Pear Butter – Instant Pot Recipe

A little taste of autumn.


5 pounds of pears – peel, core and cut into large chunks

¾ Cup honey

3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice

3 teaspoons cinnamon

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ginger

⅛ teaspoon clover

¼ Cup water


  1. Place the pear chunks in the instant pot (IP). Add all the other ingredients on top of the pears. Lock lid in place, set to pressure cook.
  2. Cook on high for 30 minutes.
  3. Quick release – let the steam out as we don’t want the extra moisture left in the IP.
  4. Remove the lid, when safe to do so. Press sautee to bring the mixture to a boil. 
  5. Reduce the heat to low, letting the mixture simmer for 20 minutes. Be careful of the occasional splatter. Give a little stir from time to time.
  6. Use an immersion blender to mix until smooth (*no immersion blender – use a blender). Be careful as the mixture is very hot!
  7. Simmer the sauce for an additional 10 minutes or until the butter is thick enough that when pushed with a spoon the sauce holds the peak that was created.
  8. Let cool and store in a container in the refrigerator. Or place in glass jars to commence canning.

Best served warm on bread of choice. We enjoyed it on multi-grain bread made in our bread machine.

Since I was a kid, I have always enjoyed apple butter in the fall. So when I was given a bag full of locally grown pears, I thought I’d give pear butter a chance. And I’m glad I did! 

In my opinion, this pear butter is just the right mixture of spices and sweetness, with a smooth texture. I chose to use honey instead of sugar. Honey has a lower glycemic index than sugar, which means sugar raises blood sugar levels more rapidly than honey. Plus honey is sweeter, requiring less. 

Hope you enjoy!

Pear butter served with multi-grain bread.

Published by Home Study from the Grateful Heart

Welcome new friends. I'm Heather, a homeschooling mama raising three children alongside my husband. I love to walk our two dogs, photograph nature, and write poetry. As a family, we love reading together, creating art, sports and all things nature. We also enjoy sharing our learning experiences with friends and creating co-op opportunities. I enjoy writing about our homeschool adventures, as well as nature and sharing recipes. My heart is grateful for my family, our homeschool, our friends and homeschool community, as well as the nature around us. In addition to following my blog, you can find me on Facebook at Home Study from the Grateful Heart.

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