Mommy's Kitchen - Recipes From my Texas Kitchen: Homemade Pear Honey

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Homemade Pear Honey

Today I tried my hand at Homemade Pear Honey. I have to say it was easier than I thought it would be. The hardest part was peeling and chopping all those beautiful pears. I have been wanting to make pear honey for some time now. The first time I tasted Pear honey was at my mother in laws house, she had a jar in the refrigerator and I added some to my toast just to try it. Ummm it was love at first bite, that was years and years ago.

I had asked her where she had gotten the homemade pear honey? She told me that a friend of hers had gotten it from their grandmother, I asked if she could get the recipe. Months later she mentioned to me that the woman who made the honey was not making it anymore and was in a nursing home so she could not get the recipe. It was that day my hunt began to find a tried and true recipe.

My oldest son had brought me a big bag of pears home from his grandmothers house last weekend. I was shocked at all those pears, what to do with them? Pear Honey I said..... We ate a few of the pears just because we couldn't resist. Some of them were really ripe a few others were harder so I thought they would be perfect. 

 I remembered a recipe I saw thumbing through one of Paula Deens Cook Books, The Lady & Sons Savannah Country Cookbook" I thought this recipe is the one, it wasn't packed with all sorts of funny ingredients like some I have seen. Just four simple ingredients and a little patience. I am really trying to get a jump on my canning. I want to give some as gifts for the upcoming holidays. I am going to try my hand at Crock Pot Apple Butter next time.

~ One of my favorite cookbooks in my collection ~
These are the ingredients you will need.  
Fresh Pears, Crushed Pineapple, Lemon Juice, Sugar and a little patience. Mix all the ingredients together and bring to a boil.Just like this, reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes.

 I simmered mine for about 45-1 hour before mine thickened. When mixture thickens you are ready to fill your jars. I also read that if your pear honey does not thicken up slightly, you can add a bit of prepared pectin to the mixture to help thicken it up a bit (I would add a tablespoon at a time). Sterilize the jars you will be using. I added a dish cloth to the bottom of a large pot and placed my jars on top. Fill with water and sterilize for 10 minutes. Using tongs and a hot pad remove jars from water.

Peel and chop pears approx - 8 cups

I pureed mine in a blender for a few seconds since the pears were so firm, then i added them to the pot to cook.

Just like this, I thought it might be easier for the pears to cook down.

add one 20 oz can of crushed pineapple with syrup (I had to get a larger pot it did not look like all that sugar was gonna fit with the fruit mixture) so that is why the picture went from a white pot to a black.
and 10 cups of sugar (ikes is what i was thinking at this point)

and one Tablespoon of Lemon Juice.

and place on a counter covered with a towel or placemat. This is so the hot jars do not come in contact with the cold counter. Add the rings and lids to a seperate bowl and add boiling water to cover while you are filling your jars with the hot mixture. Sorry i forgot to get a picture of the lids and rings.

Fill each sterilized jar with pear honey and leave about 1/2 inch head room. Wipe the rims and sides of the jars to clean off any remaining pear honey mixture. Then add a lid on each jar and screw on the rings dont screw them on to tight.

add your dish cloth to the bottom of a large pot and return the jars. Fill with cold water. Enough to cover the jars.

Bring water to a boil. Once the water comes to a boil this is where your processing time begins.

Cover pot and reduce heat a bit and process jars in hot water bath 5 minutes for half pints and 10 minutes for pints. I used a few half pints and the rest were pint jars.

When the time is up remove lid and remove jars carefully. Use tongs and a hot pad. Place jars back on the dish towel to cool on the counter. Let your jars sit on the counter overnight. In the morning press down on the lids to make sure they are sealed properly, the lid should not pop up when you press it.

Pear Honey(Recipe source: Paula Deen)

8 cups (about 3 pounds) peeled, cored, and chopped pears
1 - 20-ounce can crushed pineapple with syrup
10 cups sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Mix all ingredients and bring mixture to a full rolling boil. 

Reduce heat and simmer until  the pears are tender and mixture thickens, approximately 30 minutes. If the mixture does not thicken you can add about one tablespoon pectin.

Place in sterilized jars and seal while still hot.

