Ginger Honey Pear Butter Recipe + a Giveaway

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National-Honey-Month

September is National Honey Month and it seemed fitting for us to celebrate. Not only because we have a pretty sweet line of honey jars, but also because we’ve been enjoying honey sweetened preserves and all the benefits of swapping honey for sugar in our jams, fruit butters and other preserves.

If you haven’t tried using honey in place of sugar in your preserves, this post about honey sweetened preserves offers some guidance on how to do that safely. We’ve also learned a lot about the addition of honey, and tried many trusted recipes from the books Naturally Sweet Food in Jars, and Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin.

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In fact, we have a great new recipe to share with you today, and it’s based on a recipe from Naturally Sweet Food in Jars, by Marisa McClellan. Her book includes a recipe for Gingery Fig Butter, but instead of figs, we choose to use pears and so, Ginger Honey Pear Butter was born. (See recipe below.)

If you’re following along with the Mastery Challenge you’ll know that September’s challenge is to make a fruit butter. If you are more of a apple butter person, we’ve got a few of those recipes too.

 

We also wanted to introduce you to CanningCrafts, our partner for our giveaway. CanningCrafts has been selling colorful, canning jar labels since 2010, and we just love their products! They have over 300 products that include custom labels, cloth covers for mason jars, hang tags, and DIY cookie mason jar gift sets. They create customized honey labels for backyard beekeepers, which is what made us think of them for National Honey Month. CanningCrafts selection of ready made and custom mason jar labels are perfect for dressing up the mason jars in your own pantry, or to give to friends and family!

 

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Honey_Canning_Jar_Label SheetsWe fell in love with this Vintage Honey Bee Canning Label. Since you can customize it yourself, we thought it would work perfectly in a variety of ways. Beekeepers can use it to label jars of honey. Preservers can use it to identify honey sweetened preserves.  

CanningCrafts is giving two lucky winners 5 sheets of labels (2o labels per sheet).  We are also throwing in a $50 store credit to Fillmore Container for each winner. You can enter to win at the end of this post.

CanningCrafts is also offering Fillmore Container’s readers 10% off all honey labels until October 15, 2017. Just use coupon code: BizzyBeeFC at check out.

 

GINGER HONEY PEAR BUTTER

Pear ImageThis recipe is adapted from Marisa McClellan’s recipe for Gingery Fig Butter in her book Naturally Sweet Food in Jars.

Yield: 5 (half-pint/250 ml) jars

3 pounds/1.4 kg pears, chopped

1 cup/340 g honey

1/4 cup/60 ml bottled lemon juice

1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

Prepare jars, lids and a boiling water bath canner and 5 half-pint/250 ml jars.

Note: You donโ€™t need to peel these pears. The natural pectin in the skins helps thickening. And adds flavor and nutrition. When you puree the pears (with the skins), youโ€™ll find the skins just disappear into the butter.

Combine the pears, honey, lemon juice, and ginger in a low, wide, non-reactive pot. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. Once the contents of the pot begin to bubble and roll, reduce the heat to medium-low. Using an immersion blender, puree the warm pears until smooth. Cook, stirring regularly until the pear puree is thick. You know itโ€™s done because it begins to thickly coat the sides of the pan and offers more resistance when you stir. During cooking, the pear butter may have clumped up a bit. If this is the case, use your immersion blender to puree is smooth again.

Remove the pot from the heat and funnel the finished butter into the prepared jars, leaving 1/2 inch/12 mm of headspace. Wipe the rims, apply the lids and rings, and process in a boiling water bath canner for 15 minutes.

 

GIVEAWAY

Two lucky winners will each receive 5 sheets of Vintage Honey Bee Canning Label from CanningCrafts AND a $50 store credit to Fillmore Container. Enter to win below.

Don’t forgetCanningCrafts is also offering Fillmore Container’s readers 10% off all honey labels until October 15, 2017. Just use coupon code: BizzyBeeFC at check out.

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119 Comments

  1. Robin Chesser
    Posted September 15, 2017 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    I’d use them on my homemade lemon curd jars.

  2. Megan Cozart
    Posted September 15, 2017 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    This Ginger Honey Pear butter sounds amazing!! I will be making some of this with the 2 boxes of pears I just got! I love the labels, brilliant idea for sticking them to the lids (why didn’t I think of that ๐Ÿ˜‰ )!!!

