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When you think of fruits and vegetables to pickle, pears may not be at the top — or even the bottom — of the list. But hear us out. Pickled pears are simple to make and, because of how uncommon they are, make for a fun surprise on any cheese plattersandwich, or salad. They’re a fall treat that will steal the spotlight from all those other seasonal fruits.

And they’re easy to make. Just place thinly sliced pears in a glass jar and cover with a homemade brine of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Rather than using plain ol’ distilled white vinegar, this brine’s liquid base is apple cider vinegar, which gives the pears a delicious tang with just a hint of sweetness.

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If you find yourself hosting an impromptu gathering, you can add pickled pears to several quick appetizers. Layer them on a sliced baguette and top with candied walnuts. They also melt exquisitely into a grilled cheese sandwich (we recommend using cheddar) and take a salad from boring to amazing in seconds. Yes, seconds — we timed ourselves.

Pickled Pears

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Ingredients:

  • 4 Harry & David pears (peeled, cored, and sliced 1/4 inch thick)
  • 1 ¼ cups apple cider vinegar
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pickling spice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon allspice

Instructions: 

  • Divide the sliced pears among two 8-ounce canning jars. Set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, bring the vinegar, sugar, pickling spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice to a boil on medium-high heat.
  • Turn the heat to low and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Remove the cinnamon stick and discard.
  • Carefully divide the vinegar mixture between the two jars.
  • Place the lid on the jars and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Notes:

Pickled pears will last in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Course: Appetizer
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  1. I have yet to try pickled pears. I have seen a few articles online with recipes on how to pickle different types of fruit – pineapple, berries, mango, but this is the first one I’ve seen on pears, so kudos! This looks like a great recipe – I don’t usually eat pears a lot at home, but I loved pickled foods, so this seems like it could be right down my alley!

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