How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes)

Crock Pot Cranberry Apple Butter from theviewfromgreatisland.com

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ fruit butters are the ultimate summer treat ~ they turn a late season glut into the silkiest, most intensely flavored spread imaginable, and help stock the larder for so many cozy fall and winter recipes to come.

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What is fruit butter?

Fruit butter is fresh fruit that has been cooked thoroughly, then pureed, and cooked a little further to reduce it to a smooth spread. Often it is put through a mesh strainer to refine it further. Fruit butter differs from most jams and jellies not only because the texture is much smoother, but because there is no pectin added, the thickening comes from slowly cooking off the moisture in the fruit. A true fruit butter has a unique silky mouth feel and intense fruit flavor. Fruit butters are perfect for cooks who don’t have much experience with jam or jelly making because it’s almost foolproof. Just cook, puree, and cook some more 🙂

Intensifying flavor by reducing, or cooking down, is a time honored culinary tradition and is the secret to so many great recipes. Fruit butter illustrates this technique in its purest form.

Of all the fruit preserves, fruit butter is my favorite. Luckily, it can be made with nearly any kind of fruit ~ everything from mangoes and persimmons to figs and  cranberries. Here are some of the best fruit butter recipes to get you started…

 


 

SLOW COOKER APPLE BUTTER ~ Dessert for Two

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ apple butter

 


 

APRICOT LAVENDER BUTTER ~ SPUD.CA

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ lavender butter

 


 

PLUM BUTTER ~ Savory Simple

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ plum butter

 


 

EASY PEACH BUTTER ~ Two Peas & Their Pod

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ peach butter

 


 

VANILLA SPICED PEAR BUTTER ~ Baked in AZ

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ pear butter

 


 

CRANBERRY APPLE BUTTER ~ The View From Great Island

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ Sugar Cranberry Apple Butter ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

 


 

BLUEBERRY BUTTER ~ bbc.com

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ BLUEBERRY BUTTER

 


 

CROCK POT PUMPKIN BUTTER ~ The View from Great Island

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ Pumpkin Butter made in the slow cooker

 


 

MONKEY BUTTER ~ 12 Tomatoes

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ MONKEY BUTTER

 


 

RHUBARB BUTTER ~ The View From Great Island

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ How to make Rhubarb Butter

 


 

PASSIONFRUIT BUTTER~ Belly Rumbles

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ Passionfruit butter

 


STRAWBERRY HONEY BUTTER ~ The Butter Half

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ strawberry butter

 


 

BOURBON BANANA BUTTER ~ The View From Great Island

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ Luscious Banana Butter

 

What to do with your fruit butters ~

If you need a little inspiration for using up your delicious fruit butters, try these ideas.

 

 

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    Linda Davis
    March 14, 2022 at 2:40 pm

    my first try this year to make fruit butters. Can not wait to start on them.

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    Tina Crawford
    February 5, 2022 at 10:30 am

    This past year I made apple butter for the first time! Loved it!! Thanks for these!! I’ll be adding them to my list of things to make this year!!!!

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    Kyla P
    July 24, 2021 at 9:44 am

    Would the process for making blackberry butter be similar to the blueberry? How do I accommodate for the seeds? Thanks!

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      July 24, 2021 at 3:42 pm

      Yes, it would be similar, and you can always strain out the seeds.

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    Candy Knutson
    July 15, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    My Aunt used to make grape butter with home grown Oregan grapes. It was delicious and a beautiful pink color.

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      Sue Moran
      July 16, 2021 at 4:49 am

      Very interesting, that’s one fruit I wouldn’t have thought of…I’m going to try it!

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    Diana Squibb
    July 13, 2020 at 9:48 am

    Can frozen fruit be used instead of fresh fruit in these recipes? Thanks.

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 13, 2020 at 11:33 am

      Yes, that will work fine.

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    OReilly Peel
    October 25, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Hi i was wondering if i could use a fruit butter in any home made body creams..and if yes which fruit would be ideal..thanks

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 25, 2019 at 8:19 pm

      I’m so sorry that I can’t weigh in here I don’t have enough experience, maybe a reader will chime in.

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