Peach season is my favorite fruit season. And if you are lucky enough to live in an area where peaches are grown (or if you have your own peach trees), you know what it is like to bite into a peach that is perfectly ripe. The flesh yields slightly to the pressure from your hand, the flavor is sweet as the sugars have had a chance to develop, and juices run down your chin starting with that first bite. These peaches make the best pie, cobblers, ice cream, jam, and butter.
Peach Ginger Butter Recipe
- 16 C. peaches, pit removed, cut into large chunks
- 1 oz. fresh ginger, peeled, cut into large chunks
- 1 3/4 C. turbinado sugar
- juice of 1/2 lemon
Place all of the ingredients in blender. (We use our Vitamix). Blend the mixture to a nice puree. For added fiber, we left the skin on our peaches, but you can peel them if you wish.
Pour the puree into a crock pot. If yours has a setting for an eight or ten-hour cook time, select that. Allow the mixture to cook with the lid off so the puree reduces in volume. Periodically stir the mixture.
Depending on your temperature setting, the mixture may be reduced enough in volume within a day. Ours was not. It took our crock pot approximately 14 hours to get the puree to the desired consistency. NOTE: a fruit butter should have a spreadable consistency… not thin or watery and should not readily drop off of spoon when dipped into the mixture.
The best part? The mixture did not stick to the ceramic crock pot compared to cooking down in a standard pan on the stove top. That method constant supervision and near constant stirring to prevent sticking.
We like a thick fruit butter and got five half pints of peach ginger butter.
To preserve the butter to enjoy during the fall and winter months, place into half pint jars and process for the recommended length of time based upon your elevation. The National Center for Home Food Preservation is a great resource for canning information including length of time for processing various fruits and vegetables. Once you remove the jars from the water bath canner, just sit back and wait for the ‘ping’ signalling that the jar has sealed.
This smooth, flavorful butter will be the perfect partner to your morning toast. Imagine opening one of these jars on a chilly winter morning. The condensed peach flavor will remind you of summer days will juice running down your chin. Enjoy!