  3. Karen Jeanne
    Posted September 16, 2017 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    I would use these for customized Christmas gifts of canned preserves. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Elaine Bray
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    I would use the labels for blueberry jam made with honey.

  5. Janet Meeks
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been making a pear butter for years….so good on pumpkin bread!

  6. Joy Richard
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    Would love to win the labels and store credit. Your jars are the best!

  7. Earen Hummel
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t canned in two years. So sad! I miss putting up food for the winter.

  8. Linda Bick
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    I’d use the labels for gifting!

  9. Jeanine
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Mmmm, I have pears, I have honey, I have ginger! Totally making this!

  10. Melodie Dearolf
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    Hoping to win

  11. cheryl
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    I would think that the greener the pears—the more pectin you would have.

  12. Carrie S
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    I would definitely use these on a batch of honey preserved pears this fall!

  13. Tammy Willyard
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    Would be so grateful to win this giveaway.

    Tammy

  14. Pamela Rehm
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    they would be great for labeling my baked honey, butter, cinnamon and sugared pecans. I absolutely love those jars too. cool giveaway. Thanks for the chance.

  15. Rust
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    I would use the labels for my dried herbs.

  16. Laura Frisch
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    Oooo pick me! How exciting of a gift this would be!

  17. Rachel
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    Love the labels. They would look great on Christmas gift items.

  18. Alicia Hewit
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    I would be giving this to my mom. She loves canning all sorts of goodies, and I think she could put these to good use.

  19. Susan
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    I would use them to label things I store in jars.

  20. Jo Skidmore
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    I’m planning to make homemade kitchen gifts for the holidays this year. How nice to have such social labels.

  21. Marcie Jmuseumprince
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    I would use the cute honey labels on my home canned goods, especially my honey peaches or my honey vanilla peats.

  22. Lanae Byers
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    I would use the honey bee labels in my canning most likely!

  23. Terry
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    Those are so nice! Thanks for the opportunity!

  24. Genene Kimber-Zinger
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    Gotta try this recipe!

  25. Mary Lynn Zwolinski
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Very cute labels

  26. Gail Vance
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the great canning recipes with honey! Everything I have learned up to now had been sugar based.

  27. Jackie
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    They are soooo beautiful. Visited CannngCrafts and loved their supplies!!!

  28. sairuh
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    I’d use the labels on anything whether it had honey as an ingredient or not. I love bees, it’s a thing.

  29. June Dieter
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    I love the ideas

  30. Joyce S
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    I love the bee canning labels! I just bought some beautiful pears at my farmers market and will try this recipe with them. Sounds yummy!

  31. Sue D
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    Love these–I would use them to label my jars of honey.

  32. Rita Sharpe
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    I love Fillmore Container !

  33. Carla Fincher
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    these bee lids are tooooo cute!!
    ill take 1 dozen please ๐Ÿ˜‰

  34. Sherri
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    I would use the lables as gift lables

  35. jess
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    love the labels!

  36. melissa
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    I would use the beautiful labels on my canning jars! love the bee!

  37. Gi Grumelli
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    I have made some soap with honey and these labels would be beautiful on the boxes of those special bars!

  38. Wendy Trujillo
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    I love honey from small famiky farms

  39. Gloria Richards
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    More than likely I will use the labels on Christmas and Holiday gifts. Great time to give pretty jars of preserves and goodies for others to enjoy.

  40. Jenn Weber
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    Such cute labels! We are GA Tech fans, and I am sure I can use these for a cute packaged tailgate dip holder!

  41. One of God's
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 12:34 am | Permalink

    I’d use them on anything I’d sweetened with homegrown honey.

  42. Chrissy
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    I have always loved “pear honey.” May have to try this recipe and use the labels for it.

  43. Jennifer McLean
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 1:16 am | Permalink

    I just pinned your honey pear jam and THAT’S what I’d make first. We have tiny jars I’d decant into so it was super special. We have a new local unpastureized honey I’d use!

  44. Jen Essad
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 1:57 am | Permalink

    I’m thinking I’d share with my best friend who is preserving this fall back home in Michigan

  45. Lauren Ebin
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 2:32 am | Permalink

    I;d label my honeyed peach bourbon preserves!

  46. ColleenB.~Texas
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 2:47 am | Permalink

    wonderful giveaway.
    Thank you.
    Actually I would divide up the label sheets and give as a gift whom I know are bee keepers.

  47. Sybil Berkley
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 4:27 am | Permalink

    Excellent recipe and give away!

