After my can­ning frenzy this sum­mer I took a break, but now I’m back in the swing of it with a fall line up of fruit but­ters in tow. First up, pump­kin butter.

Sadly, the USDA does not rec­om­mend home can­ning of pump­kin but­ter. This is because pump­kin is low in acid­ity and has unpre­dictable water con­tent, nei­ther of which was opti­mal when can­ning. I did can my but­ter, to ster­il­ize and seal it, but am keep­ing it in the fridge.

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I started with four medium sugar pie pump­kins. Halved and seeded, I placed them cut-side down on a bak­ing sheet lined with parch­ment and baked them at 350 for a lit­tle over an hour.

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After roast­ing them in the oven the flesh shrank, mak­ing the skin easy to peel.

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So col­or­ful and juicy look­ing! Once peeled, I chopped the flesh into chunks and put it in my pot. I chose to cook it down a lit­tle more before just puree­ing it, because some spots were harder than oth­ers. In went 2 cups of dark brown sugar, 3 tbsp of molasses, the juice of one lemon, 2 tbsp of pump­kin pie spice and one tbsp of cinnamon.

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Once all of the flesh was uni­formly soft, I pureed the batch in my Vita-Mix then poured it back in the pot and adjusted sweetness/spices to taste. My goal was to get pump­kin pie fill­ing fla­vor, but because the spices will really bloom as the but­ter sits, I didn’t want to go over­board and end up with spread­able potpourri.

Once the but­ter was ready, I lad­dled it into jars and processed it in the hot water bath for 10 min­utes. This made 4 pints of pump­kin butter.

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It’s so deli­cious– spiced, creamy and rich. I love the taste of fall.

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9 Responses to pump up the jam

  1. Courtney says:

    Wow…that looks and sounds fab­u­lous! You put me to shame…I was con­sid­er­ing mak­ing pump­kin but­ter out of canned pumpkin…shameful, I know…

    Court­ney

  2. Josiane says:

    I’ve never had pump­kin but­ter, but you really make me want to give it a try one of these days — yours sounds (and looks!) delicious!

  3. Andrea says:

    I’ve never had pump­kin but­ter either but it looks and sounds delicious.

  4. I need to try pump­kin but­ter. I think my life would be more complete.

  5. Sandy says:

    It is sooo good Kris!! Thank you for shar­ing! I am blessed to know you. I love the slight spici­ness of it. yummm

  6. mollyjwalter says:

    This looks damn tasty!

    • Kris says:

      Is that a joke… because my first cook­book was the Damn Tasty Guide to Vegan Bak­ing. lol

      I’ll bring you some next week, for sure!

  7. Kiersten says:

    That sounds really good. I have never had pump­kin but­ter before. I have picked it up in the gro­cery store a few times, but they always had honey in them. Maybe I should try mak­ing my own this year!

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