This easy refrigerator jam highlights the best of fall fruits--pears! Enjoy this easy pear jam on toast with melted butter or as a topping for ice cream or yogurt.

Marianne Williams
Source:, June 2020


Recipe Summary

30 mins
1 hr 55 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine pears, brown sugar, honey, lemon juice, ginger, cardamom, salt, cloves and cinnamon stick in a large saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the pears start to release juices, about 5 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened (or until a candy thermometer registers 220 degrees F), 20 to 25 minutes.

  • Remove from heat; discard the cinnamon stick. Using a potato masher, mash the mixture to the desired consistency. Let cool completely, about 1 hour. Divide the jam between two 8-ounce jars. Use immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.


To make ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.

Nutrition Facts

66 calories; protein 0.2g 1% DV; carbohydrates 17.5g 6% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 1.8g 7% DV; sugars 14.2g; fat 0.1g; saturated fatg; vitamin a iu 14.3IU; vitamin c 3mg 5% DV; folate 4.4mcg 1% DV; calcium 8.5mg 1% DV; iron 0.2mg 1% DV; magnesium 4.7mg 2% DV; potassium 76.1mg 2% DV; sodium 50.2mg 2% DV; added sugar 9g.