  48. Erika B
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 4:53 am | Permalink

    those labels would be great for the gift jams – we all make them.

  49. Eddi
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 6:30 am | Permalink

    I’m a beekeeper and a maker of preserves sweetened with honey so these honey themed labels are perfect for me. A winning combo of beautiful jars from Filmore and lovely labels from canning craft.

  50. Darla
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 6:53 am | Permalink

    How sweet!! I would label some fruit butter…I think I’ll try the pear and maybe even the fig.

  51. Archie Ardoin
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    Love your recipe

  52. Patricia Seiger
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    This sounds delicious!

  53. Elizabeth Snead
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    I would use those great labels for canning Jelly !

  54. Jan Elmore
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    I happen to have a beautiful pear tree all ready to harvest for….’Ginger Honey Pear Butter’ so these labels & recipe are spot on timing for me!

  55. Tammy B.
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    I would use these honey bee labels for the local honey I buy in gallon jugs and decant to smaller jars.

  56. Cathy
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    good stuff

  57. AnneN
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    I would use these lovely labels on my canning projects and would also share some with my daughter-in-law who loves bees. ๐Ÿ™‚

  58. Elizabeth
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    Definitely making this pear butter. Would love to win the labels.

  59. Debora
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    Love the bee labels!

  60. Raymond Stone
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    I will put to good use by giving them away doing the holidays. Thank You!

  61. Janice Lown
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    The labels are adorable. I use labels for everything. Canning labels are always at hand in my kitchen.

  62. Amy S
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    These labels are adorable!?!

  63. Sheila
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    I love these labels – I think I would use them on any of my canning – not just honey items!

  64. Tiffany B
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    I like the idea of using these labels as an identifier for honey sweetened! It will make it much easier!

  65. Karen
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    For Holiday gifts and House warming presents

  66. Anita Kennett
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    This would be perfect because I have been wanting to teach my daughter how to use them.Thank You ๐Ÿ’•

  67. Margaret King
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    I’d write what they are and when i canned them.

  68. Diane Meyer
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    You gotta love these containers

  69. Savannagal
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    I would use these labels on all my jars. I use jars for storing beans, rice, herbs and canned veggies, among other stranger things like buttons and string. Though I don’t actually need labels on jars of buttons and string. ๐Ÿ™‚

  70. Jeri Riddick
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    Darling labels! I’d love to use them on our trials of making jams with honey.

  71. Brenda Haines
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    I would use them on my creamed honey jars.

  72. Gloria
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    this sounds great! I will be making this on Saturday. Can this be made in a crockpot?

    • Posted September 21, 2017 at 7:17 am | Permalink

      Hi Gloria, Most fruit butters will cook down well in a crockpot. You’ll just want to be sure to watch the edges for scorching. I often put the lid on, but place a wooden spoon under the one end of the lid so that the steam can still escape. Of course, you will still have to apply the standard water bath process.

  73. Aries
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Those labels are AWESOME! I really want some! Pick me to win please! ๐Ÿ˜€

  74. Melvin Golden
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    I would use these to put on my homemade canned jellies.

  75. Dawn N.
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for the chance to win – I have my eye on some mason jar lids from your site!

  76. Jane H
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Those labels are adorable! I am always looking for pretty labels for my jams and chutneys. The butter recipe sounds delicious!

  77. Sara
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    To label my own honey jars of course! I like giving them to family during the Holiday’s.

  78. Margaret
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    I would use these Vintage Honey Bee Canning Labels from CanningCrafts to try out the Ginger Honey Pear Butter recipe and other recipes using honey.

  79. Paula
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    I’d use them for our honey, harvested from our own hives! :o)

  80. Karen D
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    I would use them for my things I can for gifts. So pretty!

  81. REBECCA STEPHEN
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    I put flour,sugar, rice, brown sugar in glass jars and would need some labels

  82. Lisa Ogle
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    I would use them on all the jars I can, they are awesome!

  83. Deborah Rosen
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    I’d use them on Christmas gifts of jams, broths or fruit. I wouldn’t have to sign my name since my first name means bee and all my friends know that.

  84. Pam Flynn
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    I would love to use these Canning labels on my jars of peaches that I will be putting up. They are so cute & fun.

  85. Posted September 19, 2017 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    I will use them on my Christmas gifts of mixes.

  86. Loura
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    on my home made apple butter jars

  87. Anne
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Sweet labels! I’d use them any time I made preserves with honey. I just made some honey-peach preserves, and these cute labels would have been perfect for the jars.

