Pears are one of the easiest fruits to preserve because they don't require much handling. They can be frozen, dehydrated or canned - the latter method being our favorite because it allows for creative freedom when flavoring the luscious syrup you'll use to preserve pears.
We've gathered a few tips and tricks, along with a helpful video, that will help you learn how to preserve pears in syrup. It's an easy process anyone can do at home given they have the proper equipment.
You'll need: canning jars and lids, two large pots (one for the pears, the other for boiling water), a slotted spoon and a jar lifter.
How To Preserve Pears
Here's what to do:
- Wash and dry the pears thoroughly.
- Peel the pears with a pairing knife or veggie peeler.
- Trim off stems and slice each pear in half lengthwise.
- Cut the pear in half again, this time removing the pits and core.
- Place the cut pears in a bowl and toss with fresh lemon juice (which will prevent browning).
- Make a sugar syrup with one part sugar to two parts water. You may add other flavorings such as cinnamon, cloves or ginger.
- Cook pears in the syrup until soft. Separate into sterilized jars and follow the regular canning process.
VIDEO: HOW TO PRESERVE PEARS IN SYRUP
Here's a great how-to video from Garden Girl who walks you through every step involved in canning pears. After prepping the pears you'll cook them in a sugar syrup spiced with ginger and later them preserve them in jars.
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