Recipe: Easy Pear Sauce

by holli on September 26, 2011

Tree ripened local Comice Pears.

We harvested Pears from a dear friend’s tree last week. I love the delicate flavor of them, but the rest of the family isn’t crazy about their texture (they are crisp apple fans). I knew I couldn’t eat them all up before they needed to go into the compost, so I tried something new: Pear Sauce.

When I try a new recipe, I usually use it as a guide, and add my own edits along the way. I try to keep notes, and blogging is a huge help. I made Pear Sauce for the first time, and it was so easy, I didn’t need to write it down. Anyone can do this!

I used Comice Pears for this recipe. They are so naturally sweet and tasty that I didn’t add any sugar or spice. Taste your sauce before storing, and if you need a little sweeter, add a little bit before storing.

Easy Pear Sauce

Ingredients:

– 8 Pears

– Juice of 1/2 a Lemon

– About 1/2 Cup Water

Yields approximately 6 cups.

Pearsauce: A tasty snack or dessert.

Peel and core Pears, then slice into 2 inch sections. Place into a large pot (about 4 quarts), and add Water about 1/4 up, immersing only the Pears on the bottom. Add the juice of 1/2 a lemon. Depending on how moist the Pears are, you may add a little more or less water (super juicy Pears = less water). Heat pot on high and bring to a boil, stir along the bottom to prevent sticking, reduce heat to a low simmer and stir along the bottom every 20 minutes. Once the pears are all soft (about 1-2hrs), turn off heat and either use a potato-masher to “sauce” the soften pears, or add to a blender and let it do the work for you. Blend or mash until you get to a desired consistency. Eat fresh, freeze for later, or add the hot Pear Sauce to canning jars.

Enjoy!

What are your favorite ways to eat a Pear? Bonus points for recipes!

p.s. Curious about Pears? Here’s a fun site dedicated to Pears grown in Washington and Oregon: USAPears.com – apparently 84% of America’s Pears come from these two NW States!

Shared on the following recipe/real food link parties: Healthy Home Economist’s Monday Mania, Real Food Forager’s Fat Tuesday, Spain In Iowa’s Simple Lives Thursday, Gastronomical Sovereignty’s Fresh Foods Blog Hop Wednesdays!

 

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jill September 26, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Hi,
This post is so informative. I would love for you to come
share it at FAT TUESDAY. I hope you will
put FAT TUESDAY on your list of carnivals to visit
and link to each week!

http://realfoodforager.com/2011/09/fat-tuesday-september-27-2011/

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holli September 26, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Hi Jill,

Thanks for the info on Fat Tuesday! I’ll check it out tomorrow. Just took a quick peek at your site, and it looks like a place I’ll be visiting regularly.

Best, Holli

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jill September 27, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. I love Pear sauce! I do this all the time! Hope to see you next week! Be sure to visit RealFoodForager.com on Sunday for
Sunday Snippets – your post from Fat Tuesday may be featured there!

http://realfoodforager.com/2011/09/fat-tuesday-september-27-2011/

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Yolanda September 29, 2011 at 6:43 pm

I love pear sauce! I learned the hard way last year that is really is necessary to core them before you cook them. This year I also dried quite a few when they were ripe. I sent some to our son who is in college and he said, “They taste like candy!” 🙂 To do it, I simply cut them in half, removed the stem and the core and set them cut side down onto the dehydrator trays.

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holli September 29, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Cool! I’ll have to try drying them, because they are so naturally sweet. Thanks for the suggestion! My kids love dried apples, maybe they’ll like pears too.

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kristy @ gastronomical sovereignty July 6, 2012 at 9:33 am

holy crap! I love pears! ..so lucky for you that you have fruit ready where you are! i can see apples starting to peek out from a tree down the street here and plums on a friend’s… i am just quietly biding my time till i can steal some 😉

thank you for sharing with Fresh Foods Wednesday – hope to see you back next week!

p.s. if you don’t mind linking back to us in your post, that would be wonderful darling…xo!

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holli July 6, 2012 at 10:30 am

Awww, I know we’re lucky to have Pears, Plums, Apples, and some Peaches!

Yes, of course, thanks for reminding me:) Link adding now.

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