Canned Pears in Ginger Syrup

Is anyone else still in canning mode? I have putting up the last bit of fall and stocking my cabinets with jams, jellies, and my new-to-me favorite, Canned Pears in Ginger Syrup. Canned goods make the best gifts and I’m stocking up for the holiday season.

Three jars of canned pears. Highlighting the star anise in the jars. A brown basket filled with pears.


Canning can be intimidating. I certainly felt that way when I first started. It’s actually quite easy when you know what you’re doing. Using the water bath method- as I do here- is straight forward. There are a few tips to ensure success!
1- make sure your jars are sterilized and ready to go. I put mine through the quick cycle in my dishwasher about an hour before I start. The jars are clean AND warm.
2- using warm jars is crucial when you’re putting anything hot in. It prevents the jar from breaking.
3- have all your ingredients prepped and all the tools you need ready to go.
4- read the full directions before you start!

A basket of just ripe pears that are perfect for canning. Showing  three jars filled with pears canned with a ginger spiced syrup.


What sets these pears apart is the ginger simple syrup. Making the syrup is easy– you simply combine sugar, water, and fresh ginger. The ginger adds depth to the syrup without being too overpowering. I also like to add one star anise to each jar but only do that if you like the black licorice flavor. Anise can be quite strong!

Beautifully lit basket of pears and  three mason jars filled with preserved pears, star anise, and a sweetened ginger syrup.


Once preserved, these pears will be shelf stable up to a year. The ginger scented pears are delicious on their own right from jar! Using the pears has endless possibilities:
-over ice cream
-mixed into oatmeal
-as a side salad to cottage cheese (weird but delicious!)
-save the syrup and use it in the base of a cocktail or mocktail!

Fresh ginger, star anise, sweetened simple syrup make up this recipe for canning pears.

This recipe was created in partnership with Dixie Crystals, a long time partner of Mountain Mama Cooks. All opinions and thoughts are my own. You can get the recipe for Canned Pears in Ginger Syrup along with all my other canning recipes on their website.

Get the full recipe —-> HERE

recipe by Mountain Mama Cooks/ photos by Deborah DeKoff


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