Pear Relish

Pear Relish

Have you ever eaten pear relish?

“What is pear relish eaten with?” you may be asking.

Um, well…I like it on ham or turkey sandwiches, hot dogs, and anything involving mayo and mustard.  Yes, hamburgers…it’s very good on hamburgers.

Some people eat it with home-grown field peas…black-eyed peas…crowder peas…and green beans.  This chow-type relish is tasty with pork – cooked any way you can dream up.

If I didn’t already know how good this relish tastes, I would never go to the trouble of making it.

Rough Chop Vegetables

Would you believe I planted two pear trees  in The Land of Making Do just so I would have pears for making pear relish?  It’s true.  Except, one tree died after being run over by a deer.  My Kieffer pear tree, the one remaining, provided enough pears this year for a half batch of pear relish.

Fresh-picked Pears

It may seem like it’s too much trouble.

Fine Chop Pears and Vegetables

You’ll just have to trust me on this.

Simmering Ingredients

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Enjoy Pear Relish as an accompaniment with many foods, such as peas, ham, hot-dogs and hamburgers, plus more. Try it with everything and choose your favorites.
Recipe type: Relish - Preserved
Cuisine: American
Serves: 9-12 pint jars
  • 12 cups chopped pears (firm pears for canning)
  • 8 medium onions
  • 6 dill pickles
  • 6 green bell peppers
  • 3 red bell peppers
  • 5 small hot peppers - I use jalapeno peppers
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 3½ cups white vinegar, divided
  • 5 Tablespoons plain flour
  • 1 Tablespoon turmeric
  • 3 Tablespoons dry mustard
  1. Rough chop first 6 ingredients. Place in batches in food processor and pulse until chopped fine. Place all in large stock pot and stir with salt. Let sit 5 minutes. Strain juice from pot.
  2. In medium bowl, combine sugar, celery seed, and 3 cups white vinegar. Set aside.
  3. In small bowl, combine ½ cup vinegar with remaining ingredients. Make a paste and add to sugar/vinegar mixture. Blend and pour over pear/vegetable mixture in stock pot
  4. Heat to boiling and simmer 20-30 minutes. Ladle into sterile canning jars and process 10 minutes to seal. (Or, put into jars to refrigerate a couple of weeks.)

Maybe you could start by making a half recipe, which can be made in a regular 8-quart pot.  For a full recipe, you’ll need at least a 10-quart stock pot.  I’ll share details of the canning process in my next canning post (to come very soon).

Canning the Pears

A friend popped by drove out for a visit yesterday around lunch time.  (I had offered this friend a jar of relish the other day, she said she doesn’t eat stuff like that, and “no thank you, but give some to my husband – he will eat it”.)  So, I wasn’t really expecting her to like the turkey sandwich (with a little pear relish sneaked in there) I had prepared for her to taste.

Wrong!  She loved it and took “husband’s” jar home with her.  (Don’t worry, he got his very own jar.)

A new believer in pear relish.  🙂

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  1. says

    I’ve never even heard of pear relish before. I certainly believe it’s tasty. We are thinking of planting a pear tree next year, so it will be good to have some recipes for it. Pinning this one for later 🙂

  2. Mary Herron says

    I was so excited to see a “pear relish” post! I’m a senior citizen and my mother used to make pear relish when I was a kid. I loved it on hamburgers. She had a hand grinder she used (before food processors) and my sisters and I helped peel and cut the pears and peppers. Thanks for reminding me. I’ll have to dig out mom’s recipe to compare.

    • Kim Hood says

      Thank you for sharing such a sweet memory! I can’t imagine using a hand grinder – must have taken a lot longer to make. I’ll be interested to know how the recipe compares. 🙂

  3. R Ott says

    Five years ago, we moved to a house that had two pear trees. Other than letting the children sell the pears to friends for their own money, i never used the pears. After coming across your wesbsite two days ago, today I am making your pear relish recipe. My kitchen smells delish with the relish simmering. Can’t wait to try it! Thanks!