Jalapeño Pear Preserves

Sweet & Spicy!  Delicious Hot Pepper Pear Preserves are made with chunks of fruit, bell peppers and jalapeños!

 Ingredients  8 cups chopped pears  1½ cups granulated sugar 2 Tablespoons lemon juice ½ cup red bell pepper  1 jalapeño pepper

Equipment paring knife  cutting board 6 half-pint jars water bath canner & rack jar lifter funnel ladle large measuring cup large bowl Dutch oven or stockpot

Step 1

Wash, peel, core and chop pears.  Combine sugar and chopped pears in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours, or overnight.

Step 2

Remove the fruit mixture from the refrigerator and add to the Dutch oven, along with the lemon juice.

Step 3

Bring to a boil over over medium-high. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, covered, for 1 hour, stirring often to prevent sticking.

Step 4

After 1 hour, add the chopped peppers. Continue cooking on low, covered, for 1½ to 2 hours until the mixture has darkened and is thick and syrupy. Stir occasionally.

Step 5

Ladle preserves into hot, sterlized jars, allowing ½ inch of headspace. Place jars on a rack in a water bath canner and process (covered) for 10 minutes.

Step 6

Transfer jars to a cooling rack or a baking sheet lined with towels.  Allow to sit for 24 hours before moving. Check that jars are sealed.

How to Use Spicy Pear Preserves

Use as a condiment in beans & other  vegetables.

Serve with cheese on a charcuterie board.

How to Use Spicy Pear Preserves

Spread on a Brie and Ham Panini.

Serve on grilled meat, especially pork.

Serve on toast or homemade biscuits.

Jalapeño Pear Preserves are a great substitute for hot pepper jelly! 🌶  Click below👇🏻 for the full printable recipe and more serving tips.