so.
- Reduce the heat and bake for a few more hours.
- The pear butter can be processed into pints, but I froze the majority of mine. If you can the butter it probably would be processed like applesauce or apple butter. I did keep a few pints back for eating.
- We served the pear butter with warm biscuits. It would taste great with fresh bread, roasted meats, or served over french toast.