If you have pears and want to make pear sauce then look no further than this Tasty Crockpot Pear Sauce Recipe that is perfect for canning (or even eating right away!)
If your husband’s co-worker, mom’s boss, or neighbor says, “My Aunt (mother/brother/sister-in-law/or second cousin 3 times removed) has a bunch of pear trees would you like a box?”
You say yes!
Don’t think about it, just say yes.
Then plan what you will do with all those pounds of glorious fruit later.
And one of the best ways to use (and preserve) that fruit is pear sauce.
I actually like pear sauce better than apple sauce and the reason being
One: Pears have a higher natural sugar content than apples do. So when making pear sauce no maple syrup, or honey, or sugar of any kind needs to be added.
Two: I have a whole herd of kids and kids like sweet things, and naturally sweet pear sauce fits that bill.
So with no extra sugars, I get canning-friendly healthy food and my kids are happy. That’s a win-win.
Pear Sauce in the Crock Pot
Let’s be real, anything in the crockpot is great, especially for busy moms, homesteaders, or self-reliant humans in general. No one has the time to stand over the stove for hours trying to preserve all that fruit goodness. We have gardens to tend to, chickens to feed, eggs to gather, children to raise (and that’s just to name a few).
That is one of the things that make this recipe great is the fact that it is just prep and dump into a crockpot and then go back to your life.
Easy Pear Sauce Recipe
Like most pear or even apple sauce recipes this one is pretty simple. So let’s not complicate what doesn’t need to be complicated. Easy Peasy, here we go.
- Peel, remove seeds, and roughly chop pears, add water along with lemon juice and pears to the crockpot.
2. Cook on low in crockpot for 8-10 hours.
3. Check for tenderness of pears. If they are very tinder take a potato masher to mash to the chunky sauce level. Alternatively for a smoother sauce use an immersion blender until smooth.
4. Add your spices. Cover, turn off your crockpot and let it cool.
5. If canning this is a perfect time to get your canning supplies ready. If not canning wait until they cool, then eat or store in the fridge until ready to eat, use within a week.
6. For canning fill either 2 clean quart jars or 4 clean pint jars.
7. For pressure canning put clean sterilized lids and rings on to hand tightness. Put jars in canner with manufacturer’s recommended directions. Process at 6 lbs of pressure for 10 minutes. For water bath canning follow directions for canning an apple sauce or apple pie filling recipe.
Easy Crockpot Pear Sauce Recipe
- 5 lbs Pears Ripe Barlett pears are the best
- 1/4 C. water
- 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
- 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
- 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
- Peel, remove seeds and roughly chop pears.
- add water & lemon juice.
- Cook on low in crockpot for 8-10 hours.
- Check for tenderness of pears. If they are very tinder take a potato masher to mash to the chunky sauce level. Or for a smoother sauce use an immersion blender until smooth.
- Add your spices.
- Cover, turn off your crockpot and let them cool.
- If canning this is a perfect time to get your canning supplies ready.
- If not canning wait until they cool, then eat or store in the fridge until ready to eat, use within a week.
- If canning fill either 2 clean quart jars or 4 clean pint jars.
- For pressure canning put clean sterilized lids and rings on to hand tightness. Put jars in canner with manufacturer’s recommended directions.
- Then can at 6 lbs of pressure for 10 minutes.
- For water bath canning follow directions for canning an apple sauce or apple pie filling recipe.
Preserving the harvest isn’t always easy, but it is a great way to know what you are putting in your body. This kid-approved pear sauce recipe is a great way to preserve the harvest, while not overloading on all that refined sugar!
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Beth is a mother of 6 living on a handful of acres in an old farmhouse in central Kansas. Beth has a background in the military and health and fitness however her passions come from her homestead life. Beth is an enthusiastic homeschooling mom, avid organic gardener, chicken & goat wrangler, who is obsessed with herbs and natural remedies and maintaining an all-around Do-It-Yourself lifestyle. Beth loves to share all she has learned about and sustainable living. While striving for a healthy, natural life, family-centered life.