Vanilla Pear Jam

Easy and Pear Jam with vanilla bean Recipe

by Megan on February 24, 2011

When I saw this Vanilla Pear Jam recipe, I knew it would be on my table the very next day.

I love making jam and this recipe really spoke to me.

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Or maybe it was really Marisa that spoke to me when she said,

“This is truly a transformative jam for vanilla lovers. Flavor-wise, pears are fairly retiring, so they provide a perfect platform for the vanilla to shine. What’s more, when cooked, the pears take on a translucent, golden-y hue that allows all those vanilla bean flecks to show their stuff”.

That’s all I needed to hear to get me up, dig out some jelly jars, and run out for pears.

Vanilla Pear Jam Recipe

All the way to the store I could hear her words,

“we put together a board of eight cheeses for our guests. I pulled out a couple of jars of jam to serve as accompaniment, but it was this one that got all the love”.


“Paired with a runny triple creme, people were speechless with the goodness of it”.

vanilla pear jam

I like jam with my cheese!

I wanted to taste the love!!

So I did!  :)

This jam is awesome!

I love how the vanilla really shines through in this recipe. It was great on toast, it was great with some cheese and crackers, and it was great by the spoonful!

Vanilla Pear Jam Recipe

I cant wait to use it in a coffeecake recipe that is on the menu soon.

This is a keeper recipe and if your a jam maker, one I hope you’ll try.

You wont be sorry!

pear jam

And now with 6 jars canned and ready to go,

I can share the love!

Vanilla Pear Jam

Found at Food In Jars

makes 3.5 pints (fills seven half pint jars)

8 cups chopped Bartlett pears (or any smooth, thin-skinned pear. No need to peel.)
2 vanilla beans, split and scraped
4 cups sugar
1 packet liquid pectin(I used a powdered)

  1. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, combine chopped pears, sugar and vanilla beans and vanilla seeds.
  2. Cook over medium heat until the fruit can easily be smashed with the back of a wooden spoon.
  3. Use a potato masher or immersion blender to break the fruit down into a mostly-smooth sauce (remove the vanilla bean solids before blending).
  4. Add the pectin and bring to a rolling boil. Let boil for a full five minutes in order to active the pectin,
  5. Fill jars, wipe rims to remove any residual jam, apply lids (heat canning lids in a small pot over very low heat while you’re preparing the jam to ensure a good seal) and screw on the rims.
  6. Process the filled jars in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes (start the timer when the pot has returned to a boil).
  7. Remove jars from pot and place the jars on a towel-lined counter top. Let them cool undisturbed for  two hours. During this time, the lids should seal.
  8. Check to ensure the jars have sealed by pushing down on the center of the lid. If it feels solid and doesn’t move, it is sealed.
  9. Enjoy!
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1 Delishhh February 24, 2011 at 9:31 pm

This jam looks amazing. Huge jam fan but i am new to canning. I have to add this to my list. But what caught my eye were all those strips of vanilla. Here one strip is $10, is it the same for you? I am always wondering where i can get it whole sale. Looking all your vanilla strips that is $20 per jar for me. So if you know where i can get some good deals let me know.

2 Barbara Bakes February 25, 2011 at 5:19 am

What a fabulous description. I can see why you couldn’t wait to make it. It looks amazing!

3 April February 25, 2011 at 5:24 am

This jam look delicious!! Bookmarking to make soon!

4 Tracy February 25, 2011 at 8:13 am

This jam looks incredible. I’ve made strawberry jam with vanilla bean before but I am definitely going to have to try this!!

5 norma February 25, 2011 at 11:45 am

I just printed this post and I am doing it soon. I have so much vanilla beans at home and I can just imagine this with Manchego cheese instead of using Quince.

Have a great weekend.

6 5 Star Foodie February 25, 2011 at 12:10 pm

This jam sounds amazing with pear & vanilla, yum!

7 Renee (Kudos Kitchen) February 26, 2011 at 4:38 am

Love the color on this jam! It’s so pretty and your photos are wonderful! I’m not usually a big jam lover but this one sounds like something I’d like.

8 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme February 26, 2011 at 7:37 am

I can’t wait to try this! I’m a long-time jam maker, too, and the combination of flavors in this jam really excites me. Plus I love that you don’t even have to peel the pears. Delicious!

9 foodwanderings February 26, 2011 at 8:04 am

Haven’t made jams in awhile. Love making them and end up giving them away as gifts. This one looks particularly fantastic.

