Easy Pear-Apple Jam

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Recipe by Delilah’s Farm for The FruitGuys

1 each pear and apple; peeled, cored and cut into 3/4-inch chunks (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2–1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger (see Cook’s note)


  • Mix all ingredients together in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high, about 3 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until fruit is very soft and thickening, about 13–15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat, mash fruit with a potato masher or fork, or puree with a hand blender for a smoother texture.
  • Return to heat and cook to jam consistency, about 5–7 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • To test, place a small plate in the freezer.
  •  Put 1 teaspoon of jam on the plate and return to the freezer for 30 seconds. If it doesn’t run, it’s done.
  • Place in a glass jar or bowl and allow to come to room temperature before refrigerating.
  • Jam will keep for 1–2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Makes about 3/4 cup. Prep time, 10 minutes; cook time, 30 minutes.

Cook’s note: Recipe may be doubled, tripled, etc. Ginger is optional but is recommended to give this jam some “zing.”

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