At the end of each summer and beginning of fall, the old pear tree at my husband’s aunt’s house is weighed down by the weight of at least 100 pears. And these aren’t the soft, juicy bartlett pears or asian pears that are so common to the American grocery store. These pears are heavy and crisp hard pears.
If left to ripen on the counter, they will soften up considerably, and I love to cook them down into delicious pear sauce. And with the addition of the Instant Pot to my kitchen four years ago, this recipe has become infinitely easier. (Wondering if an Instant Pot is right for you? Check out my full test and review.)
This instant pot pear sauce recipe can really work for any fresh pears you’re looking to sauce, and even works for other fruits like apples. The instant pot makes this recipe incredibly fast and is the perfect way to use up an abundance of pears.
How to Use Up Pears
The idea to begin making pear sauce came to me after I spent an entire day canning pears. That was tons of work! My hubby’s grandmother and aunt would spend several days each fall peeling and canning mountains of pears from that same pear tree.
I determined very quickly that… I didn’t have time for that. And since I had a toddler and an infant at the time, pear sauce seemed to be the perfect solution to both my time issue and the food issue. What better food for both of my kiddos than fresh pear sauce?
Since I began making this recipe many years before the Instant Pot, I do know that it can easily be modified into a slow cooker pear sauce recipe. See the modifications at the bottom of this post.
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Grab whatever varieties of pears you can get your hands on and for . Since pear skins are so thin, I don’t even bother to peel them. There’s fiber in the skin, right? In fact, USPears.org shares that a medium sized pear packs around 6 grams of fiber and most of that is in the skin! So eat pears to your heart’s content!
Since the homegrown pears we use are not as sweet as an asian pear or bartlett pear, I tend to add a small amount of coconut sugar. This pairs well with the cinnamon and gives our pear sauce a full fall flavor. If you are using a sweeter variety of pear, then skip the coconut sugar or any sweetener
Instant Pot Pear Sauce Ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need to whip this easy pear sauce recipe up!
- 8-10 medium ripe pears (3-4 pounds of pears)
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon (or even try Pumpkin Pie spice if you’re feeling adventurous)
- 1/4 cup of sugar (optional)(I use coconut sugar, but any kind will do, even maple syrup!)
- Instant Pot (I love my 6-qt and find it is plenty big for my family of 5)
- Immersion Blender (stick blender)
Homemade Pear Sauce Recipe
Now that you have all of your ingredients and supplies, here’s what you’ll do to make this easy pear sauce:
- Begin by washing and chopping pears into one inch cubes. (Toss the cores into your compost!)
- Place diced pear, water, cinnamon, and coconut sugar (if using) into the Instant Pot. Stir to combine.
- Close Instant Pot and be sure it is set to Seal. Use the manual function and set the time to five minutes.
- Once the Instant Pot is finished, let the pot release pressure naturally for five minutes, then use the quick release. Your pears should be fully cooked and smell amazing!
- Use the immersion blender to puree the cooked pears, adding just a bit more water if necessary (but I’ve never had to add more). You can also use a potato masher for a chunkier sauce. Once the pears are sauced to your liking (some prefer chunkier pear sauce), spoon pear sauce into glass jars and allow to cool on the counter.
- Store pear sauce in the fridge and enjoy!
Making Pear Sauce in the Slow Cooker
If you don’t have an Instant Pot, but you do have a slow cooker or crock pot, here are some easy recipe modifications:
- Combine all ingredients as mentioned above
- Set your crock pot on low for 6 to 8 hours and keep your eye on it.
- After pears are sufficiently cooked, blend as directed above and store.
How to Can and Freeze Pear Sauce
Pear sauce can be canned and stored for up to a year. Bring water to boil in a water bath canner. Spoon hot pear sauce into sanitized clean jars using a canning funnel. Wipe the jars to make sure they are clean. Place lids on jars and tighten the rings to finger-tip tight, and use a jar lifter to place jars in water-bath canner. For pint jars, process for 25 minutes and quart size jars for 30 minutes. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before labeling and storing for up to a year.
Pear sauce can also be frozen if it won’t be eaten within the week. Use freezer safe containers to freeze your sauce into manageable portions. For baby food use, freeze pear sauce into an ice cube tray and once frozen, pop out and place in a ziploc bag. As needed, remove a cube or two and warm up to use.
This particular recipe doesn’t yield a huge amount, but it could certainly be doubled if you’re planning to preserve a large amount of the pear sauce.
How to Use Pear Sauce
Besides the obvious… eating pear sauce… there are ways to use this delicious homemade food. Here’s a little bit of inspiration for you:
- Use in any recipe that calls for apple sauce. Pear sauce is a great alternative.
- Serve alongside any pork recipe for a bit of sweet along with your savory.
- Mix into oatmeal for a warm and fruity breakfast
- Serve warm pear sauce on top of vanilla ice cream
More Pear Recipes
Looking for more ways to use up extra pears or just happen to love all things pear? Here are some more recipes that would be a great choice:
- Fresh Pear Cake: This recipe has been in my family for years, and I distinctly remember my mom making it repeatedly because it is so good. Think of a good spice cake loaded with chunks of soft pear. It’s a winner!
- Fresh Pear Crisp: If you want a bit less effort but still have maximum flavor, this pear crisp is it. Sweet pears join together with a crunchy topping for a lighter dessert. You can also serve it with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream to make it even better.
I’d love to know if you’ve tried making pear sauce and any additions you’ve made to it. Have a great week and happy gardening!
Other Instant Pot Recipes:
- 8-10 pears
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar (optional)
- Wash and chop pears. Place pears, cinnamon, water, and coconut sugar into Instant Pot.
- Seal pot and use the manual function to set the time for 5 minutes.
- When cycle is finished, allow the IP to natural release for 5 minutes. Then use the quick release to release the remaining pressure.
- Use an immersion blender to blend the cooked pears to desired consistency.
- Spoon pear sauce into containers and store in the fridge.
Slow Cooker Pear Sauce: To use a slow cooker, use the same ingredients, but set crock pot on low for 6-8 hours. Check every so often to be sure no extra water is needed. When pears are cooked through, use an immersion blender to puree the pears to desired consistency.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 100Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 5gSugar: 18gProtein: 1g