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Honey'd Pears

Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 15 mins



  • 2 litres Water
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Honey
  • 6 Star Anise


  • 5 kg Pears



  • Place all the syrup items in a jam pan and bring to the boil
  • Stir occasionally

Preparing the Pears

  • Peel and quarter the pears while you wait for the syrup to boil.
  • Have a bowl of cold water to plunge the quartered pears into while you finish the batch.
  • Add the pears to the syrup, and place a piece of baking paper over the top with a little hole for air. 
    This will stop the pears from browning. 

Preparing the Jars

  • Wash your jars in hot soapy water and sterilise them in a hot oven. 
  • I place the jars in a hot oven (180 degrees for 15 mins)
  • Pour boiling water over the lids or seals.

Bottling the Pears

  • Once the pears have reached a boil (I like a firm poached pear - so boil a bit longer if you like it softer) turn off the element.
  • Carefully remove the hot jars from the oven.
  • Place the pears in into the hot jars and fill to the top with syrup.
  • Place a seal on top and press it down while you screw the band on tightly.
  • Once the jars are cooled.  Remove the bands and check the seals. 
  • Wash the jars to remove any sticky syrup.
  • If the jar doesn’t seal I would recommend placing in a water bath to re-process it.