Yields 12-16 half pint jars

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Joan said... #

Tina! You make that look so easy! It also sounds so yummy. It would make great Christmas gifts. I am going to try that this weekend. I will let you know how it goes.
Have a great day!

Maria said... #

I have never been a canner. I wish I was! That pear honey looks so delicious!!

Live.Love.Eat said... #

I wish i was a canner too. You certainly have quite a few coveted recipes.

Jess said... #

Yummy! I agree, You do make canning look super easy! You almost make me want to start canning!!

Michelle said... #

My mom made this a few years ago and it's so good. I love it on hot biscuits. Thanks for sharing.

Stephanie said... #

I've never had pear honey, but I've heard of it before and it sounds so wonderful! Yours looks so great in the jars, very beautiful.

Teresa Cordero Cordell said... #

Tina, I like this recipe. I should go out and buy the cookbook. It's one I don't have. Isn't Paula cool? She drives me crazy sometimes, but I like the way she cooks. Did you get her chocolate magazine? It's filled with some really great recipes.

Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Oh yes Teresa i have Paula Deens Chocolate Magazine. I adore that womans cooking.

Heart 4 My Home said... #


Thank you soooo much for the honor of sharing the link from my blog on the pear honey post. What an honor that you featured it.

Your honey looks so yummy. I think this and spiced pear jam are my favorite 2 sweet treats. Go figure since I am not a pear fan much. Oh well, I guess if you add enough sugar to anything it certainly tickles my taste buds. *grin*


Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Nichole you are welcome. I wanted everyone to know that you can make this wonderful honey with canned pears as well, so you deserve the credit for that recipe. I am glad you stopped by and were pleasantly surprised.

Noor said... #

Oh man this looks good. I have never had it but I want to make some :)..

Sandy said... #

Good job on the pear honey Tina! Yum!
Thanks for visiting me, too!
Happy November!

Cortni said... #

I just found your blog and I love it!! All of your recipes are so simple...makes it sound like anyone can do it!! Thanks!

Rachael said... #

Nice job! I had never made this before but had several friends who's Mom/Grandma/neighbor, etc., had. But noone had a recipe so I started googling. I found several like this but I wanted to can my pears and use the leftovers. I found a recipe at a pick your own fruit site that used the sound peelings and cores of the pears. It worked great! One friend said it tasted just like his Mom's (she had died a few years before and it was a taste of happy memories for him). So, I got my cake and ate it too - or got my pears and pear honey too! Now, since I don't enjoy peeling pears and I have enough canned, I am making pear honey with the whole, sound, unpeeled pears, just cut in pieces and plan to put them through the food mill for more pear honey, with less number of pears than the recipe calling for peels and cores alone. Thought I'd pass on another way to use you pear "waste"! Have a great day!

Anonymous said... #

What type of pear did you use? Bosc or Bartlette?

Tina at Mommy's Kitchen said... #

I am not sure on what type of pears they were. The pears were given to me from someones tree and she did not know what kind they were.

Anonymous said... #

Thanks for the recipe, I'm really excited to try it :) Also, my husband and I have been going crazy looking for the Jell-O Pudding pops in stores and I was so happy to see your recipe here. I'm going to try making them today!

Anonymous said... #

Maybe its a silly question but... properly canned how long should pear honey last on the shelf?

I'm wondering if I can make this a whole year in advance... i'm considering making it now for my 2012 summer wedding as favors.

I've never done canning before - i know jelly and such can last a long while.. how about this?

Tina @ Mommy's Kitchen said... #

properly canned good last for up to a year in your pantry unopened.

Christy said... #

Found your blog by investigating making pudding pops for my son. Used your recipe and also tried the yogurt pops we used raspberry and peach for our pop. I have to say the pudding pops turned out great as did the yogurt pops. Our four year old son really enjoyed helping as well as eating them (so did mommy and daddy). The other comment I wanted to make was you inspired me to try canning for the first time and I loved it. We have a wonderful pear tree in our yard that always produce tons of pears and I never know what to do with them and then while going through your blog I saw the Paula Dean recipe for pear honey. I had to try it. THe canning went great (i only burned my finger on a hot jar once :)I was really nervous about it but your directions are so straight forward and step by step I love it. I also love that you but pics of each step. Anyway.. Just wanted to let you know your blog inspired me to try something I have been wanting to try for years but was very trepidacious about trying canning. It was not bad at all, and I will be cannning again, I'm thinking homemade jams, jellies or honey will be great presents for the end of the year. Again thanks for your blog and the simplicity of the recipes.

