How to Make Pear Relish (sweet)

Making pear relish is an overnight process but it tastes wonderful on a warm buttered biscuit! Adapt the cooking time to the tenderness of the pears for optimum flavor.

Ingredients

  • 8 pounds pears
  • 10 sticks cinnamon (approx. 2" length)
  • 2 tablespoons allspice
  • 6 cups red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup - 1 cup honey to taste

Steps

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    Wash, peel, core and chop pears into half inch cubes.
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    Tie sticks of cinnamon and 2 tablespoons allspice in a cheesecloth.
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    Place cubed pears in a saucepan, barely cover with water and bring to a boil over medium heat.
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    To the pears add spices tied in cheesecloth, red wine vinegar, and 1/2 cup to 1 cup honey (depending on the sweetness of the pears, or sweeten to taste).
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    Boil for 5 minutes, simmer until pears are tender - do not overcook!
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    Let set overnight.
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    The next day, drain the syrup (juice) off and remove the spice bag.
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    Bring the syrup to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat.
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    Pack fruit in hot, scalded pint jars.
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    Pour hot syrup over pears, leaving 14 inch (0.6 cm) headspace.
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    Seal and process 10 minutes in a boiling water bath. Or store in refrigerator, or package in plastic containers and freeze.
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    Finished.

Tips

  • It is easier to freeze this than go through all the trouble of home canning.
  • See How to Make Jam for detailed process in how to home-can jams and jellies, as well as how to prepare utensils for the canning process.

Warnings

  • Home canning requires skill and can be dangerous if not done properly. Read about canning before trying it the first time.

Article Info

Categories: Jams Preserves and Condiments