Christmas Pears

  • Active Time 15m
  • Total Time 35m

Makes 6 1-pint jars

If you can part with these pears, they are definitely a great gift idea. Arrange them on fresh curly kale in a wreath shape for a colorful buffet table presentation.


  • 12 large, perfectly ripe pears
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 1/3 cups Red Hots cinnamon candies
  • 1 1/4 quarts water
  • 1 tablespoon fruit color protector (such as Fresh Fruit)
  • 2 drops red food coloring


Remove the skin from the pears, core them and cut in half. Combine the lemon juice with enough water to cover the pear halves and submerge them in the liquid to avoid discoloration.

In a saucepan, boil the candies in the water, stirring until completely dissolved. Add the fruit color protector and food coloring. Stir until completely dissolved, about 2 minutes.

Drain the pear halves, add to the saucepan and cook for 3-4 minutes or until the pears are heated through. Ladle the fruit into the jars and top with the red cooking liquid. Release the air bubbles from the jars. Clean the jar rims and seal.

Place the jars in a gently boiling (approximately 210 degrees F) hot-water canner and process for 20 minutes. (At high altitudes, increase the time as specified by the manufacturer.) Remove the jars from the canner using jar tongs, and cool.

CANNING TIPS: Gently remove the screw bands after 24 hours. It is important to do this after 24 hours as they will become difficult to remove, may rust and may not work properly again. Don't force them as you may break the vacuum seal.

Canned vegetables and fruits must always be stored in a dry, dark, cool area. Lids corrode in damp atmospheres; loss of food color occurs from too strong light; and jars break if frozen. Always label jars with the contents and the date.

Serving size = 1/2 cup

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.

RecID 4078

nutrition information per serving

130 calories; 0g total fat; 0mg cholesterol; 8mg sodium; 33g carbohydrates; 3g fiber; 0g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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