Pears are one of the easiest fruits to preserve because they don't require much handling. After knowing how to cook pears, you will know how they can be frozen, dehydrated or canned - the latter method being our favourite because it allows for creative freedom when flavouring 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 flavourings such as cinnamon, cloves or ginger.
Cook pears in the syrup until soft. Separate into sterilised jars and follow the regular canning process.
Video: how to preserve pears in a 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 preserve them in jars.