Saturday, October 6, 2012

Pear Jelly

Pear Jelly is a fun easy way to use up your peels and cores when canning pears.  I placed all my peels and cores into a container, put a lid on it and placed in the refrigerator until I could get them juiced. 

To make pear juice from peels,   Just put them in a pot and cover in water and bring to a boil.  Boil about 20 to 30 minutes while mashing the peels to release all the flesh and get a good flavor. 

Place in refrigerator for 24 hours. 

When ready to make jelly, bring mixture to a boil and then strain through a jelly bag or cheese cloth to collect the juice.

Recipe yields approximately 8 half pint jars of jelly.

4 cups of prepared pear juice
2 tbsp of lemon juice
5 1/2 cups of sugar
1 box of regular pectin
1 pat of butter
1/2 tsp of cinnamon (Optional)

Measure your sugar in a bowl and set aside. Mix your pectin with 1/4 cup of the sugar that you have measured out. (Don't use extra sugar to mix with the pectin).

In a 6 to 8 quart stainless steele pot, combine pear juice, butter, lemon juice, cinnamon and pectin mixture.
Bring to a boil that can't be stirred down.

Add sugar all at once and return to a boil that can't be stirred down.  Boil for exactly one minute.  Remove from heat and skim foam if needed. 

Ladle into clean, sterile jars.  Wipe rims with a paper towel dipped in vinegar to ensure a good seal. 
Place lids and rings on jars.  Tighten down finger tight.
Place jars in water bath canner and process for 10 minutes.
Remove lid and wait 5 more minutes.

This picture is without the cinnamon

Place jars on counter to cool for 24 hours.
Label and Store.


  1. Hi. I'm kinda new to canning and this is my first try at pear jelly. About how long does it take to cook the 1st step of the jelly (before adding sugar) for it to not be able to be stirred? Thanks.

    Andrea Boyd

  2. I sitr my jelly constantly until it comes to a boil. Once it comes to a full rolling boil, then add your sugar. I haven't really timed how long it takes to come to the first boil. Bring back to a boil and boil exactly one minute. Hope this helps.