Naturally sweetened slow cooker vanilla bean pear butter is the perfect way to use up a bunch of pears! It’s easy, low sugar and delicious with everything from oatmeal and pancakes to pork loin and cheese platters. (Includes canning instructions.) gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free
Does anyone else ever go to the store and buy entirely too much produce when it’s a good price? I tend to do that a little too often, especially when I know it’s something that won’t be on sale again anytime soon. One of my favorites? PEARS!
I have a slight pear obsession. I stock up on as many as I can when they go on sale at my Sprouts, so I often end up with a produce drawer full of them and a husband that won’t help me eat them unless I cut them up and put them on his plate. And then of course I get distracted by the other fruit that spoils even faster than pears (looking at you, raspberries).
No worries though, my pears never go to waste. If I end up with too many, I end up preserving them like I do with most fruit that I buy too much of – in a delicious spread! With pears, it’s this delicious slow cooker vanilla bean pear butter.
Holy moly, you guys. This stuff is heavenly. I’ve been putting it on my oatmeal on these freezing mornings lately (and also possibly eating it by the spoonful). It makes everything it touches turn to gold in your mouth.
Ok, not really. But if there was a taste equivalent to gold, this vanilla bean pear butter might be it.
And you’d never guess how easy it is to make, or that it’s sweetened with just a touch of honey! Honestly, it probably doesn’t need any honey at all because it’s almost too sweet with just a tablespoon of honey. But I know some of you like your spreads a little sweeter (and I’m also nervous to can it without any added sugar).
To make this delicious slow cooker vanilla bean pear butter, all you do is cut up your pears and cook them in the slow cooker for a few hours. Then puree and store. It’s seriously that easy! You can opt to can it if you’d like, or just place one jar in the fridge for now, and the rest in the freezer for later.
The vanilla bean flavor in this pear butter is seriously addictive. I’ve been using vanilla bean paste lately (a life-saver if you use vanilla beans often). It takes all the work out of getting those little beans out of the pods. But vanilla bean pods are also great!
If you don’t have a pear obsession now, you will after you try this pear butter. #sorrynotsorry.
Slow Cooker Vanilla Bean Pear Butter
Naturally sweetened slow cooker vanilla bean pear butter is the perfect way to use up a bunch of pears! It’s easy, low sugar and delicious with everything from oatmeal and pancakes to pork loin and cheese platters. (gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free)
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 3 hours
- Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
- Yield: about 2 1/2 cups
- Category: spread
- 4 cups pears, peeled, cored and cubed (about 5 medium pears)
- 2 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
- 2 tbsp water
- 1-2 tbsp honey (depending on type and ripeness of pears)
- Beans from 1 vanilla bean pod, scraped out (or 1 tsp vanilla bean paste)
- Peel and core pears. Cut into 1/2-inch cubes.
- Place pears in a slow cooker with remaining ingredients.
- Cook on low 3-5 hours, depending ripeness of pears and how hot your low setting is.
- Mash pears with a potato masher or food meal, or place in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into jars and refrigerate or freeze, or follow canning instructions below.
- To can, sanitize jars and lids. Pour pear butter into jars, leaving 1/2 inch head space. Lightly tap jars on the counter or place a wooden skewer into the jar and move around the edge to remove any air bubbles. Wipe rims with a clean cloth soaked in vinegar. Place lids on jars and screw bands on until finger-tight. Process in a water bath for 20 minutes. Remove jars and place on a towel on the counter to cool. Place any jars that do not seal in the refrigerator immediately.
- Canned pear butter will last up to 6 months in a cool, dark place.
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