Pear Butter Recipe {Canning Instructions Included}

You’ll love the smooth texture of this pear butter and how sweet and spicy your kitchen smells as it bubbles away. It’s a great way to use some of late summer’s best produce.

We love this on biscuits or swirled into oatmeal.

close up view of wooden spoon in pot.

Homemade Pear Butter

Perfectly spiced fresh pears cooked and milled into a smooth spread, this butter captures the essence of late summer. This recipe makes 3 half-pints.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Serving Size 40 servings


  • ½ pint mason jars
  • Waterbath canning equipment optional


  • 3 pounds bartlett pears Peeled, Cored and Sliced
  • ¼ cup lemon juice use bottled if canning
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground mace
  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup water


  • Cook all ingredients. In a large pot or dutch oven, stir all the ingredients together and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for about 50 minutes. Cover so that the lid is still slightly opened and stir occasionally.
    sliced pears in pot still raw.
  • Blend. Once reduced and thickened, remove from the heat and blend using an immersion blender until smooth. ( You can also transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor)
    pot with pears cooking in sugar and spices.
  • Store. Using a spoon or ladle, transfer the pear butter to canning jars or other airtight container, put lids on, and let cool to room temperature on the counter. Place in the fridge or freezer, or waterbath can.
    wooden spoon with scoop of pear butter.


To water bath can this recipe, ladle it into hot jars, wipe the rims clean, put the lids on fingertip tight, and process in a boiling water canner for 15 minutes.  
ingredients on counter.
  • Bartlett pears 
  • lemon juice
  • granulated sugar
  • cinnamon
  • ground ginger
  • allspice
  • ground mace
  •  ground coriander
  • salt
  • water
  • stick blender or food processor
  • large pot
  • canning equipment (if you choose to process in a boiling water bath)

🥫 Storage instructions

Once the butter has cooled to room temperature, store it in the fridge for up to a week. You can also freeze it (right in the mason jars, just leave a little room) for 4-6 months.

If you choose to can your pear butter, it will keep for up to a year. Read more about how to water bath can for beginner tips, instructions, and safety.

🔍 FAQs

Can I use a different type of pear in this recipe?

Yes, they’ll work as long as they are ripe and soft. But most “typical” grocery store pears are Bartlett, which are the easiest to find.

Can I use a slow cooker for the cooking process?

You can, but it’s not recommended if you’re canning the finished product. You want it piping hot when you ladle it into the jars, and the slow cooker doesn’t get it bubbling enough.

If you’re freezing it, the slow cooker is a great choice.

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

  • For a bit of change in flavor, try adding a vanilla bean or teaspoon of orange zest with the other ingredients. It makes it taste warmer and wintery.
  • If you are missing one or two of the spices listed, it’s not the end of the world. Add a little more cinnamon to make up for it.
  • Be careful if you use a blender with the pear mixture. It’s hot!

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