This recipe for homemade pear preserves with crystallized ginger is easy to do (other than the canning part of course) and tastes delicious. The simplicity of the preserves is just a small benefit.
The star of the recipe is the delicious taste of the pears, accented with the crystallized ginger with sugar and lemon.
To make the preserves you will need the following ingredients:
- 3 cups granulated sugar, divided
- 2½ cups water
- 6 medium hard ripe pears, cored, cut in quarters (about 2 pounds)
- Zest of one lemon
- 1 thinly sliced lemon
- 1/4 cup chopped crystallized candied ginger
- 5 x 1/2 pint canning jars
Canning is not really hard once you have done it a few times. The main thing is that the jars need to be sterilized and then the contents must be boiled to make sure that they will keep well.
The beauty of canning is that you will not let a single piece of produce go to waste because you can easily can it yourself. (no more throwing old fruit on the compost pile.)
Why let these go bad when you can turn them in to a delicious jar of preserves?
These pear preserves are wonderful on toast and I also use them all the time when making casseroles, especially in the slow cooker to add a touch of sweetness to a recipe.
They are especially good as a side dish for Indian and Moroccan main courses to help to minimize the heat that these dishes sometimes have.