Friday, September 11, 2009

Spiced Pear Jam

As the mixture cooks, it will immediately remind you of Fall regardless of what time of the year it is. The aroma of the spices just tickle the senses.

Spiced Pear Jam
8 cups (5-1/2 lbs.) peeled, cored and chopped (or coarsely ground) pears
4 cups sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves

Combine all ingredients in a large, heavy pot. Stir well to mix.

Simmer uncovered for 1-1/2 to 2 hours, or until pears have softened and mixture has thickened. Stir occasionally. As mixture begins to thicken, you will want to stir mixture more frequently to avoid sticking or burning. You can also use your immersion blender to help break down the pears even more at this point if you desire.

Remove from heat and skim foam if needed.

Ladle hot jam into hot sterile jars, leaving a 1/4" head space. Wipe rims of jars to remove any spillage and then cap with seal and band. Tighten to fingertip tight.

Process in a water bath canner, 10 minutes for 1/2 pints, 20 minutes for pints. Remove from caner and allow to cool completely.

Lids will "ping" as they cool letting you know that they have sealed properly.

Yields: 6 half pints or 3 pints

Click HERE for printable recipe

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