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Fall 2014 Digital Magazine

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Slow Cooker Pear or Apple Butter – Canning What You Grow

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Holly shows how to make and can pear butter in the slow cooker. Same method can be used for making apple butter.

8 pounds whole apples or pears
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cinnamon sticks

Clean, peel, and roughly chop pears.
In batches, puree pears in a food processor or blender, transfer to slow cooker.
Mix in sugar with pear puree.
Add cinnamon sticks.
Turn slow cooker on low and let it sit for 6-24 hours, until desired consistency is reached. You can remove the lid for faster cooking.
Once pear butter is ready prepare jars, rings, lids and a hot water bath canner. Be sure to remove cinnamon sticks.
Once pear butter is almost to a boil fill pint jars leaving ΒΌ inch headspace. Process in half pints or pints for 10 minutes.
Recipe will yield approximately 4 half-pints but can be doubled.