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Spiced Apple Pear Freezer Butter

Prepared by: Susan Mills-Gray, Nutrition Specialist, University of Missouri Extension
September 3, 2017


Spiced Apple Pear Freezer Butter spread on slices of breadOur Healthy Habits recipe segments will focus this month on the best way to use different Midwest apple varieties. On Sept. 3, Susan Mills-Gray talked about apple varieties that preserve well.


Yield: 5 (8-ounce) jars



  • 4 cups chopped, cored, peeled apples
  • 4 cups chopped, cored, peeled pears
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 (1.59-ounce) pouch freezer jam pectin
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar



  1. In a medium saucepan, combine apples, pears and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat, cover and boil gently until fruit is softened, about 5 minutes. Using a potato masher, crush fruit. Measure 4 cups.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine granulated sugar, pectin, cinnamon, cloves (optional), nutmeg and allspice, stirring until well blended. Add brown sugar and cooked fruit. Stir for 3 minutes.
  3. Ladle jam into plastic or glass freezer jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Apply lids tightly. Let jam stand at room temperature until thickened, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately, if desired. For longer storage, refrigerate for up to 3 weeks or freeze for up to 1 year.



For information on different apple varieties, including the primary use for each, see MU Extension publication G6022 “Apple Cultivars and Their Uses


Recipe source: Jarden Corporation


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