  88. Karen Simon Peterson
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    I would use them on my homemade jams – so cute! And on the bulk honey jars that I get from our community co-op.

  89. Leah
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    Such cute labels.

  90. Martha Waugh
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

    I would use the labels for my corn cob jelly. It tastes like honey.

  91. Carol
    Posted September 20, 2017 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    I love fancy labels and Fillmore container jars!

  92. Mary Songer
    Posted September 20, 2017 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    I would do some canning and then use the labels to give the jars away to my family and friends. I’m always getting wonderful home made gifts and would love to give something homemade of my own.

  93. Cathy M T
    Posted September 20, 2017 at 1:37 am | Permalink

    Aside from putting them on jams with honey, they’d be good for jars of whipped honey butter, and even for stand alone gift tags.

  94. katklaw777
    Posted September 20, 2017 at 3:56 am | Permalink

    I’d use them on my peach butter that I am giving as xmas presents…thanks!

  95. Jeanette Kessler
    Posted September 20, 2017 at 5:33 am | Permalink

    Anything bee is great with me!! I love them! Just saw bee skep towels that would complement each other in a gift ensemble using canning jars.

  96. Posted September 20, 2017 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    I would use the labels on all my Christmas Jams and Jellies I give as gifts

  97. Brenda West
    Posted September 20, 2017 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    I love to can things – including learning to can new things. I would use the labels to use on my apple pie filling that I can whenever I have a good product from my apple trees. I would also use them on my jams I make. Giving them as gifts with a sweet label would just be icing on the cake. Thanks

  98. Kim Davis
    Posted September 20, 2017 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    I would use them on my honey apple preserves.

  99. Kelli
    Posted September 20, 2017 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    I will use them for teacher gifts this fall!

  100. Tina Hutton
    Posted September 20, 2017 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    Great recipes, information and some FREE stuff! What a fun site.

  101. kathy Persons
    Posted September 21, 2017 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    Too label my homemade jam

  102. Jill
    Posted September 21, 2017 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    I would use them on my sweet tea poached peaches.

  103. MaryKC
    Posted September 22, 2017 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Would use them for home-made cough syrup, honey and fruit jams and such

  104. Angie
    Posted September 22, 2017 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    I am almost done with my Whole30. I can’t wait until it is done because I am MAKING this!

  105. Missy
    Posted September 22, 2017 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    I would use these labels on my apricot, honey and lemon jam! They have been waiting for a label.

  106. Andrea
    Posted September 22, 2017 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    I’d use them on my honey-sweetened jams and butters!

  107. Brenda Williams
    Posted September 22, 2017 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    It seems easy enough to swap out the sugar with honey and what could be better for you?
    I love these labels. Just made some apple pie jam and they would be so cute with these labels!
    Thanks for this blog post. Always so helpful!

  108. Robin
    Posted September 22, 2017 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    cute labels love honey

  109. Mary Yee
    Posted September 22, 2017 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    I would use these on all my jams, butters, and curds! Much better than the mailing labels that I have been cutting up and using!

  110. Betty
    Posted September 22, 2017 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    Cute! ”Tis the season to start making Christmas gifts”.

  111. Patty
    Posted September 22, 2017 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    What a great way to identify items made with honey as a sweetener. I am using honey this year with some of my jams.

  112. Barb
    Posted September 22, 2017 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    I love these labels. I would use them for salsas, preserves and new recipes I find on Pinterest.

  113. Anita Jude
    Posted September 22, 2017 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    I would use them on honey and garden canned things

  114. Diane
    Posted September 22, 2017 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    I would use them on items I am giving away.

  115. cheryl
    Posted September 22, 2017 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    I use the ends of address labels, so these would be a huge improvement for all my canned goods!

  116. Renee Rousseau
    Posted September 22, 2017 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    I would use the Vintage Honey Bee Canning Labels from CanningCrafts on my homemade peach jam!

  117. Kristen H.
    Posted September 22, 2017 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    I would use these Vintage Honey Bee Canning Labels from CanningCrafts to label jams, various types of honey and jars of baby food. Thanks for the fantastic opportunity to win!

  118. Heather Coffman
    Posted September 24, 2017 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    I am telling all my bee keeper friends about these labels. They are beautiful. I cannot wait to try the ginger honey pear butter it will make great gifts for the holidays. We live I in a pear orchard valley in Oregon it will be fun to give. Thank you

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