Pear Relish Recipe – Sweet & Savory Come Together Beautifully!

by Tammy Taylor~

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I’ve heard that pear relish is delicious but… I dunno. I mean sweet pears coupled with savory onions & bell peppers? And jalapenos? And MUSTARD? Blech! I’ve never been a fan of sweet & savory tastes together. But RancherMan asked me to get the recipe from a friend so I did. The instructions she sent were kind of vague and the recipe seemed to make quite a lot . What if all that food & work were wasted because, well… (see pears vs peppers & onions argument above!) So I made a small batch just to check it out. After sampling the results we found it delicious!  RancherMan has already asked me to make it again, this time a full batch #ifyouplease!

I'm not typically a fan of Sweet & Savory combinations but when you combine pears with onions, peppers and mustard? MAGIC! Check out my Pear Relish Recipe. #TaylorMadeHomestead

Abundant Pear Harvest

A little background: I was recently blessed enough to receive an invitation from a neighbor to harvest from their huge pear tree.  RancherMan & I took a few paper feed bags and loaded up about 75 lbs just from what we could reach from the ground!  There are many things I’m anxious to do with these fresh pears!  In the past I’ve made Pear Preserves (RancherMan’s Fave) and Pears in Vanilla Syrup (my favorite).  I’ve even made a delicious Pear Cake that’s amazingly moist & delicious! But with this many pears I’m able to try new recipes too.

Questioning Pear Relish Ingredients

Fast forward a few days later & a friend was talking about how her family loved pear relish.  I mentioned it to RancherMan who said it sounded interesting & I should make some. Although I was skeptical we’d like it, I asked her to send her recipe.  She emailed it but like I said, the instructions were vague. I tweaked the recipe (as I guess I always do LOL) But I was concerned about the hodge podge of ingredients.  Pears and onions?  and MUSTARD?  I was speaking with a friend at church & I mentioned the pear relish & its odd ingredients and her eyes sparkled.  “Oh I love pear relish” she exclaimed.  I said “Yeah, but is there supposed to be mustard in it??”  She said her pear relish always had mustard included, so I figured I’d move ahead with this recipe.

I had some jalapenos and red & green bell peppers in the garden.  The onions weren’t quite ready so I bought them instead.  I gathered all ingredients together & pulled out my grandmother’s food chopper – this bad boy has been feeding families for decades!  I still feel her presence when I’m using her kitchen tools. (contented smile)

Pear Relish Grandma's Food Chopper - I'm not typically a fan of Sweet & Savory combinations but when you combine pears with onions, peppers and mustard? MAGIC! Check out my Pear Relish Recipe. #TaylorMadeHomestead

So RancherMan & I used our *apple peeler/corer to quickly peel some pears.  Then I quartered and cored them.  I seeded my bell peppers and peeled my onion and we ground it all together into a large stock pot.

Cooking Pear Relish

I stirred in the sugar, vinegar and mustard and put the pot on the stove.  Not knowing how long it needed to simmer I stood there stirring.  (I’d been warned it could stick to the bottom if not stirred frequently.)  I ended up simmering the relish for 20 minutes.  It reduced quite a bit and the liquid became syrupy.

I'm not typically a fan of Sweet & Savory combinations but when you combine pears with onions, peppers and mustard? MAGIC! Check out my Pear Relish Recipe. #TaylorMadeHomestead

We decided to put the relish in 1/2 pint jars.  That way we wouldn’t have to open & use a larger jar.  I had already sanitized four 1/2-pint jars by washing them and placing them in the oven set to 220 degrees.  This step also assures the jars are good & hot to receive the hot ingredients.  You remember in science class what happens when hot substances get poured into cool jars?  Yeah, I didn’t want that to happen!  LOL

The instructions said to just put the lids & rings on the filled jars & turn the jars upside down.  It went on to say to leave them for about 10 minutes and then turn them right-side up again.  That was supposed to seal the jars.  Now I’ve done this before and to be honest I followed those directions this time as well.  But for future batches I’ll water-bath can them for 20 minutes just to be on the safe side.

I'm not typically a fan of Sweet & Savory combinations but when you combine pears with onions, peppers and mustard? MAGIC! Check out my Pear Relish Recipe. #TaylorMadeHomestead

Since there are variables to canning such as altitude and equipment, for your specific circumstances be sure to consult your canner’s manual and also make sure you read and understand the USDA’s recommendations on safe canning and follow their directions closely – food safety is important!

