ginger spiced pear jam in jars

Ginger Spiced Pear Jam – Recipe

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  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 half pints 1x
  • Category: canning
  • Method: water bath
  • Cuisine: n/a


A delicious jam that celebrates pears with the mild heat of ginger



  • 6 cups chopped pears
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3 TBS freshly grated ginger root
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 box low sugar pectin
  • additional lemon juice, some fruit fresh or citric acid to put into the water to keep the pears from turning brown while you get them all chopped


  1. Have your canner and 6 half pint jars ready.
  2. Chop the pears into small pieces. As you work put them in a bowl of water with some lemon juice, fruit fresh or citric acid to keep them from turning brown.
  3. Grate your ginger; I keep my ginger root in the freezer – that way I can always have some on hand and it is very easy to grate. I used my Microplane citrus grater for this recipe.
  4. Place the 6 cups of pears, the 3/4 cup of brown sugar in a heavy bottomed large pot on the stovetop. Let this cook just until the sugar melts.
  5. Add the star anise, the cinnamon stick and the grated nutmeg.
  6. Add the pectin and 1/4 cup of granulated sugar. Add the 1 tsp of butter. Cook over med-high heat until this comes to a rolling boil.
  7. Add the remaining granulated sugar and the 1 tsp of butter. When it comes back to a rolling boil let it boil for one minute and turn off the heat. Remove the star anise and cinnamon stick.
  8. Fill your jars. Use a non-metal utentsil (I use my plastic offset spatula) to remove and bubbles. Wipe off the rims and seal.
  9. Process in a water bath canner for 20 minutes if under 3,000 ft., 25 minutes if 3,000+. Always check your canner’s instructions before using it. Turn off the heat and let the jars sit in the canner for 5 minutes then remove.

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