I decided this year that I will share with you my canning and preserving recipes as I go along. Today I'm going to be making our very favorite preserves, Peach Cantaloupe Butter. Butter isn't really a "butter" it just means that it is slowly cooked with sugar to get it to the desired thickness, no pectin or thickners(besides sugar) is involved. Here's what you do:
- 4 c. pureed peaches
- 4 c. pureed cantaloupe
- 6 c. sugar(I tried less last year and it didn't work, so enjoy in moderation)
Hot water canner
Large sauce pan
Something to mix and stir(I use the Mix and Chop from Pampered Chef which is my all time favorite Pampered Chef item)
Jelly jars, lids, and rims
Put the chopped/pureed fruits together in the sauce pan and turn on medium heat. Cook down for about 15 minutes. Then turn the heat to low and slowly add the sugar. Cook on low and stir occasionally for 30 minutes or until mixture thickens slightly. Turn off heat and pour into jelly jars leaving some headspace. Put on the lid and rim and process in a hot water canner for 5 minutes. Carefully remove and place on a flat surface(I put down a towel on the counter first) and let them sit until they are cool. Before you put them away make sure all the lids have "popped" down. If one or 2 hasn't just stick them in the fridge, otherwise if all of them haven't you can re-process.
We just love this recipe. The taste is very unique and I love being able to use cantaloupe in it because generally I can get them for cheaper per pound than many fruits. If you try the recipe please let me know what you think!
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