Pear Ketchup

This is a staple in our house. It is from Sue Dengate’s Fed Up book. We use it instead of tomato or bbq sauce. I have adapted it to make it quickly and easily in the Thermomix.

1 large tin (825g) of pears in syrup
110g brown sugar
1 ½ teasp citric acid
1 teasp salt

Add pears and syrup into bowl and chopon speed 4 for 2 sec. Cook at Varoma temperature speed stir for 15 mins . Leave MC (measuring cup) off to allow steam to escape to help it reduce. Placing the basket on top will help stop any splatter.

Add remaining ingredients. Cook on 100˚C for 20 mins speed 1 with the MC off.

Place cup measure back on and blend on speed 6 for 30 sec or until smooth. Store in an airtight sauce container in the fridge.
The longer you cook the ketchup, the thicker it will become. 

Variation: Add one carrot (moderate salicylate) before adding  the pears and chop carrot on speed 5 for 2 sec. Then carry on with recipe adding pears. Just watch with the carrot added that it doesn’t reduce too quickly and put the mc back on if necessary. 


  1. Hi
    Thanks a million for the thermomix recipe for this classic that I’ve been making the traditional way for a long time now. I really appreciate your generosity of sharing your recipes with everyone. My sister lives in Canberra and has a friend, Helen, who I think you may know. She introduced me to your blog Anyway. Thanks a lot. As a failsafe family I really appreciate your recipe ideas.
    Best regards

  2. Hi there

    Been making is sauce for about 3 years now, and having got my thermie yesterday was wondering how to make the sauce in there!
    Thank you…. So glad found your page!

    My only question, being a thermie newbie, is “varoma temperature speed stir”…… Is this the 1st speed on the dial? The little spoon picture? I know how to use the varoma temp etc…..

    Thanks again!

  3. Erin Gosling says

    Hi I am making this for the first time, I am wondering what is the best way to store it and how long does it last

    • Hi Erin, I purchased sauce bottles from the supermarket to store the sauce in and keep it in the fridge. It will last for 2-3 weeks in the fridge. It doesn’t last that long in our house, I am making it weekly. 🙂
      Huge apologies for the late reply, I have just discovered a heap of comments in the spam folder 🙁

  4. Hi,

    I am interested in the Pear Ketchup recipe but I don’t have an Thermomix :(. What changes do I need to make for the old fashioned way?

  5. I made your pear BBQ sauce the other day and loved it. Going to try this one too but my question is, can you can it for shelf storage and make in a larger batch? I’m curious about the BBQ sauce also. And if so, do you need a water bath canner or would a steam canner work?

    • Hi Kate, I am sorry I can’t help you there. I have not tried canning nor looked into it before. I would be interested in your findings if you do try it out.

  6. Thanks for the recipe! I stumbled upon it after I’d accidentally emptied the pears and sugar into my thermi bowl then realised the recipe was on the stove top lol! I find it quite sweet, but I’m sure the kids will love it.

  7. Carrie Partington says

    Hi there,
    do you think you could add rice malt syrup instead of sugar for those who are sugar intolerant?

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