Enjoying Pear Relish In Savory Dishes

After cooking all that deliciousness the house smelled amazing, so maybe there’s something to this pear relish thing after all!  To test the flavor we added a dollop on top of black-eyed peas with our supper and it was delicious. I’ve been told it would work well on hot dogs and I can TOTALLY see that. I’m thinking it would be nice in egg salad too and I make that a lot to use up the eggs our girls provide. I’m thinking it would go nicely anywhere regular pickle relish would go – I’ll be experimenting quite a bit in the very near future… 

I'm not typically a fan of Sweet & Savory combinations but when you combine pears with onions, peppers and mustard? MAGIC! Check out my Pear Relish Recipe. #TaylorMadeHomestead

Here’s the recipe as I made it, but I’ve included the full batch recipe below as well. 

Trust me – go for the full batch!  LOL.

Pear Relish Recipe

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32 thoughts on “Pear Relish Recipe – Sweet & Savory Come Together Beautifully!

  1. Marie

    Omgosh, I love pears but I’ve never thought about putting them in a relish like this. Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us at Merry Monday this week!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      We use it anywhere sweet relish would be used, Jennifer. We especially love it in our egg salad. ~TMH~

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  2. 8N Acres

    Wanted to share that I was able to sample this relish at a recent family gathering and LOVED it!! Even if not a big mustard lover it adds a great finish. We sampled it on crackers but then brought it out for the hamburgers and hot dogs. Thanks for sharing. 8N Acres

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      So happy you stopped by, 8N Acres. And very happy you liked the relish. We were pleasantly surprised as well even with what we considered an odd combination of ingredients that we were in love with this relish as well. ~TMH~

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  3. Danielle McCoy

    We aren’t big relish fans, but this sounds interesting! Thanks for sharing with us at the homestead blog hop! Hope to see you again this week.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Nor are we Danielle, but I need relish for my sandwich spreads such as egg salad & ham salad. This relish is perfect for that! ~TMH~

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  4. Elaine Matthews

    Wow!! I’m like you…I would be skeptical!! But it looks like it turned out well!! And rancherman liked it!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! Pinned!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Skeptical yes – very, Elaine! But yeah I ended up making & canning up a full batch recently. He loves it on black eyed peas as well. ~TMH~

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  5. Katy SkipTheBag

    I’ve never even heard of pear relish, but I am intrigued now! Thanks for posting this on the #WasteLessWednesday blog hop!

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  6. Danielle @DIYDanielle

    This looks great! Ive never tried pear relish but I love the fruit. Thanks for linking up at #SustainableSundays!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      RancherMan & I have been pleasantly surprised Danielle. I made & canned a full batch yesterday! It’s delicious in our egg salad. ~TMH~

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  7. Kim

    I came over from the Homesteader Hop. Pear relish sounds really great! I have all the ingredients to make this right now. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks!

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  8. Tana Mason

    I have never heard of this but it sure does look amazing! I would like to invite you to our party!! https://www.floydfamilyhomestead.com/2016/09/14/the-homesteader-hop-20/

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  9. Carol

    Interesting combination of sweet and savory. I’ve cooked pears, apples, prunes as a winter side – great cold or warm. My initial reaction is similar to yours. Pinned and shared

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Awesome Carol, thanks for the pin. I’ll be whipping up more of this relish in the coming days, RancherMan loves it! ~TMH~

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  10. Katrin

    I think I’d love this relish, because I am a fan of sweet and savoury!! It sounds really different but I’d love to try this and then dip some nachos in it, mmmh, I bet it’s awesome! Thanks for this great recipe! I’ll pin this for sure!

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  11. ColleenB.~Texas

    Sounds weird but going to give it a try. ( I trust your judgment ) Will try anything once. I figure if hubby and myself don’t like it, I have family members who will eat just about anything; even Hot Candied Jalapenos :}. Thanks for the recipe as well as the well written instructions along with your honest opinion on taste. Have an enjoyable weekend

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      1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

        Yessum Colleen, I used regular ole yellow prepared mustard in a jar. I thought it an odd combination and my tongue was scared to sample it. But it was delicious! ~TMH~

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        1. ColleenB.~Texas

          I kinda figured it required the yellow mustard but thought I would ask in case someone was too shy to ask :} Now, all I need is the pears, onions and bell peppers, Oh and of course the mustard :} Vinegar and sugar I always have on hand. I normally buy my sugar in the 25lb bags

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