I love pear butter. It is great on baked goods and ice cream. I would also dehydrate some for future use.
4 lbs pears, peeled, cored, chopped
2 c sugar
1 c orange juice
1/4 c pear brandy (can use regular brandy)
1 tb fresh lemon juice
1.Combine pears, sugar, orange juice, brandy and lemon juice in a heavy saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cook slowly until the pears are very tender, about 30 minutes.
2.Process mixture in a blender or food processor to a smooth puree. Return the mixture to the heat, and simmer over low heat, stirring frequently, until it is very thick, about 30 minutes.
3.Spoon the mixture into prepared canning jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Process according to manufacturer's directions, or refrigerate and use within two weeks.
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