It’s amazing what a little ground ginger will do for your pear jam. This Ginger Pear Jam recipe is easy to make and doesn’t require pectin.
But, guess what? I have even more recipes to share with you! How does pear pie sound? Or maybe pear preserves? Or chicken with pear sauce? Or even pear butter? Oh, yeah! They’re all amazing and I can’t wait to find the time to share them all with you!
So, for today, you’ll have to settle on this easy version of the jam that’s made with ground ginger.
Supplies Needed for Canning Pear Jam
Before you begin to make this Easy Ginger Pear Jam Recipe, you’ll want to gather up some supplies. I’m sure you probably already have most of these items on hand.
- heavy-bottomed Dutch oven
- water bath canner
- 6 half-pint canning jars
- wooden spoon
- jar lifter
- small pot
Ginger Pear Jam Recipe
- 8 cups pears, peeled and chopped
- 4 cups sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- Prepare pears by peeling and chopping. Add pears to a large pot or dutch oven. Add sugar, ground cinnamon and ground ginger. Stir to combine. Cook uncovered over medium heat at a simmer for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until jam thickens. Stir frequently.
- Remove from the heat and skim off any foam. Ladle into prepared half-pint jars, leaving 1/4" headspace. Remove air bubbles, wipe rims and affix lids. Tighten jars finger tight. Process in water bath canner for 10 minutes. (Start 10 minute timer after water comes to a boil.)
- Carefully remove jars to a towel covered countertop. Allow jars to rest undisturbed for 24 hours.
- This recipe does not require pectin.
- I've been told that you can make and preserve this jam without processing in a water bath canner. Simply fill the sterilized jars, seal and let rest on the countertop for 4-24 hours. You should hear the lids "ping", which is a sign they have sealed.
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Pear Jam Labels
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Once you confirm your subscription by clicking on the link in your confirmation email, you will be redirected to the download in the Subscribers Resource Library. The Library is really a shared Google Drive folder and is full of free printable documents, cut files, patterns and more that are available exclusively to subscribers – just like you!
How to Print
Printing your labels couldn’t be simpler. Here’s a list of supplies and tools that you might need to make the job easier:
- Downloaded the free labels
- Avery 22807 2″ Round Labels
— OR —
- Avery 22817 2″ Round Labels or other compatible labels
1. DOWNLOAD AND PRINT
Sign up to get the free printable pear jam labels using the form earlier in this blog post. Then download the free PDF and print your preferred design.
2. APPLY TO LIDS OR JARS
Once you’ve printed your labels, simply affix them to the cent of the lids or the face of the glass jar.
Can you make this jam without canning?
Yes, you can! Two things.
First, you can simply prepare the jam, sterilize your jars and seal them by putting the lid and band on each jar. Once the jars have cooled, you should store the jars of jam in your refrigerator. You only want to do this method if you are going to be eating the jam in the next week or two.
Secondly, I’ve been told that you can preserve this pear jam without processing in a water bath. (I have a friends whose done it for years!) You’ll simply prepare the jam, sterilize the jars and seal them by putting the lid and band on each jar. Leave the sealed jars sitting undisturbed on the counter for 24 hours.
You should hear the jars singing to you with their happy little seals of approval (ping! ping!). Be sure to check the seals. If any jars didn’t seal, you’ll want to refrigerate those.
The addition of the ginger in this jam really does make all the difference. The aroma. The taste. Uhmmm. I hope you will enjoy this home canning recipe as much as my family does!
Til next time…