Pumpkin Butter is one of my favorite things to enjoy during fall of the year. Not only is it the perfect way to garnish practically any baked good, but it also makes a great gift for family or friends. It is easy to make, cooks perfectly in a slow cooker, and your home will smell amazing while it’s cooking. If this sounds appetizing to you, then pull out your slow cooker, some canning jars, and a few simple ingredients to make this delicious recipe.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Slow Cooker
- Glass Canning Jars
- 1 can pumpkin puree
- 1 tbsp. honey
- ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup apple cider (no sugar added)
- 2 tsps. ground cinnamon
- ¾ tsp. ground nutmeg
- ¾ tsp. ground ginger
- ½ tsp. ground cloves
- 2 tsps. fresh squeezed lemon juice
- ¼ yard decorative fabric to add a little flair to canning jars
- Scissors (to cut the fabric)
Place all ingredients, except lemon juice in slow cooker, stir well, and cook for about 6 hours. Stir mixture occasionally (about every hour or two) to prevent scorching, sticking, or burning. After six hours, remove pumpkin butter from slow cooker, add lemon juice and allow time for it to cool. When it is cooled, place pumpkin butter in glass jars and store in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
Makes Approximately 3 cups
To add a little extra flair to your jars, cut fabric into circles a little larger than canning lid and place on top of metal lid before you place ring onto the canning jar. This will dress up your pumpkin butter and make it a perfect gift.
**Please note that home canning is not recommended for pumpkin**
Check here for details: National Center for Home Food Preservation