Saturday, September 19, 2009
Making cushaw or pumpkin butter
Finished the pumpkin or should I say cushaw butter today. It tastes like pumpkin when the sugar and spices are added to it and cooked down. I peeled 2 big cushaws yesterday and cut them onto cubes. Cooked them in batches for about 30 minutes in a pressure cooker then used a stick blender to puree them. Added sugar to taste and cinnamon with some fresh ground nutmeg and put all in the crock pot set to low for about 10 hours. This morning it was nice and thick with a good dark color. While the butter was bubbling hot I ladled it into hot pint jars and put lids on. Should be water bathed for 20 minutes, but if you know me, I dont water bath this type stuff. I ended up with 9 pints and 5 half pints.This might make some tasty Christmas gifts for a few good friends. I still have about 6 cushaws left so maybe I will get inspired to make another batch.
We had gotten the lumber to build the shelves in the root cellar so we got started on that. Got all the uprights in place and tomorrow we can put in the supports for the shelves themselves. Then I can get them painted and ready to use. Then comes the big task of moving all the canned stuff out there. But that's another day. Till next time, blessings from the McGuire homestead.