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Spiced Apple & Pear Butter

Spiced Apple and Pear butter is kind of becoming my canning specialty. Fruit butters are great for canning because there’s no messing around with any jelling agents or pressure canning. Just straightforward fruit, sugar, spices, and a water bath canner.

Typically, I cook up a batch of this in the slow cooker over a few days and then can it in 4 or 8 oz jars. This time I canned it in pint jars because that’s what I had handy. The butter can be spread on toast, or used in recipes that call for jam, like these chocolate chip jam bars by my friend Tracy.

Keeping little 4 or 8 oz jars of this around makes for a quick and easy grab as you head out to dinner parties or as something a little extra to throw into a gift bag. I usually put a pretty label and a little satin ribbon on my jars as I move to store them, and then it really is as simple as grabbing them out of the cupboard as I walk out the door to a party.

What’s your favorite thing to can?

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Monday 15th of December 2014

Hello Amber,

I know this is a two-year-old post but I am just now making this for holiday gifts. You're right; my house smells amazing after only 12 hours! Should I be concerned that the batches have too much liquid in them at this point? Typically how long will it take before they start to thicken naturally? I don't mind adding arrowroot at some point but want to be sure it goes through the proper cooking/thickening process first. Thanks and happy holidays!



Friday 14th of October 2011

I want to make a huge batch of this. I just bought a lug of apples. Can this recipe be doubled even Tripled or more?

Aimee G

Thursday 29th of September 2011

Any thoughts on how much water to substitute for apple cider?


Friday 25th of February 2011

I bet this is a fantastic flavor combination. Delicious, Amber!


Friday 25th of February 2011

this looks so lovely! and i love how easy it is to make it in my slow cooker. thanks for sharing this.

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