Appalachian Food

Old Timey Pear Preserves

jars of pear preserves

Granny’s Pear Preserves recipe has been handed down through her family for several generations. Like a lot of old recipes, its tasty and easy to make.

Peel pears and slice into slivers as big or as small as you like. You’ll need 1 and 1/2 cups sugar for every 2 quarts of pears. You can adjust the amount of sugar according to your taste.

pears with sugar

Place sliced pears in bowl, pour sugar over, stir, cover, and let sit overnight in the frig.

The pears will make a little juice while sitting overnight. The amount of juice will depend on how ripe your pears are. If the pears don’t produce much juice after sitting overnight you can add water.

After allowing pears to sit, cook in large pot for 30 minutes.

Ladle hot pears into sterilized jars and seal. Process 10 min in a boiling-water canner.

The pear preserves are great over biscuits, warmed up and served as a side-dish, or straight out of the jar—that’s how the girls eat them.

Thinking about women from past generations of my family making pear preserves gives me great pleasure…almost as much pleasure as I get from eating them 🙂


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    Brenda Williamson
    May 7, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    My mother in law Maudie would put up pear preserves and your recipe sounds the same. Maudie’s were so good on fresh hot biscuits. My how we miss that goodness

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    Craig Lawhorne
    June 14, 2020 at 11:58 am

    Has anyone ever made Pear Honey? It’s really good!

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    Brenda Moore
    June 2, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    Does anyone have a recipe for tomato preserves? My mother used to make them and every once in a while I wish I had a jar of them now.

    I’m going to try my hand at making some of these pears. They look so yummy!

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    Robyn Seamon
    June 2, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    My aunt made wonderful pear preserves! My pear tree is so tall, I can’t get any of the pears. I need to plant a tree!

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    Judy Mincey
    June 1, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    Mother always put a few cloves in her pear preserves. She liked what she called hard pears. They never would get soft like Bosc or D’Anjou.

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    Susanna Holstein
    June 1, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    The pears sound delicious! Mmy poor tree got hit hard by fire blight this year so I doubt we will have pears at all. So sad.

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    June 1, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    Those look so good. And a easy recipe to that.

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    Ron Stephens
    June 1, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    Tipper, This has nothing to do with pear preserves but is something I meant to tell you but forgot. I sent your post about pizza dough to our daughter. She was a bit skeptical as she had tried home made before and was did not like how it turned out. But the timing was right and she tried it. To quote her “it turned out great!” I told her I would let you know.

    I do my diligence to help her keep ties to her Appalachian roots. It grieves me know our grandson probably won’t have any.

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    June 1, 2020 at 11:59 am

    I never realized I loved pears until I let one overripen in a window. I once was able to observe some men picking pears from a huge pear tree in a rural area. It was loaded, and I remembered thinking, I bet that old pear had furnished a lot of pears in its time. Wished I had had time to stop and help. I had never seen a pear tree that big.

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    Ken Roper
    June 1, 2020 at 11:48 am

    I had a jar or two of the canned pears that you or your Mama Canned that you and Matt brought over. They were Delicious! I ate them straight out of the Jar, like Chitter and Chatter, without any bread. I had some whole kernel corn and made Chili and other stuff with the green beans that youn’ze brought. Friends like Pap’s Family are hard to come by, and I can still hear him say, “Go home with Me!” …Ken

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    June 1, 2020 at 10:55 am

    Does Granny use Kiefer pears to make the preserves? If not, do you know the type pear tree(s) she has? Momma always said Kiefer pears are the best for canning/preserving.

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      June 2, 2020 at 7:13 pm

      Nan-Granny used whatever pears she could get her hands on, most of the time ones someone gave her. My uncle Henry had a tree, but I don’t know what kind it was. Also one of Miss Cindy’s friends used to give me pears from his trees one of which was an Asian pear. Like Granny I use whatever I can get.

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    harry adams
    June 1, 2020 at 10:20 am

    It reminded me of my favorite uncle. He would make 50 pints of pear preserves every year and give most away. He always gave us several pints. But if he wasn’t fond of someone, he would only give them half pints. I miss his preserves and him more than ever.

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    Wanda Devers
    June 1, 2020 at 10:07 am

    We used to have pear preserves with chewy pear pieces. They were so good. I make them but mine are never chewy.

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    Ed Ammons
    June 1, 2020 at 9:40 am

    I don’t think I have ever tried pear preserves. They look good though! Since it’s Granny’s recipe I know they’ve got to be good.

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    June 1, 2020 at 9:40 am

    Looking at your pear preserves and I can see my Mother’s pear and fig preserves all sitting in rows on shelves. They tasted so good slathered on a hot biscuit with butter. She had beautiful jars of peaches too. When you have a pear tree or peach tree, what a treasure to use them by canning.

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    June 1, 2020 at 9:04 am

    That recipe sounds easy and yummy. Both of my pear trees were loaded until we got the hard freeze around Mother’s Day. It doesn’t look like I will have any fruit to can this year.

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    Ron Stephens
    June 1, 2020 at 8:41 am

    You remind me to look at the farm market to see if they have pear preserves. I think pears must need cold weather even more than apples. I have never seen many pear trees. My Grandma had one and made preserves but that was long ago now.

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    Margie Goldstein
    June 1, 2020 at 8:31 am

    Those pear preserves look and sound divinely delicious! I actually think I could make these without a lot of fuss. My mouth is watering thinking about a nice, hot, buttery fresh biscuit in the middle of FEBRUARY smothered in a heaping helping of pear preserves made by loving mama hands!!!! Is there anything better I must ask??? Yum!

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    aw griff
    June 1, 2020 at 7:43 am

    I haven’t had peach preserves in many years. Mom nor my Mother-In-Law made them. I think the last time I ate any would have been at my Mamaw Lewis’ 30 or longer years ago.
    My Mother-In-Law used to have a really good pear tree. Don’t remember what kind it was but it was sweet and didn’t have the big stone cells in it. Fire blight killed it.

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    Miss Cindy
    June 1, 2020 at 6:45 am

    Tip, You cannot buy any jam or preserves in a grocery store as good as the home made ones. Those pear preserves are so beautiful in the jar and I can almost taste them now. I love that there is only two ingredients, pears and sugar, and not a list of additives on the label that I can’t even read!

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