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Grandma's Pear Preserves

Grandma's Pear Preserves

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Grandma grew up in rural NC and always made these for the family. They are so good ... I hope you enjoy these as much as we have.

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  • Calories:
  • 151 kcal
  • 8%
  • Fat:
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Carbs:
  • 38.9g
  • 13%
  • Protein:
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Sterilize jars and lids in boiling water for at least 10 minutes. Let simmer while making jam.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine pears, water, and lemon juice. Cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in pectin, and bring to a full boil. Stir in the white sugar, and continue boiling and stirring uncovered for 1 minute, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and stir in brown sugar, allspice, and nutmeg.
  3. Quickly fill jars to within 1/2 inch of the top. Wipe rims clean, and top with lids. Process jars in boiling water for 10 minutes to seal.
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okay, I knew making this that there was a chance of it being syrupy (reading the reviews) but, as it's the only pear jelly recipe I thought I would give it a try. Sure enough, very, after asking my mothers I have come up with this for future readers. 1. I used liquid pectic (3oz). My mother swears that gramma used to use powdered because she thought it also contained geletin. so, I'm wondering if the other syrupy reviewers used liquid? Also, the recipe did not state whether I should mash the pears, so basically I have pears in syrup. Taste pretty good though, which is why I gave it two stars. Will use on pancakes or something. *Updated* mashed the pears and recanned. worked out much better. So, mash your pears or you get syrup.


Great flavor and easy to make... I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out great. I was looking for a Pear jam recipe, so after the pears cooked I used my handheld mixed and pureed the pears before adding the pectin. Great recipe. Yum! Although be prepared... it makes a big batch.


This looked like a really good preserve recipe, but there was way too much syrup for the amount of pears. Could there be a mistake in the amount of sugar called for? 8 cups seemed like a lot for only 6 cups of pears. Definitely won't do again unless a recipe correction is received.