Lets make pear butter. I made this recipe about 25 years ago. I have remembered it always because it is that good. With such beautiful pears at the market, it was time to make it again. The orange and nutmeg combination is both delicious and fragrant.
adapted from: The Ball Blue Book
6 - 7 pounds of pears (about 20 medium) You will need 2 quarts of cooked mashed pears.
4 c sugar
1 t grated orange peel
1/2 t fresh nutmeg
1/3 c orange juice
Wash pears, peel and core. Combine in a large sauce pan with 1/4 c water. Cover and bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook until soft. Mash with a potato masher. Stir in sugar, cook until sugar dissolves. Add remaining ingredients and cook until thick enough to round up on a spoon. As mixture thickens, stir frequently to prevent sticking. Ladle into jars, cap. Boil 10 minutes in water bath. Makes 4 pints.
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