Spiced Pears for Canning

7 quarts
26 min

These spiced pears are an easy canning recipe that's great for beginners. The spices give the fruit a delicious flavor.

I use a light sugar simple syrup, so these have less sugar than canned pears. Then I add a whole cinnamon stick and whole cloves. I also like to use my homemade vanilla extract for more flavor.

This is a canning recipe. The flavors mix after about a month, so it really can't be adapted for the freezer or made and served right away.

I serve them as a side dish with dinner. However, you can also use spiced pears in recipes like a cobbler or other dessert. I have a full list of supplies on my canned spiced pears recipe if you need help finding any of the supplies. You can make these spiced pears in quart jars or pint jars. I use quarts because we are a family of 5.

Recipe details

  • 7  quarts
  • Prep time: 1 Minutes Cook time: 25 Minutes Total time: 26 min
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  • 14-21 pounds of pears
  • 5 cups sugar
  • 6 cups water
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 30 whole cloves
  • 1/2 lemon, juice (or lemon juice)


Prepare your jars and add water to your water bath canner. Start heating the water.
Prepare the syrup on the stove. Bring the water and sugar boil to dissolve the sugar and reduce the heat so the syrup stays hot. Add the vanilla extract to the hot syrup.
Wash, peel, and cut your pairs. You can add Fruit Fresh to prevent browning if desired.
Add the pears and lemon juice to the syrup and simmer for 5 minutes to heat the pears for a hot pack.
Place ½ inch cinnamon stick and 3-5 whole cloves in each quart jar.
Use a slotted spoon to place the pears into hot jars. Fill the jars with the syrup. Leave a ½ inch headspace.
Wipe the rims with a cloth, remove air bubbles, and place the lids on the jars.
Process pints for 20 minutes and quarts for 25 minutes. Adjust for altitude as needed.

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