Light Recipes - Reduced Sugar, Salt

Light Cranberry Pear Dressing

Serve with festive turkey dinner or spice up leftover turkey sandwiches.


  • 4 cups (1000 ml) peeled & chopped pears, about 6 medium
  • 1 pkg (12 oz/340 g) cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 1 cup (250 ml) white wine or water
  • 1- 1/2 cup (375 ml) corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) chili flakes, optional
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) garlic powder
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) salt
  • 1 pkg (49 g) BERARDIN® No Sugar Needed Fruit Pectin


  • Place 5 clean 250 ml mason jars on a rack in a boiling water canner. Cover jars with water and heat to a simmer (180°F/82°C). Set screw bands aside. Keep jars hot until ready to use.

  • Preheating Bernardin® lids is not advised. The sealing compound used for our home canning lids performs better at room temperature than it does pre-heated in simmering water (180°F). Simply wash lids in hot, soapy water, dry, and set aside until needed. Preheating can lead to less vacuum being achieved during water bath canning, and to buckle failures during pressure canning.

  • In a large stainless steel saucepan combine chopped pears, cranberries and white wine or water. Over medium high heat cook the mixture until the cranberries burst; stirring often.

  • Whisk in pectin. Add corn syrup, lemon juice and zest, chili flakes, garlic and salt. Return to a boil; boil hard 3 minutes.

  • Ladle dressing into a hot jar to within 1/4 inch (0.5 cm) of top of jar (headspace). Using nonmetallic utensil, remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if required, by adding more dressing. Wipe jar rim removing any food residue. Centre sealing disc lid on clean jar rim. Screw band down until resistance is met, then increase to fingertip tight. Return filled jar to rack in canner. Repeat for remaining dressing.

  • When canner is filled, ensure that all jars are covered by at least one inch (2.5 cm) of water. Cover canner and bring water to full rolling boil before starting to count processing time. At altitudes up to 1000 ft (305 m), process –boil filled jars – 10 minutes.*

  • When processing time is complete, remove canner lid, wait 5 minutes, then remove jars without tilting and place them upright on a protected work surface. Cool upright, undisturbed 24 hours; DO NOT RETIGHTEN screw bands.

  • After cooling check jar seals. Sealed lids curve downward and do not move when pressed. Remove screw bands; wipe and dry bands and jars. Store screw bands separately or replace loosely on jars, as desired. Label and store jars in a cool, dark place. For best quality, use home canned foods within one year.