Making and Canning Pear Sauce

Ah, to be able to bottle the tastes of fall and enjoy it all year long. Did you know that you can? How, you may ask? With this delicious pear sauce!

Pear sauce is just what you think it is. It’s ripe pears, mushed and cooked into a slightly chunky, slightly smooth sauce.

canned pear sauce
canned pear sauce

It’s great for homemade baby food, eating out of the jar, making pear butter, or as a substitute for applesauce in any recipe.

Pears make a great pear sauce due to their light flavor and softer texture. It makes it a cinch to mush and cook down.

Pear sauce is the perfect food, in my opinion.

It’s lightly sweet, almost bland flavor make it great for reintroducing solids after an achy tummy, introducing solids for a baby, or for those who need a liquid diet any reason.

Adding a touch of cinnamon makes the pear sauce pop!

At one point in time, my son could easily eat a pint of this dreamy goodness in one sitting. He loved it that much.

I was grateful that our neighbor allowed me to collect pears from their trees each year so that I could accommodate him easily.

I would often glean nearly 5 bushels of pears for canning and making pear sauce. He has since slowed down a bit on the pear sauce, but we still love adding it to recipes and enjoying it from time to time out of the jar.

Making the pear sauce is super easy. It just requires pears, a knife and a large pot. Maybe a stick blender or potato masher. Or a fork. Your choice.

Depending on the ripeness of the pears, pear sauce can be made start to finish in less than 5 minutes. Seriously, how easy is that? I just know that you are going to love homemade pear sauce as much as I do!

Making Your Pear Sauce


  • 3 pounds ripe pears
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. Slice the pears in 1/2 and remove the seeds and stems.
  2. Place the pear halves in a heavy bottomed skillet and add the water.
  3. Simmer on low for 5 minutes, mushing with a fork or potato masher as they cook.
  4. For a smoother pear sauce, process in batches in a jar blender or use a stick blender in the pot. Process until as smooth as you like.

Optional additions that taste wonderful as well:

  • 1 sliced and scraped vanilla bean
  • 1/2 cup cherries mashed with the pears
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, mashed with the pears

Now, if you would like to can your pear sauce, simply follow the recipe below to make your pear sauce.

canned pear sauce

Canned Pear Sauce Recipe


  • 3 lbs pear sauce


  • Fill clean, sanitized pint jars with the pear sauce, leaving 1/4 inch head space.
  • Wipe the rim of the jar to remove any reside and add a new lid.
  • Screw clean band on finger tight.
  • Process in boiling water bath for 20 minutes, beginning the timer when the water returns to a full rolling boil.
  • Remove from the water, and allow to cool for 24 hours in a non-drafty place.
  • After fully cool, test lids.
  • Remove the bands, wipe the jars and store in the pantry for up to a year.

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