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The Best Pear Butter Recipe You’ll Ever Make

The best pear butter recipe you’ll ever make?!

Yep- I’m standing by that bold statement!

Jar of pear butter with a spoon

 

Since, I’ve never made it before, this pear butter recipe is the best I’ve ever made!

I’m gonna bet it will be for you, too.

I’m always on the hunt for delicious and nutritious fun foods (have you tried OMT’s Strawberry Smoothie yet?).

Pear butter, or pear spread recipes, are very similar to apple butter recipes.

Apple Butter is one of Sweet E’s all-time favs.

He eats it with peanut butter in a sandwich, as a dip for pancakes or right off of the spoon as, well, apple saucy buttah!

If you’ve never made it: Go – Make!

PRO TIP: You can freeze apple butter! Pour what you need into a mason jar (< that’s what those jars are for!) and pop into the fridge, then pour the remaining into more mason jars, leaving about an inch from the top for expansion, then freeze for later use!

This year, as the pears came into season, I thought I’d shake things up a bit and attempt to make pear butter.

What makes this pear butter recipe even better is you use a Crock Pot or slow cooker.

Don’t have a slow cooker or Crock Pot? You could definitely use an Instant Pot, too.

Either way, this recipe is so stinkin’ easy!

And, um…delicious!

Oh, momma.

It. Is. AH-MAZING.

The Best Pear Butter You'll Ever Make

Look at it!

All yummy and waiting patiently to be spread on thangs or eaten right off the spoon!

So simple to make and soon to be a favorite gift to be given (holidays, birthdays, your-hair-looks-perfect days).

Real Talk: When I was taking these shots and rearranging the jar and spoon, I had to stop several times to grab a new spoon, because each time I rearranged, I ate the contents of said spoon.

Irresistible!

The Best Pear Butter You'll Ever Make

The crock pot pear butter recipe is so incredibly easy, you’ll feel like I’m holding something back.

I assure you, I’m not.

Note: there is a printable version of the recipe at the end of the post.

OMT!’S PEAR BUTTER RECIPE

Ingredients:

10 ripe pears, quartered and cut into large pieces, skin on

1 cup dark brown sugar

2 tsp all spice

1/4 tsp fresh ground nutmeg

1-2 tsp of homemade vanilla (to your liking)

1 tbsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice

Directions:

Place pears, sugar, all spice and nutmeg into slow cooker and mix.

Turn on high and cook for 4 -5 hours, until pear pieces are very soft.

Once cooked, cool enough to mix with immersion blender, or pour into regular blender.

Blend to desired texture.

Add vanilla and lemon juice.

Mix thoroughly.

Pour into jars to store in fridge or freezer.

Notes:

Cool pear butter before adding to glass jars.

Leave expansion room at top of jar when freezing.

Make sure to use glass jars that are intended for canning.

The Best Pear Butter You'll Ever Make

Is pear butter vegan?

For my vegan friends, this easy pear butter recipe is a delight for you, too!

You can easily add it to your rotation of fruit spreads.

Pear Butter uses:

  1. Spread on your favorite bread.
  2. A dip for crackers or crudites.
  3. Pour over softened cream cheese for a holiday or party table. Elegant and delicious.
  4. Topping for waffles or pancakes.
  5. Dipping side for pork – trust me!
  6. Eat straight from the jar! I won’t tell your mother!

I’ll be spreading it a’top a circle of brie for the holidays.

I’ll be offering it to Sweet E for his approval.

I’ll continue to eat it right out of the jar and go through as many spoons as necessary to satisfy my pear-loving sweet tooth.

How long does pear butter last?

Once refrigerated, pear butter will last a solid 7-10 days.

I can’t imagine that it would last that long though – SO GOOOOD!

Can you freeze pear butter?

Absolutely! Just like apple butter, pear butter freezes beautifully.

When I make a batch, I put some in canning jars, leaving at least a half an inch (you can do an inch) from top, and cover with a lid and freeze.

The butter will last months in the freezer, which means you can make it months before an event – a party or a holiday gathering – and simply thaw before using.

How to thaw frozen pear butter:

I simply place a frozen jar on a small plate and stick in the fridge for about 24 hours to thaw.

Easy peasy.

pear butter in a jar with a spoon

What if you’d like a more spiced pear butter?

Again – so easy.

You can add a bit of ground ginger powder to the pear butter recipe to give it some added zing.

