Spiced Apple Pear Freezer Butter
(Makes 5 8-oz. jars)
4 cups chopped cored peeled apples
4 cups chopped cored peeled pears
¼ cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
1 pouch (1.59 oz.) freezer jam pectin
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground cloves (optional)
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground allspice
½ cup lightly packed brown sugar
In a medium saucepan, combine apples, pears, and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat, cover and boil gently until fruit is softened, about 5 minutes. Using a potato masker, crush fruit. Measure 4 cups.
In a medium bowl, combine granulated sugar, pectin, cinnamon, cloves (is using), nutmeg and allspice, stirring until well blended. Add brown sugar and cooked fruit. Stir for 3 minutes.
Ladle jam into plastic or glass freezer jars, leaving ½ inch headspace. Apply lids tightly. Let jam stand at room temperature until thickened, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately, if desired. For longer storage, refrigerate for up to 3 weeks or freeze for up to 1 year.
(Source: Jarden Corporation)