Mom & Dad’s Pear Butter

Don't let pear season pass you by without a batch of this delicious spread.

by Dani Yokhna
PHOTO: Tracy Benjamin
Pear butter


  • 12 cups pear pulp
  • 6 cups maple sugar, evaporated cane juice, brown, or granulated sugar, depending on your taste
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp. grated orange peel
  • 1/2p. nutmeg

Cook washed, sliced pears until soft, adding just enough water (if any) to prevent sticking. Press through sieve or food mill.

Measure 12 cups, and mix in sweetener, orange juice, peel and nutmeg.

Pour, hot, into Ball Jars (pints or quarts) and process according to your own canning traditions and instructions.

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