It’s that time of year again to stock your pantry with fruit! One of the staples in our house is home canned pineapple sweetened with honey! Yes! you can ditch the sugar and use honey instead! Come into the kitchen with me and let me show you how to can honey sweetened pineapple.
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What You Need:
Water Bath Canner: You will need a water bath canner, or large stock pot with a lid. You can even use your pressure canner as a water bath canner. You must have a canning rack like this or this for the jars to sit on. The jars cannot come into direct contact with the bottom of the pan.
Pint canning jars and lids: I use wide mouth jars and lids for the convenience. The jars are easy to clean and get food in and out. Read my post on Where to Buy Canning Lids to find out my favorite brand!
Honey: I absolutely love the honey from Azure Standard. I buy it in bulk in 12 pound jars. One day I will have my own bees, but until then I will be buying from Azure.
Pineapple: You can buy pineapple at the regular grocery store. I usually buy mine at Aldi. Pineapple is in season from March- July. This is when the pineapple will be the sweetest and juiciest!
Let’s Can Pineapple!
Before you start. Clean your canning jars with soapy water. Now is the time to check for any chips or cracks in the jars.
Fill your water bath canner halfway full, put it on the stove burner and turn on the heat to medium high.
For this recipe today I am using 5 pineapples which will fill 10 pint jars depending on the size you cut your pineapples.
Cut the pineapple into the size that you desire. You can cut it into rings, large diced, small diced, it is your preference. If you do not know how to peel and cut up a pineapple Watch this video.
Place the pieces of pineapple into the clean pint jars. set aside.
Make a Simple Syrup
We are going to make a simple syrup to pour over the pineapple chunks. You may be wondering why do I need to do this? Can I just use water? pineapple is already so sweet! Unfortunately, canning the pineapple in water dilutes the sweetness of the pineapple and they no longer are sweet, but become bland and unpleasant.
Usually, simple syrup is made with processed sugar, but today I am going to teach you a delicious alternative using honey instead! You will not miss the sugar, I promise!
In a medium size saucepan, pour in 8 cups of water and 2 cups of honey. Stir to combine and bring the syrup to a low boil.
Once the syrup is boiling, use a ladle to pour the syrup over the pineapple leaving a 1/2 inch headspace. Debubble your jars by sticking your debubbler into the jar. You will notice bubbles pop up at the top of the jar. Adjust your headspace.
Wipe the rims of your jars to make sure you get a good seal. Place the lids and rings on the jars.
Put the jars into the canner. The water should cover the jars by 1-2 inches. Place the lid on the canner. Bring the water to a rolling boil. Start the timer and process pint jars for 15 minutes and quart jars for 20 minutes. If you live in a higher altitude you may need to adjust the time. For more information check out the National Center for Home Food Preservation website.
After the timer is finished. Turn off the heat, take off the lid. Wait about five minutes for the water to stop boiling. Using jar lifters, to lift the jars out of the canner and set the jars onto a towel on the counter.
Allow the jars to cool completely. Check for a proper seal. The lid will be sunken in and when you press on the lid it will not move. You can also hold the jar by the lid with the ring off and if the lid holds it is sealed. Take the rings off, clean the outside of your jars, and label them.
Store in a cool dark place and use within a year. Enjoy!
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Home Canned Honey Sweetened Pineapple
- 5 whole pineapples
- 2 cups honey
- 8 cups water
- Cut up all five pineapples into the desired shape. You can do slices, diced, chunks. Whatever you desire.
- Wash 10 pint canning jars.
- Fill the jars with the cut pineapple.
- Place a saucepan on the stove and turn the burner onto medium high. Add 8 cups of water and 2 cups of honey and bring it to a slight boil.
- Use a ladle to pour the liquid into each pint jar. Fill to the 1/2 inch headspace.
- Debubble the jars and adjust the headspace levels.
- Wipe off the rims of the jars, put on a lid, and screw on the ring, finger tight.
- Place the jars of pineapple into the canner. Make sure the water covers the jars by 1-2 inches.
- Put the lid on your canner and bring the water to a full boil. Once at a boil start your timer. Process pints for 15 minutes and 20 minutes for quarts.
- After the timer is complete, turn off the heat and take off the lid to the canner. Careful of the steam that will come out.
- Keep the jars in the canner until the water stops boiling, about 5 minutes.
- With your jar grabbers, take out the jars and place them on a towel on the counter. Let them sit undisturbed until completely cool.
- Check for a complete seal, remove the rings, wipe down the jars and label them.
- Store in a cool dark place and use them within a year.