Make Pear Preserves easily in the crockpot! It's simple, you don't even need to peel the pears! This dump and go pear preserves recipe uses brown sugar, lemon juice, water and sliced pears. Slow cook in the crockpot for 10 hours and you've got scrumptious pear preserves to use on toast, pastries, or even chicken!
This pear preserves recipe uses only 3 simple ingredients: pears, brown sugar, and lemon juice. There's no need for pectin! It's incredibly easy, delicious, and a refreshing alternative to classic strawberry or grape jelly during breakfast. Since we're making it in the crockpot, there is little active part on your end. You don't even need to peel the pears for this recipe. How awesome is that?! Simply cut the pears, add them to the crockpot with the other ingredients and go about your business.
I love my crockpot for making recipes so simple. It is one of the kitchen items every homecook, busy parent, and not-so-great-at-cooking folk need to have. I have a Crock-Pot that has lasted 15 years so far, and it's listed on Amazon for just $45.00. For all the use I've gotten out of my crockpot, I'd say that is an investment well worth it.
I found myself with a major over abundance of pears this week. We are fortunate to live in an area that, while kids are attending school virtually, families can pick up 5 days worth of free breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks for their kids. This week they gave each kid about 7 pears each, so I ended up with over 4 pounds of pears. They ripened quickly, and we couldn't eat them fast enough!
And you know me, if I can salvage it, I will find a way to use it! I hate throwing food away because we forgot about it in the back of the fridge or decided we suddenly didn't like strawberries that week.
And since we love apple butter, why not make a delicious pear butter? Alright, so this recipe was supposed to be for "pear butter", but it wasn't turning out correctly. Instead, it was forming into a pear preserve. So with a few easy modification in timing, this pear preserve recipe was born!
And it is tasty. See for yourself!
For this pear preserves recipe, you only need 3 ingredients:
- brown sugar
- lemon juice
For spiced pear preserves, add 2 tsp of a warming spice (or a combination of):
- all spice
Making this pear preserves recipe in the crockpot is seriously easy. The skin on the pears is thin and soft enough that you do not even need to peel them. This saves so much time compared to making something like apple butter where every apple needs to be peeled and cored.
Here are the steps:
- Cut the pears around the core and place into the crockpot.
- Add the water, sugar, and lemon juice. Stir and set crockpot to 4 hours on high. Stir occasionally.
- Once the 4 hours has passed, use an immersion blender to puree the cooked pears. You don't need to eliminate every chunk, but they should be mostly smooth with little chunky bits, similar to applesauce.
- Set the crock pot to low for 6-8 more hours. The time will depend on how ripe the pears were initially. For very ripe pears, 6 hours is plenty of time. For less ripe pears. it will probably take another 8 hours.
Bonus: you can taste your cooking pear preserves throughout the process!
When finished, the preserves will have the consistency of apple sauce and will be a deep brown. Transfer them to a mason jar or other air tight container for storage and keep them in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. If you know how to can, this is great! Follow canning methods to keep your pear preserves last longer.
It tastes delicious on breakfast breads like toast, croissants, biscuits, and bagels. You can also use it to make desserts, like this delicious crumb cake.
Pear Preserves Recipe
- 3 lbs pears
- ⅓ cup water
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- Cut the pears and discard cores.
- Combine pears, water, lemon juice, and brown sugar in the crockpot. Set on high for 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
- Blend with an immersion blender until mostly smooth. Set on low for 6 hours, stirring occasionally.
- Transfer to a mason jar and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
If you made it, I'd love to hear how it turned out! Leave a comment below and let me know.