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Pumpkin Butter

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Pumpkin Butter

Ingredients:
1 pound pie pumpkin, peeled and cubed or 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin (not pie mix)
1/2 cup water
1/2 to 1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves

Directions:
Place pumpkin and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer until the pumpkin has broken down. Strain through a strainer or food mill. If using canned pumpkin, omit this step and pick up below. Combine pumpkin puree with sugar and spices, and choose one of the following cooking methods.
Slow Cooker: Place sweetened pulp in a slow cooker with lid partially off to let steam escape. Set at low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 6-12 hours or overnight, or until thick enough so the butter doesn’t run off a spoon when turned upside down.
Microwave: Place sweetened pulp in a microwave-safe bowl and cook for 20 minutes at a time, stirring frequently until thick enough so the butter doesn’t run off a spoon when turned upside down.
Stovetop: Place sweetened pulp in a medium saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, for 1-2 hours or until thick enough so the butter doesn’t run off a spoon when turned upside down.

Oven: Heat oven to 250°. Place sweetened pulp in a heatproof casserole dish or roaster. Bake, stirring only occasionally, for 1-3 hours or until thick enough so the butter doesn’t run off a spoon when turned upside down.

5 comments

1 Jaime McLeod { 06.24.13 at 9:58 am }

Tammy, Yes, it can.

2 Tammy Castro { 06.22.13 at 12:49 pm }

can the pumpkin butter be canned in jars the same as apple butter??? or whats the shelf live in refrigerator? thank you :)

3 Jaime McLeod { 10.15.12 at 9:16 am }

It will keep for a few weeks in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Or it can be canned. It will keep for up to a year if you use pressure canning or a hot water bath.

4 D. Hartman { 10.14.12 at 10:12 am }

That is a good question, can it be canned?

5 Kerry Betts { 10.12.12 at 8:32 pm }

What is the best way to store the pumpkin butter after it is made? What is the estimated shelf life?

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