How to Can Pears Without Sugar
  • Firm, ripe pears (it generally takes 2-3 lbs of pears to fill one quart jar)
  • Water
  • Lemon juice (for pretreatment-- optional)
  1. Wash the pears and halve or quarter them. Remove spoiled spots. (You can peel them if you wish, but I didn't!)
  2. Allow the pears to soak for 2-3 minutes in a lemon juice bath. This helps to prevent discoloration. I mixed roughly ½ cup of lemon juice with 1 gallon of water, and then briefly washed/dipped the pears in the solution.
  3. Pack the pears into hot, sterilized jars.
  4. Cover the pears with boiling water, leaving ½-inch headspace.
  5. Process in a boiling water canner: 25 minutes for pints, 30 minutes for quarts.
  6. Enjoy your home canned pears in homemade yogurt, oatmeal, or straight from the jar!
Recipe by The Prairie Homestead at