10 Amanda February 26, 2011 at 9:10 am

Oh two of my favorite flavors! I bet it tastes amazing!

11 Sue February 26, 2011 at 9:27 am

Your vanilla pear jam sounds really good! So nice that it yields 6 jars. You can share, or save for a rainy day.

12 Monica February 26, 2011 at 10:30 am

I love to make jam, I love to can, I love pears, I love vanilla beans. Clearly I will love this recipe. I’m hoping to make it next week. Not only do I look forward to eating it, but it will make an awesome gift, too! Thanks.

13 Feast on the Cheap February 26, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Yum, I love keeping things like this on-hand for “emergency” snacking. Looks wonderful.

14 Barbara @ moderncomfortfood February 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm

I’m sure a newbie canner, Megan, but the intriguing combination of pears and vanilla beans you’ve used here sounds totally wonderful! If only pears grew where I live — sigh — but luckily the orchids that produces vanilla beans do!

15 Elle February 27, 2011 at 7:16 am

I want to make jam and feel the love, too!

16 Angie's Recipes February 27, 2011 at 9:19 am

Made some pear butter early this year…also with vanilla. So I know this is delicious!

17 Faith (An Edible Mosaic) February 27, 2011 at 9:54 am

Lol, I like jam with my cheese and I want to taste the love also! :) I could see myself totally falling for this jam…and making it over and over! It really looks delicious, Megan!

18 Kerstin February 27, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Mmm, this sounds so tasty! I’ve never made jam before – how fun!

19 Michael Toa February 27, 2011 at 2:23 pm

I never had pear jam before but it does sound delicious. Especially with vanilla. It’s like spreadable pear tart tatin. Yum!
Thank you for stopping by my blog and for the comment. Much appreciated.
I hope you visit again sometime. Have a great day. Michael

20 Blond Duck February 28, 2011 at 4:17 am

Have a magical Monday!

21 megan @ whatmegansmaking February 28, 2011 at 5:17 am

I’m not a jam maker, but this recipe makes me wish I was! It sound so so good. I’m going to learn to can this summer so I’m going to save this one for the future :)

22 kat February 28, 2011 at 7:37 am

Yum, I love vanilla in jam, we always add it to our strawberry.

23 Bizzy February 28, 2011 at 10:24 am

I love vanilla and have a heavy hand when I add it to recipes. This jam sounds fantastic with the two major flavors, both winners.

Stops for visiting before.

24 Julie M. February 28, 2011 at 4:23 pm

This jam looks exquisite! I really love the addition of the vanilla beans. I could most certainly eat this by the spoonful!

25 deeba March 1, 2011 at 7:28 am

I’ve just done my 3rd batch of bitter tangerine marmalade this year, and now am ready for this…divine! {Have to say thank you again for those energy bars. I made them once a week at least, using my marmalade, and they disappear faster than I can imagine!} Thank you Megan!

26 Kristen March 1, 2011 at 7:48 am

Oh yes, jam is so lovely with cheese. Vanilla with pear sounds like a great combination. I always find unusual combinations to be the most exciting.

27 Nutmeg Nanny March 4, 2011 at 7:20 pm

This sounds amazing! I love pear and love vanilla :) I also love Food in Jars…did you see she once posted a white peach vanilla sauce…sooo delicious.

28 Rosy September 13, 2011 at 10:56 am

Someone asked about vanilla beans- I like to get mine from You can get 32 for $27! I add them to everything applicable! YUM!

29 Julie October 18, 2011 at 4:52 pm

My local health food store sells the Vanilla beans in bulk for $0.49 ea

30 Megan October 19, 2011 at 3:01 pm

WOW! I wish ours did. I might have to check out the other health food stores. Great tip!

31 ruth gladwell July 15, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Hi, this sounds truly amazing, and I cant wait to try making it, however, here in the uk the liquid pectin comes in a 250ml bottle, so what would the equivalent be for the one you use?

32 Marcy September 24, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Just made a batch of this jam. Simply amazing! The flavor is delicate and powerful at the same time. I left it a bit chunkier than your picture shows. Can’t wait to give as gifts this holiday season.

Thanks for sharing!

33 Mary Ann October 7, 2012 at 3:14 pm

This is an absolute lovely combination.
I added the seeds only, from a third vanilla bean.
Pears were free so the little splurge was ok.
My jars are sitting on the counter cooling.
This will make a great addition to my Christmas Gift Baskets.

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