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Spiced Apple-Pear Butter

Spiced apple pear butter is a way to capture flavor of seasonal fruits to save for a future date. Preserving allows you to capture a feeling–preserving foods grants you the freedom of taking the memory of picking apples in an orchard and saving that happiness for another day.

pear-apple butter crock pot

 If you are lucky enough to live by a farm or orchard that offers fruit picking, take advantage of it! I grew up in Pennsylvania near berry picking in the summer and apple picking in the fall. Here in Colorado there are a few farms that are within an hour’s drive that I have yet to visit but it is on my list of things to do.

If you don’t have an orchard near by you can still hold on to late summer and early fall seasons by shopping at Whole Foods Market for fresh ingredients to preserve. Whole Foods brings the orchard’s goodness right to you! Many locations offer local fruits and vegetables with information cards next to the items showing the distance in miles between the farm and the store. You might be surprised to learn where the food you are eating is grown. What a neat reminder to support our local farmers!

Preserving doesn’t have to involve complicated equipment. This recipe for spiced apple-pear butter is from the Whole Foods Market website but with a twist–I took a short cut by using a slow cooker. Simply use the list of ingredients in the Whole Foods recipe and cook on low for 6-8 hours in your crock pot.

A crock pot is an excellent way to make fruit butters; the long, slow cooking time lets the fruit break-down while the flavor deepens. Don’t stop at apples and pears– you can make peach butter, mango butter or pumpkin butter too.

Cooking times on crock pots vary so keep an eye on the color and texture of your fruit butter, checking frequently and stirring every two hours.

(I know, I know, you are not supposed to remove the lid from a crock pot while it is cooking as you lose a lot of the heat that has built up inside but I find that with fruit butters it helps to stir the mixture so the bottom layer doesn’t burn).

Yield: 4 cups

Spiced Apple-Pear Butter

Spiced pear apple butter in mason jar with twine ribbon

Spiced apple pear butter is a way to capture flavor of seasonal fruits to save for another time.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds mixed apples such as Fuji, Gala and Honeycrisp, peeled and cored
  • 1 pound Bartlett pears, peeled and cored
  • 1/2 cup apple juice or cider, or water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons grade A dark amber maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Prepare fruit
  2. Add all ingredients to the slow cooker
  3. Cook on low for 3 hours
  4. Mash or puree if desired.
  5. Store in mason jars in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

2 tablespoons

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 53Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 2gSugar: 10gProtein: 0g

This data is provided by Nutritionix and is an estimate only.

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Please note that I participate in the Whole Foods Ambassador Program. The food for this post was provided to me at no charge and all opinions are my own.

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Abbe @ This is How I Cook

Thursday 24th of September 2015

Well, I think I better buy a slow cooker just so I can make this. It sounds wonderful, Holly. I went once with Zoe to a gorgeous app!e and pumpkin farm near Philly. They know how to do it out there!

Holly F

Tuesday 6th of October 2015

Oh I wonder if you went to the same pumpkin farm that I have gone to nearly every year-- Linvilla Orchards. I just visited there recently when were home for my brother's wedding. Pumpkins will be in all their glory right now and in other seasons we love the apples there, the rhubarb pies, and the berry picking.

Karen Harris

Thursday 24th of September 2015

I love picking my own fruit so much that we have planted cherry and apple trees in our yard. Even though we paid for larger trees it will still be a few years until we will have enough fruit to do anything with. Your apple pear butter looks wonderful. It will no doubt be a great treat this winter.

Holly F

Thursday 24th of September 2015

Oh I am jealous of your fruit trees! I hope they produce fruit quickly and for many years to come! We had plenty of fruit trees in the more exotic places we've lived but it doesn't dawn on me that they could also flourish here in Colorado. I will have to see if we can squeeze some in our tiny yard.