Pear Mincemeat: A Keeper from the Recipe Box

A few years ago we had an overabundance of pears and searched for a new way of canning them. I came across the following recipe in my Ball Blue Book of canning recipes. I love mincemeat with fruit and spices, but not with real meat added. A pint of this mincemeat mixed with some tart apples makes a superb pie. Warmed up, it works as a yummy sauce over ice cream or pound cake. It is one of those recipes with lots of possibilities!

Pear Mincemeat

7 pounds Bartlett pears
1 lemon
2 pounds raisins
6 3/4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon cloves
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon allspice
1 teaspoon ginger
1 cup vinegar

Wash, quarter, and core pears. Wash and cut lemon into quarters, removing seeds. Coarsely chop pears and lemon. Add remaining ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat; reduce heat; simmer 40 minutes. Ladle hot mincemeat into hot pint jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Adjust two-piece caps. Process 25 minutes in a boiling-water canner. Yield: about 10 pints.


  1. I'll trade you some pear mincemeat for some grated zucchini!!

  2. Good Lord! This sounds phenomenal! Not much of a mincemeat fan but THIS, this sounds like dessert for Taryn's Chili.

  3. We LOVE little mincemeat (not meat) pies with custard... but Ive never heard of your recipe before, oh my how scrummous it looks...... I WANT SOME lol


  4. Hey SVG... you are on! I think you have tried this mincemeat, but it is really good!
    jbelle.... it is really good. In fact I am going up to the orchard to get some more pears and can some more!
    Marmite... I have never heard of mincemeat with custard. That sounds yummy also!

  5. Andrea20.8.09

    I've been planning to try this recipe. It looks great! One question...Do you peel the lemon or use the peel, along with the inside part of the lemon? Thanks!

  6. You leave the peels on. It adds flavor and color. You will love this recipe.

  7. The pear is useful in weight loss diets, including food, fiber maintains its fullness and cleanses the body, also have many vitamin and potassium. SO the pear is one of the fruits with more properties and is very easy to find it. Just go at supermarket and you will have varieties to shoose from.

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  8. This is a great recipe for Pear Mincemeat. I usually add more cinnamon for flavor in mine, sometimes I overdo it. I think this is just the correct ratio.


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