Pumpkin Butter Recipe for Slow Cookers

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Pumpkin butter is a wonderful spread, and it’s also a great baking ingredient. Learn about a pumpkin butter recipe for slow cookers with help from a nationally recognized expert and sought after speaker on gluten-free cooking and living in this free video clip.

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Hi, I’m Jules Shepard, and I’m here to show you how to make homemade pumpkin butter. Pumpkin butter is a wonderful spread, and it’s also a great baking ingredient. It’s low in calories, and fat-free, so feel free to put a little extra on. We’re going to get started by starting with the actual pumpkin – this is a pie pumpkin or a sugar pumpkin. You want to get a pumpkin that is about two to three pounds in size. Cut it in half, scoop out the strings and the seeds, quarter it, and put it into your slow cooker. Cook for three to four hours, or until it’s fork-tender. It should look a little like this – it’s soft, and you can stick a fork in it easily and it will flake away from the outside of the rind. You then take a spoon and scoop the cooked meat of the pumpkin away from the rind. Using a food processor or inversion blender, puree the pumpkin. After processing, it will look a lot like this, smooth, and creamy – just like a regular pumpkin puree. After processing, you should wind up with about one pound of pumpkin puree. To that, you want to add one quarter-cup of apple cider, four tablespoons pure maple syrup, one tablespoon ground cinnamon, one quarter-teaspoon ground nutmeg, one teaspoon fresh lemon juice, and a quarter-teaspoon of fine-grain salt. Stir those ingredients in your slow cooker, and return the lid to the slow cooker to continue to cook and let the spices settle in. If your pumpkin butter’s too thin, continue to cook with the lid off. If it’s too thick, feel free to add a little extra apple cider. When you get it to the consistency that you like, let it cool, and put it in jars and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. I’ve just shown you how to make homemade pumpkin butter. Hope you get to try it soon!

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