Thursday, September 28, 2017

Peach Butter For The September #fijchallenge

Peach Butter
We are now in the ninth month of our year-long food preservation Mastery Challenge hosted by Marisa of the popular canning blog, "Food In Jars". This month we are focusing on fruit butters. A Fruit butter is made from a fruit puree that is cooked low and slow until it is silky and smooth. There is no actual butter but the texture is somewhat creamy and spreads like butter. This extended cooking method evaporates the liquid, thickens the fruit mixture and creates an intense flavor. Fruit butters can be substituted for some of the fat in many baking recipes and is a delightful spread on biscuits, English muffins, scones and toast.

Since I had just picked over 20 pounds of peaches, this became my obvious choice though I think that a batch of apple butter is in my near future. I began by removing the skins which turned out to be a very quick process (see below). Peaches were then cut into small pieces, water was added and the mixture was cooked until soft. The peaches were lightly pureed; sugar, lemon and cinnamon was added and then a good hour or more on the stove top and the delicious butter was ready to be canned.

Peaches On A Tree
This recipe has been slightly adapted from "Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving".


Yield: 4 to 5 1/2 pint jars

Peach Butter

*To remove skins just dip the fruit in boiling water for 30 to 60 seconds. Remove from the water using a slotted spoon and place into a large bowl of cold water and ice. You can now peel the skins they will slide off easily!

INGREDIENTS:


  • 4 ½ pounds cling-free peaches, peeled, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 lemon, zest grated and juiced
  • 4 cups can sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. In a large stainless steel pot, combine prepared peaches and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and cook until peaches are soft about 15 minutes. With an immersion blender lightly puree, (I like to leave peaches a little chunky).
  2. Combine peach puree with sugar, cinnamon, lemon zest and juice; bring to a boil over medium-high heat stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to lowest setting and boil gently; stir frequently while mixture boils and thickens and holds it’s shape on a spoon.
  3. Meanwhile, Prepare a canning pot and 4 to 5 half pint jars with lids and bands; bring to a boil, let simmer at least 10 minutes.
  4. Ladle hot butter into hot jars, leaving at least ¼ inch head space. Wipe rim, seat the lid and tighten the ring. Place them in the canner and keep them covered with at least 1 inch of water and process for 10 minutes. Remove canner lid and remove from heat, let rest for 5 minutes then remove jars and let cool on the counter.
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Cheri Savory Spoon
Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

38 comments:

  1. Freshly picked peaches!! wow...they must be very fresh, juicy and sweet. I love to make fruit butter, but have never made one with peaches.

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    1. Thanks Angie, we really enjoyed the peaches this year they were delicious.

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  2. I'd love to visit your pantry and snitch a jar of this peach butter, it sounds wonderful and would be so lovely on cold winter mornings!

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    1. Thanks Chris, the peach butter and jam turned out the best out of all the fruits I canned this summer. Had a lot of fun and learned alot;)

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  3. I think this could be my new favorite fruit butter! It sounds amazing, Cheri!

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    1. Thanks Liz, I'm making apple butter next......

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    2. Looks so delicious Cheri! I was so much wanting to make peach butter this summer! The photo of that peach is stunning! Hope you are doing well!

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    3. Hi Peggy, so nice to "see" you, yes, I am well. Had a very interesting summer. Home in Arizina now. Hugs!

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  4. This looks great Cheri, I wish I had some peaches . I am thinking of making some strawberry butter in my slow cooker . Marisa has a recipe in her book. Have you made it?

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    1. Thanks Gerlinde, never heard of strawberry butter..... sounds amazing, will have to pick up that book.

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    2. I didn't either until I found the recipe in Marisa's book.

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    3. will definitely check this out. thank Gerlinde!

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  5. The cinnamon sounds like the perfect spice for your fruit butter. So glad to see that you made something so delicious with the fruit you picked.

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    1. Thanks Tandy, I spent 3 days canning all the peaches, learned many new techniques. Take care!

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  6. Wow, Cheri. 20 pounds of peaches. Amazing. Your peach butter sounds fabulous. I can taste it on morning toast already. Thank you so much. And I hope you are very well. D

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    1. Thanks Dena, yes it took me 3 days to can them all, had a great time and the peaches were so delicious this year. Take care xo

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  7. One of my favorite butters! Love these canning recipes Cheri - keep them coming :) Have a terrific weekend.

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    1. Thanks Tricia, it's been a great challenge.

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  8. Can't wait to try this peach butter, Cheri!! Looks and sounds delicious :)

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    1. Thanks Marcelle, this one was my favorite.

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  9. This looks simply amazing, I bet the flavour is so good.

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    1. Thanks Emma, peach is my favorite so far, until I make the apple;)

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  10. This sounds wonderful, Cheri - have had lots of apple and pear butter but never peach! And, believe it or not, we are still getting wonderful peaches in our farmers market!

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    1. Oh you are kidding, hopefully I can get down there soon. The market does not start here in Phoenix until next week, lucky you!

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  11. I did apple butter which we are enjoying for the challenge. I am sure the peach is amazing!

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    1. I bet the apple butter is amazing, that is my next fruit to try, thanks Inger.

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  12. I haven't tried making peach butter.The recipe looks yummy, though! Must try soon :)

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  13. I love fruit butters, and can only imagine how lovely the flavor would be in your peach butter. This would definitely call for homemade bread!

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    1. Thanks Kris, I never really had fruit "butter" before and now I have a little bit on my toast in the mornings, love it!

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  14. I've never made (or tried) peach butter or any kind of butter. Sounds delicious.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thanks Amalia, it's very concentrated in flavor, so good.

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  15. Great project yet again, Cheri. My husband loves peaches and I'd love to try making something like this one day. Hope all is well!

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    1. Thanks Monica, yes, everything is good, quite crazy really. Had alot of fun with this butter.

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  16. so many peaches! i'd have a hay day with 20 pounds, and i think peach butter is a very fine way to use some up. bravo!

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    1. Thanks Grace, it took me days days to can everything, so much fun.

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  17. I never had heard of peach butter but I know I would love it! I can already taste it on a nice, warm biscuit :)

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    1. The peach butter would be wonderful on one of your biscuits for sure. Thanks Susan!

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