Slow Cooker Pumpkin Butter
October 16, 2013
Crock pot meals, gift ideas, Gluten/Milk Free, Made from Scratch favorites, Side Dishes, Vegetarian
6-8 c fresh pumpkin, gutted, peeled, cubed
1/2 c honey
1/4 c molasses
4 tsp lemon juice
1/3 c maple syrup
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp cinnamon, ground
3/4 tsp nutmeg
1. Add honey, molasses, lemon juice, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg to slow cooker. Stir together until combined. Add in pumpkin and stir until pumpkin is well coated.
2. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until pumpkin is tender.
3. With a slotted spoon, remove pumpkin from slow cooker and add into a food processor or blender. Pulse three to four times, or until pumpkin is broken down. Ladle in the liquid from the slow cooker 1/2 c at a time. Each time that you add liquid, puree the mixture until smooth and well incorporated. Continue ladling in liquid until it reaches the desired consistency (I add about 1 to 1.5 c of liquid). *The consistency should be a little thicker than applesauce. Keep in mind that it will thicken some as it cools in the refrigerator. After it cools, you should be able to turn your spoon/knife upside down without the “butter” sliding off. If you add too much liquid, you can always strain some of it out.
4. Spoon pumpkin butter into mason jars. Store sealed jars in the refrigerator for about a week. Freeze any pumpkin butter you are not going to use right away.
Yields three 8 oz. jars