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Homemade Pear Sauce

Homemade pear sauce in slow cooker! It can’t get any easier than that, and it’s delicious.

Homemade pear sauce in slow cooker! It can't get any easier than that, and it's delicious.

We all had applesauce at some point in our life. But have you ever had pear sauce? I’ve never had it before in my life until recently. Let me tell you it’s pure divine.

Mildly sweet, cinnamon-y and just delicious. I can eat it on its own as a snack, with pancakes, or on a toast.  If you haven’t tried pear sauce, I highly recommend to do so as soon as possible. Otherwise, you’re missing out big time.

Homemade pear sauce in slow cooker! It can't get any easier than that, and it's delicious.

The best part is that it’s a piece of cake to make. Bring out your slow cooker and let’s get to work. Or should I say put your slow cooker to work? You will thank me when your house will smell delicious and later when you taste the sauce. Are you ready?

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There you have it. Pure joy! As you had noticed, I used raw honey, instead of sugar. Consider it a healthy treat! 🙂

 It would an awesome gift as well! Anything homemade is great to gift, don’t you think?

Homemade pear sauce in slow cooker! It can't get any easier than that, and it's delicious.

 Yep, you read it right. This is what I was doing on Christmas Eve. Making pear sauce and canning. A box of pears was calling my name and threatening to go bad on me. I had no choice!

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Homemade Pear Sauce

Homemade pear sauce in slow cooker! It can’t get any easier than that, and it’s delicious.

Yield: about 5 pints


  • 10 cups pear puree (about 12 pears)
  • 1 cup raw honey*
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1-2 tablespoons ground nutmeg*


  1. Peel, core and quarter the pears. Place the pear quarters in the food processor and puree until smooth. Transfer the pear puree into the slow cooker and add honey. Adjust the honey amount to your taste. Stir in cinnamon sticks and ground nutmeg. Stir well, cover and cook for 4 hours on high.
  2. Sterilize canning jars in boiling water. Simmer the lids in a separate pot.
  3. Pour the sauce into sterile jars. Leave about ¼ in left from the top. Run a clean butter knife along the edges of the jar to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the edges of the jar clean. Put the lid on and tighten the ring around them, but not too tight. Place the jars into the boiling water and continue to boil for about 10 minutes. Then turn the heat off, and let them sit for 5 minutes. Transfer the jars onto a cooling rack and cool overnight.
  • Add more honey, if you want sweeter sauce.
  • Adjust the ground nutmeg amount for your taste.
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  1. Hello, I can’t wait to try this, we are reviving a small orchard of pear trees and we’ve haven’t canned yet. I was wondering if the biol time would need to be extended depending on the canning jar size? I’d like to can this in the 32 once size?

    • Hi, Michelle. Hmm, to be honest, I’ve never canned 32oz jars. The biggest I did was 16oz, and I didn’t extend the boil time. Sorry I can’t advise for sure on this.

  2. Thanks so much, Shinee, for answering so quickly.  Also, if I were to use sugar or brown sugar, would you have any recommendations for the amount, or can I leave it out altogether?  We have neighbors with a baby girl, and I think that it would be great for them to try with their daughter especially.  She just wouldn’t be able to consume honey until the age of one.  Thank you!

    • I didn’t try this unsweetened, but I’m sure it’d be just fine. If you decide to use sugar, I’d suggest starting with 1/2 cup of sugar and adjust to your taste from there.

  3. Hi, Shinee, this pear sauce and your pear crumb coffee cake look amazing!  I had a few questions.  How long will the pear sauce be good, once canned?  How long will it be good, once opened?  We just bought our first house, and we have two pear trees in the back.  We’ve been wondering what to do with them, other than giving them away and making pear tarte tatin.  Believe it or not, there is only so many times you can do that!  I’m so excited that the sauce is made in a slow cooker.  I can use m immersion blender to puree it right in the crock, too!

    • Hi, Rosemary! Congrats on your new house! How wonderful that you’ve got pear trees!! It’s usually advised to use up the home canned goods within a year for the best quality. But honestly I’ve had my pear sauce for almost 2 years and it’s still good. Once opened, I’d suggest to use it within a week or so. Hope this helps!