Apricot Honey Butter
The flavor with the ginger is really nice and then the sweetness of the sage honey I used fit together to make the perfect spread.
- 2 cups dried apricots, roughly chopped and measured after chopping (~2 lbs)
- 2 tablespoons lemon zest
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup bottled lemon juice
- 1/4 cup crystallized ginger roughly chopped
- 2/3 cups sage honey
Prepare 3 half pint jars, lids, and rings. Sterilize the jars and keep them in the hot water till its time for processing.
Combine the dried apricots, lemon zest, crystallized ginger, water, and lemon juice in a dutch oven. Bring to a boil over high heat, cover and reduce heat. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 to 35 minutes until the apricots are tender.
Transfer the apricot mixture to a food processor and process until smooth. Return the mixture to the dutch oven, add the honey, and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
Filling the jars:
On a dishtowel place your hot jars in a semi circle leaving room for your pot that has your butter recipe.
Using your funnel in each jar ladle the mixture into the jars leaving 1/4” headspace. Remove air bubbles and refill to the proper headspace if necessary.
Taking a clean papertowel wet it with warm water and wipe the rims of the jars removing any food particles that would interfere with a good seal.
Using your magic wand to extract the lids from the hot water and place them on the now cleaned rims. Add your rings to the tops of each of the jars and turn to seal just "finger tight".
Make sure your rack is on the bottom of the canner and place the jars in the water bath making sure that the water covers each of the jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add hot water to the canner if it doesn't measure up.
Cover the pot and turn up the heat under the canner and wait for the water to start boiling. Once the water has come to a boil start your timer for 10 minutes.
When complete turn off the heat and remove the cover and let the jars sit for another few minutes.
Remove the jars and place them back on the dishtowel in a place that they will sit overnight to cool. Do not touch or move them till the next morning.