Cooler, crisp days and oblique light. Autumn is upon us, and with it the first fall fruit that comes to mind. Juicy, sweet pears are delicious and versatile. Here's almost a dozen ways to preserve the bounty of the season.
Naturally soft and succulent pears cook down to a beautifully delicate jam, especially nice with autumnal spices.
Keep it chunky if you like a little more texture -- and pair them with cranberries for added tang.
(Image via Simple Bites) Pear Jelly
Don't throw away the peels and cores from canning whole pears or making jam; make jelly with them instead.
(Image via eunnyjang) Pear Butter
Smooth and dense, pear butter tends to be lower in sugar than jams or jellies, and can be done in your slow cooker or oven.
(Image via Local Kitchen) Pear Chutney
Tangy, spicy and bright, pear chutney wakes up all manner of dishes, from pork tenderloin to fiery curries. Try it for the Thanksgiving table!
(Image via GlutenFreek) Pickled Pears
Tart and tangy, pears take to pickling surprisingly well, particularly with an Asian flair.
(Image via Food in Jars) Pear Chips
Slice 'em thin and dried them until chewy or crisp for an autumnal snack.
(Image via FruitMaven) Pear Liqueur
Impart the delicate sweetness of pears into brandy or other booze, and enjoy as an after-dinner digestif. (Image via
Juice those pears, add some honey and yeast, and wait. In about a month, you'll have perry, or hard pear cider. (Image via