Easy (adaptable) Pear Butter Recipe

While I use brown sugar to sweeten, you can use pretty much any sweetener you love.

If can even omit the sweetener, but know the last and texture will be altered.

What other sweetener can you use for pear butter?

  • Brown sugar adds a bit of depth. To go deeper, use dark brown sugar, as it has a molasses undertone.
  • Coconut sugar
  • Refined sugar
  • Monk sweetener can be helpful for those watching carb intake.

It’s dealer choice! Experiment to see what you love the most.

Jars of Pear Butter are wonderful homemade gifts for teachers.

Teachers, workmates, neighbors, besties…pear butter is a wonderful gift – and so easy to make! – for anyone you can think of.

When my FIL ate his gifted pear butter, he called to say it was delicious and then we reminisced about the pear tree that used to grow in our backyard.

He said it tasted like an old fashioned pear butter recipe his mom made.

Best seal of approval, evah!

Printable recipe for Pear Butter below.

pear butter in glass ball jar

Pear Butter Recipe

Yield: 4-6 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes

The best pear butter recipe you'll ever make!

Ingredients

  • 10 ripe pears, quartered and cut into large pieces, skin on
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsp all spice
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground nutmeg
  • 1-2 tsp of homemade vanilla (to your liking)
  • 1 tbsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice

Instructions

Place pears, sugar, all spice and nutmeg into slow cooker and mix.

Turn on high and cook for 4 -5 hours, until pear pieces are very soft.

Once cooked, cool enough to mix with immersion blender, or pour into regular blender.

Blend to desired texture.

Add vanilla and lemon juice.

Mix thoroughly.

Pour into jars to store in fridge or freezer.

Notes

Cool pear butter before adding to glass jars.

Leave expansion room at top of jar when freezing.

Make sure to use glass jars that are intended for canning.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 64 Serving Size: 4 tbsp
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 32Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 0g

~Original Post: October 8, 2018 – Updated Post: August 3, 2021~

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YOU CAN DO IT!

Yep. The is the best pear butter I’ve ever made!

What will you do with it?

How will you enjoy it?

Happy pear buttering, y’all!

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Heidi

Sunday 14th of November 2021

Hi, so excited to make this! Your recipe says to quarter the pears but nothing about the core? Do I core the pears? Or do they slow cook with the seeds and all? When I blend it with the immersion blender does the skin blend up too? Or do I need to pick it out and then blend it? I feel like the final product wouldn’t be smooth because of the skin. Am I wrong? I just really want to get this right.

Heidi

Thursday 25th of November 2021

@Patti Tucker, Thank you SO much for your reply. My pears have been ripening and I'm ready to try this :-)

Patti Tucker

Sunday 14th of November 2021

Yes, core pears first. No need to pick out skin (you won't even notice!) - the immersion blender (or you could use a regular blender - just be careful when pouring the hot hot pears!) will make it smoooooth!

Enjoy!

Diana

Tuesday 12th of October 2021

Can this be canned? If so, how long and I'm guessing water bath?

Patti Tucker

Thursday 14th of October 2021

I haven't canned in the traditional sense, but see no reason why you couldn't.

Brandy

Thursday 14th of January 2021

I have been making a lot of pear butter. My whole family and all my friends love it better than apple butter. So far I have made 11 4lb bags of pears. Last batch is in slow cooker now. Thanks from all of us. Wish I could send a pic of just some of it.

Patti Tucker

Sunday 17th of January 2021

Ooooo, I can smell the goodness! Thanks for sharing!

Tanya

Friday 11th of September 2020

Approximately how many pounds do you think 10 pears would be? Or how many cups?

Charlotte Gant

Sunday 23rd of August 2020

Hi there! Can this recipe be canned? Like in a hot water bath to seal? I do not have freezer space.

Thank you.

Shirley Casey

Monday 27th of September 2021

@Charlotte Gant, I am also interested in knowing if this recipe can be canned. Did you try it, and if so, would be greatly interested to know your results. Thanks

Sojn Hudson

Tuesday 14th of September 2021

@Charlotte Gant, I'm interested in canning this recipe, also. Did you do it? How did it turn out?

Patti Tucker

Monday 24th of August 2020

Hi, Charlotte! I have never canned anything, but I don't see why not. I mean, all kinds ofjams and butter are canned - so why not pear butter? Let us know if you do can yours!

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