There are still quite a few things that I’m leery of making up completely on my own in the kitchen. The biggest thing is canned goods, hands down.
Even after canning now for 5 or 6 years, I know my experience is still incredibly limited compared to people who have been doing it their entire life. Plus, I’d really like to not a) get sick or b) possibly die from a bad batch of something because I didn’t do the right proportions or cook it long enough.
Once you’ve made a bunch of batches of jam or jelly, it’s easy enough to swap in different mixes of fruit as long as you keep the basic measurements the same so you get the right consistency. Same thing with tomato sauces or straight up canned sliced fruits or something like green beans.
But anytime I’m canning something for the first time, I always go for a tried and true recipe. Maybe I’ll add in extra flavor with a different spice or mix of herbs, but I don’t change anything else. I love seeing all these jars in my basement, and I want them to stay good until we’re ready to use them!
This year was the first time I’ve ever made a fruit butter. I’ve made lots of jams and jellies over the years, but fruit butter is a new one.
Our friends have a pear tree in their yard, and after getting a whopping 12 pounds from them a few weeks ago, I knew I had to make this pear butter. The same friend, Jen, had made this pear cardamom butter a few years back and luckily, we got a jar. I actually don’t like pears – at all – but this pear butter? It’s one of the best things I’ve ever had. And to make it even better, this butter smells incredible while it’s cooking.
I did add a little vanilla bean paste to the butter once it was done cooking – and I seriously can’t wait to crack open a jar. I just have to decide when to do it….I love having them to use, but I always hate when we use them up. I’m pretty sure these jars will NOT be making it into family Christmas baskets this year – I’m going to be hoarding these for me and Nick.
If you do make this, I just have one major suggestion: make some cream biscuits. then slather on some salted butter and this pear butter. You won’t be sorry.
Do you have a favorite fruit butter recipe? I already have apple butter and pumpkin butter on my to-make list this fall/winter – any recipe suggestions would be great!