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Pear Apple Preserves

Apples and pears are the perfect fall treat and go great together in this pear apple preserves recipe. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 60 servings
Calories: 51kcal


  • 5 (8-ounce) canning jars


  • lbs apples (about 5, peeled and chopped)
  • lbs. pears (about 5, chopped)
  • 3 cups granulated white sugar
  • 1 medium lemon (zested and juiced)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • ½ teaspoon ginger powder
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves


  • Place diced fruit in a Dutch oven. Cover with sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Add lemon zest, juice, and vanilla. Simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it comes to a boil.
  • Meanwhile, prepare 4 jars by sterilizing them in boiling water. Another option is to sterilize in the oven using this method.
  • When the fruit mixture comes to a boil, set the timer for 30 minutes. As the preserves cooks down, you may need to mash some of the fruit into smaller pieces. Continue to stir occasionally to keep the pear apple preserves from burning. You can also use an immersion blender to make it extra smooth.
  • When the time is up, the fruit should be translucent and the syrup should be pretty thick. If the preserves is still too watery, it may need to be cooked a little longer.
  • Pour the preserves into sterilized jars, using the proper canning tools. Once the lids are screwed hand-tight, place the jars back into the boiling water and process for ten additional minutes.



  • Both apples and pears can be peeled or unpeeled when making pear-apple preserves. It's really a matter of preference.
  • This recipe should yield approximately five 8-ounce jars.
  • The spices in this recipe can be altered, for example, you can leave out the cloves or another spice that you don't like.
  • You should have no issues with this pear apple preserves not thickening. Apples and pears both contain a lot of pectin. The lemon zest added to the jam also helps to thicken it.
  • If using an immersion blender, make sure the blade of the blender is fully submerged. Stop pulsing the blender before lifting it out of the liquid. This will keep you from getting splatted with hot jam.


Serving: 1tbs | Calories: 51kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Fiber: 1g