When I was younger, my family and I looked forward to apple picking every year. We would drive about 2 hours upstate New York, and spend the day, and had so much fun. The orchard we used to go to sold preserves and other food products they made with the apples or other fruit they grew.
Every year my mom would buy either pear or apple preserves from the orchard. I loved the Ginger Pear preserves. I found myself recently reminiscing about those ginger pear preserves, and decided to make my own batch.
I used some fall spices in these pear preserves. I started this recipe by boiling some nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves in one cup of water. I allowed the spiced water to reduce by half and added about 1/2 cup more. Next, I added diced pears, some sugar, crystallized ginger, and grated about 1 inch of ginger into the pot. I allowed the pears to boil, then I reduced the heat and let the pears to simmer for about 2 hours until the preserves thickened a bit.
Spiced Ginger Pear Preserves
- 1 nutmeg whole
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 8 cloves
- 2 lbs Bosch or Asian Pears – peeled, seeded, and diced small
- 2 lbs Bartlett Pears – peeled, seeded, and diced small
- 5 oz crystalized ginger diced small
- 1 inch grated ginger
- 1 cup sugar
- In a 5 quart pot bring nutmeg, cinnamon stick, and cloves to a boil in 1 cup of water. Water should reduce by half. 2. Add 1/2 cup more water, diced pears, crystallized ginger, sugar and grated ginger. 3. Allow pear mixture to come to a boil. After 15 minutes of boiling, reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer pears for 2 hours until the preserves have thickened. 4. Remove spices from the preserves.