Chunky Spiced Pear Jam

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My friend Christina came over on Sunday afternoon. She was waiting for her husband to finish helping my husband. (They worked really hard.) She had a box full of very ripe pears. So we made jam. She was remembering some pear jam a friend had given her once and that’s what we tried to recreate. We made four small batches, two using her boxes of Ball No-Sugar Pectin and the other two using my Pomona’s Pectin. The following recipe has the instructions for using Pomona’s Pectin only.

Chunky Spiced Pear Jam

Makes 2 pints and 1 half-pint, or 5 half-pints

  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 3 teaspoons Pomona’s Pectin powder
  • 4 cups ripe, peeled, cored, coarsely chopped pears
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons calcium water (included with Pomona’s Pectin package)

Put lids and rings in a pot that fits them. Cover with water. Bring to a boil, then turn off the heat and let stand, covered. Put pints and half pints in a pot that fits them. Cover with water. Bring to a boil, then turn off the heat and let stand, covered.

Fill water-process canner about half-way with water. Bring to a boil. Turn down the heat so it is still simmering, covered.

In a glass measuring cup, measure honey. Add pectin powder and mix thoroughly.

Put pears, cinnamon, ginger, lemon juice and calcium water in stainless steel saucepot. Mash lightly with potato masher. Bring to a boil.

Stirring constantly, add the honey-pectin mixture into the pears. Bring to a boil. Still stirring constantly, let boil for 2 minutes.

Ladle hot pear mixture into hot jars. Fill 1/2 inch from the top. Wipe jars clean. Apply lids and rings. Transfer jars to hot water bath canner. Boil for 10 minutes, adding time if you are above 1000 feet in elevation.

Move jars to a clean towel on the counter. Let sit undisturbed for 18 hours.

For more information, refer both to the instructions in the Pomona’s Pectin package and the Ball Blue Book of Preserving.

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  1. says

    do you think this would work as freezer jam? I just never can carve out X time to do the canning AND keep an eye on Andrew to make sure he is out of trouble. but i have made freezer jam before. I have not used that pectin but will give it a try!

    Yes, it will. When you get the Pomona’s Pectin, there are instructions in the package for making freezer jam. -Wardee

  2. Joan Myrick says

    Hi: I would like to try this recipe but don’t know about the Pomona Pectin> Does it really work?

    I have a wonderful date pear jam I would love to share. Maybe next time.


    Hi, Joan. The Pomona’s Pectin really does work. To get it the way you like it in recipes, be prepared to experiment. The only downside is that foods keep only about 2 weeks in the refrigerator. So you must consume it quickly, or it will spoil.

    I would love to see your date pear jam. Sounds yummy! Please do share!

  3. Joan Myrick says

    Hi Wardee, thanks for the info on agave and also Pomona Pectin. Will do a little experimenting this Fall.

    Hope there is enough room for the Pear Date Jam recipe:

    1 lbs. each fresh pears (preferably Barletts) and dates (I use mejoolah), 3 TBS Madera (or Orange Juice is good too), juice of 1/2 lemon, 4 cups sugar, 1 pkg. powdered pectin

    Pit dates, chop into chunky pcs. and put in processor (or blender if no processor). Peel, core and cut pears to join dates in processor. Finely puree with Madera and lemon juice.

    In saucepan combine fruit and pectin and bring to boil. Add sugar and return to a full rolling boil. Boil for 1 min. Remove from heat and skim with metal spoon. Rest 5 min. and skim again. Pour immediately into hot sterilized jars and seal tightly. Water bath jars in usual way for 7 but no more than 10 mins. Remove and cover (not touching one another) with tea towels for 24 hrs. Should set beautifully. I generally use 1/2 pint decorative jars for this recipe for gifts as jam is so sweet ‘a little dab’ll do ya’.

    Hope this helps. Feel free to correct me if I left any step out in the processing part, or contact me if you have any questions.

    Hope you all enjoy the results. I’ve had nothing but kadoos and hoohas with this recipe out of the many, many jams I make every year. I will look forward to your column again.


    Joan, thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I hope I get the chance to make it really soon. I should be getting more pears from the Farmer’s Market tomorrow.

  4. says

    Oh, Wardee, thanks for adding this one to the “Nourishing Jams”………Blog Hop!!
    I have a table full of pears to work with. This just might be the recipe I will use.


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