Turning the fully ripened pears into nectar is a delicious way enjoy these flagrant autumn fruits. Basically, a pear nectar is a puree thinned to drinking consistency that is smooth, rich and refreshing. It has a much higher fruit content since it's made from fruit pulp. The most delicious pear nectar starts with fresh pears that are sweet, moist and flavorful.
Preparing homemade juice is infinitely more nutritious than its store replica. It contains more vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and fibers that any of the canned or bottled options found in a grocery store. Beside that, many juices at the supermarket are made from concentrate and have added flavors, preservatives, too much sugar and other synthetic ingredients.
After I've done my research, a few years ago, I decided to stop drinking any of the commercial beverages. I discovered that they are highly addictive, are linked to obesity, kidney damage and elevated blood pressure. I was therefore convinced that they don't have any beneficial contribution to the health of my body. It was a little bit challenging at the beginning especially when I was invited to parties or I was visiting, because everyone was enjoying them and I was the only one drinking water. Now, I developed the habit of only drinking water or homemade juice no matter the circumstances. And I feel energized and healthy.
The pear nectar recipe is very basic and easy. It's ready in 20 minutes and it's absolutely delicious. If you want, you can prepare a larger batch and add it to sterilized canned jars and store it in your pantry, in a cool, dark place, for winter.
Yield: 1 l (1 quart) Time: 20 minutes
- 6 fully ripped pears, peeled and cored
- 2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 5 cups water
- desired sweetener such as powdered sugar, honey, maple syrup
- Chop the pears coarsely. Transfer them in a heavy bottom saucepan and cover them with water.
- Simmer the pears, on medium-low heat, for 15 minutes, until tender.
- Working in batches, puree the pears with the liquid in which they were boiled.
- Press the pear puree thru a fine sieve with a wooden spoon, to remove any pieces of core or skin.
- If needed, thin the puree with water until a drinkable consistency is reached.
- Taste and adjust the sweetness. If the nectar is too tart, add powdered sugar or alternative sweeteners.
- Serve immediately.
Tips and Tricks:
- Store the nectar in a sealed jar or bottle in the refrigerator until ready to use.
- You can use pear nectar in desserts as well.