Anonymous said... #

Thanks for the share. Canning caught my eyes about 3 years ago. I have done alit of it. Most trial and error. Just canned a boat load of tomatoes this past weekend. I am going to do the pear honey and apple butter. Anyone can can. I am a male and never in my days thought I would be doing this. Easy fun and a good way to get the family together to spend some quality time together. My 15 year daughter loves to help me. My wife on the other hand thinks buying the stuff at the store is a better way to go. I say hog wash... Nothing better than homemade. Thank you and love you site. :)

Daymon Smallwood said... #

I like this recipe but have a question. I have several sugar pear trees can I swap sugar pears if so do I need to cut down amount of sugar since the sugar pear is so sweet?

Anonymous said... #

I only used 3 cups of sugar and 2 cans of crushed pineapple. it turned out awesome. I have another recipe that says it has to season for 2 to 6 this necessary? thanks.

Winn1104 said... #

Thanks for the awesome resipe, I had never tried pear honey but with two boxes of pears I have been trying anything to get them used up and this was delicious! I just have one suggestion, you aren't supposed to push the lids of your jars down. You should let them sit for 12-24 hours and if any of the jars haven't sealed (the lid should pop down on it's own) replace the lid and repeat the boiling process. If it doesn't seal on it's own that means you have an improper seal and the contents of the jar will probably go bad.

Laura said... #

I had about 1/2 the amount of pears, so I adjusted the recipe. And instead of pineapple(which I didn't have on-hand), I used 1/2 mandarin oranges (canned) and 1/2 sliced strawberries in syrup (which I did have on-hand, I pureed them together). It turned out SO tasty!
I'm thinking this will probably taste pretty good on thumbprint cookies too. :)

Anonymous said... #

Woo Hoo!! A great way to keep the pears and get the family to eat them!! Super easy.

Kaye said... #

OK, I guess this is a dumb question, but how much is "a little bit of pectin". I have my pectin, but how much should I add. Perhaps a teaspoon full or so?
Thanks, I'm trying this tomorrow. Hope it's how my Mom did it, because I sure can't find her recipe. Boo Hoo.

Constance Chappell said... #

Could I just make this the same way and freeze it? Have you tried freezing it? I'm not really set up to make or store canned foods properly but I have lots of freezer space and freezer jam jars. I freeze apple butter and it comes out great--this seems similar so I'm hoping it'd be OK.

Tina Butler said... #

I have never frozen pear honey, so I cannot tell you how the results would be.

Anonymous said... #

Tina, I made Pear Honey today. I have never had this before and it is awesome! I followed your directions to the letter and it turned out great. Thanks for sharing.

Pat said... #

Just made the pear honey. I used half brown sugar half regular sugar. Simmered for about two hours stirring most of the time. It came out a beautiful dark amber from the brown sugar but very clear and the thickness of honey when put on a cold spoon. From some of the comments I read people were looking more for a pear butter. Use this just like you would use honey. I wanted to raise honey bees but I am allergic. Now I have a source for honey that won't kill me! Thanks so much.

Unknown said... #

I just want to say that you don't have to peel pears. You put them in a hot water bath just like peachs except you don't leave them in the water as long. They turn out beautiful. Better than peeling them as they are smoother.I have been doing this for a long time. Hope this helps people to be able to can or fix pears easier.

Anonymous said... #

Hello, I would like to try this recipe but please help me, I have no idea how to translate "10 cups of sugar" on my language, can You help me and write it in different measure? Thank you

Anonymous said... #

How long does this keep for?

Anonymous said... #

I do have my grandma's recipe and in her comments at the end of the recipe she says to make sure to not overcook it or it will turn to sugar. I made too big of a batch to fill them quickly enough and several of my jars did turn to sugar after they had been open for a while. great recipe!