Harvest Butter

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So, do your kids eat parts of fruits or not want the peel and it seems you end up with these bits and pieces of fruits? It drives me nuts to waste things!

Usually I use our leftover fruits for smoothies and homemade popsickles but with the turn of fall I was craving a change. I had friends and family mentioning that they were making apple and pear butter and the thought occurred to me to use my fruit scrapes as a fruit spread.

I’ve mentioned in my other recipe posts that I’m a bit of a recipe rebel and have a hard time following them exactly so when I’m making something up I don’t measure much, but here’s what I did (roughly).

Cut up the fruit in bite size pieces with no pits or seeds (leave the skins!). Put them in the freezer overnight or longer so I can even use bitten pieces without worry of too much “contamination”, hahaha! Also, I have an ongoing “Fruit Bag” in the freezer so I can collect scrapes over time and then make bigger batches when I have enough scrapes.

Put them in a crock pot with about 3-4 inches of water. Used about a 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon and about 1/8 tsp. ground cloves per 4 cups fruit. Leave to cook in crock pot for about 5 hours on high or 8-9 hours on low.

The first time around I had a mixture of peaches, nectarines, plums apples and about 1/2 pears. The second time around I had more apples and peaches and added more cloves. I preferred the less cloves and more pears and my kids so far have given mixed reviews on both batches. Personally, I love having a fruit spread with no added sugars of any kind and tastes deliciously like fall!

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