I’ve been making this slow cooker pear butter for over 12 years, so I can’t believe I haven’t shared my recipe with you before now.
This is my absolute favorite way to use up a big pile of pears. I’ve even been known to pull out a second crockpot and get two batches going at once.
The process couldn’t be easier. Just fill a slow cooker with pears; add sugar and spices; then, cook the mixture, until it thickens to a paste-like consistency. So good.
I like to puree my pears before I add them to the slow cooker. This only takes a minute in a high-power blender or food processor, and helps to jump start the cooking process.
If you own a 6-quart (or larger) slower cooker, feel free to double the recipe. It’s a simple matter of doubling the ingredients and the cook time.
A single batch of slow cooker pear butter takes 6 hours to cook; a double batch takes 12 hours. I often start a batch in the evening, and let it do most of its cooking overnight.
Your pear butter will start to darken and thicken long before the prescribed cook time is up, but don’t let that fool you into thinking its done. Pear butter is much thicker than applesauce, and it isn’t at all watery. When it’s done it’ll have an elastic quality, and be very easy to spread. Low and slow makes the best pear butter, so don’t rush the process.
Slow Cooker Pear Butter Recipe
This recipe makes approximately 3 1/2 pints of pear butter.
What You Do:
Peel, core and chop your pears.
I use an apple peeler, corer and slicer to speed up the process. Despite the misleading name, it works for pears, too.
In a blender or food processor, puree your chopped pears in batches.
They should be the consistency of applesauce.
Combine your pureed pears, sugar and spices in a slow cooker.
Then, cook uncovered on high, stirring occasionally, for 6 hours, or until your pear mixture thickens and is reduced by half.
Transfer your finished pear butter to jars. Allow it to cool; then, store it in the refrigerator or freezer.
It’ll keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks, or the freezer for 6 months. If you decide to freeze some of your pear butter, make sure you use freezer jars, and take care not to fill them past the headspace line.Print
Peel, chop and core pears.
Add the pears, sugar and spices to a slow cooker, and stir to combine.
Cook uncovered on high, stirring occasionally, for 6 hours, or until mixture is reduced by half.
Ladle into jars. Let cool; then, refrigerate or freeze.
It’ll keep in the fridge for up to 3 weeks, or in the freezer for 6 months. Be sure to use freezer jars, and to only fill to the headspace line.
- Have a 6-quart slow cooker and a ton of pears to use up? Then, feel free to double the recipe. It’s a simple matter of doubling the ingredients and the cook time.
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 6 hours
- Category: Fruit Butter
- Method: Slow Cooker
- Cuisine: Global
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