Main & Side Dishes - Southern Breakfast

Pear Preserves

This is the way my Mom’s mother made homemade pear preserves. She had a pear tree in her back yard so toward the end of summer, pears were plentiful. It was great on homemade buttered biscuits with a cup of coffee and it’s still a favorite of mine. I have included a good brand to buy at the store.

The Old Fashioned Way


I gallon sliced pears, cored and peeled

2 quarts sugar

1/4 cup lemon juice



Put sliced pears in large cooking utensil. Pour lemon juice and sugar over fruit, cover, and leave overnight. Do not add water. Next morning, put on the stove and stir carefully to mix. Bring to boil. Turn down heat and cook slowly until pears turn light brown and syrup thickens, stir often. More sugar may be added, a small amount at a time during cooking. When desired doneness; put in sterilized jars and seal. Makes 4-5 pints of preserves.


The Quick and Easy Way

New preserves in stores are almost as good and a whole lot easier. Try Braswell’s Brand® Pure Pear Preserves. Although most recently they seem difficult to find.

Copyright ©  Mike Perry, 2011