DIY Pumpkin Butter From Real Pumpkins
For an inexpensive and delicious fall treat, try making your own pumpkin butter from real pumpkins. Oh sure, you can use canned pumpkin…but if you have homegrown pumpkins you can save money and make extras to share.
Pie pumpkins work great for this recipe, but you may use any pumpkin or most any winter squash instead.
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Puree Your Own Pumpkin
You can cook your pumpkins in the slow cooker, boil, or bake…whatever works best for you. Just cut in half, scoop out the seeds, and cook until fork tender. Cool and drain off excess liquid.
Scoop the cooked pumpkin from the skin, mash thoroughly or run through a food processor, blender, or food strainer.
Now your pumpkin puree is ready to use.
Pumpkin Butter Recipe
This pumpkin butter recipe calls for honey instead of sugar, and uses less sweetener than most recipes. For a tasty twist, try this recipe with maple syrup in place of the honey.
- 4 cups pumpkin puree (2 x 16 oz cans)
- 1 cup honey
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in saucepan. Place pan on burner and turn to lowest setting. Cover with a splatter guard in case puree bubbles up from the heat. Cook until thick enough to spread, approximately 1.5 – 2 hours.
You may adjust amount of spice to taste. Ground ginger may also be added for extra flavor.
Cool and refrigerate pumpkin butter and use up within 3 weeks for best results.
How to Preserve Pumpkin Butter
If you have a lot of pumpkins, make a big batch of this delicious pumpkin butter and save some for later.
Pumpkin butter is easy to freeze…just spoon into freezer safe containers, label, and freeze. Freeze in amounts that you will use up in 3 weeks or less.
Although canning seems like a great way to preserve your pumpkin butter and pumpkin puree, it is not recommended. These products have a thick consistency that may not heat through properly during canning, and food safety experts warn against preserving by canning. Instead, freeze pumpkin butter and pumpkin puree.
Ideas for Using Homemade Pumpkin Butter
- Spread on toast, pancakes, waffles, or quick breads
- Spoon over vanilla pudding, ice cream, or custard
- Use in place of jelly on pb & j sandwiches
- Make pumpkin butter and cream cheese sandwiches
- Put a dollop on top of baking powder biscuits, graham crackers, or pie
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