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I spent the midnight hour a few nights ago working magic with some pears.  

Butternut Squash and Pear Preserves
Pear Cinnamon Jam

Enjoy!

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Tags: canning, food, jam, local, organic, preserves, preserving, winter

Comment by Cornelia on January 31, 2012 at 10:59am

Wow!  I never thought of making preserves with butternut squash - genius and YUM! Thanks for sharing, Jay!

Comment by Caroline Malcolm on February 1, 2012 at 5:26pm

Sounds wonderful! Nice going, Jay!

Comment by Yvonne on February 2, 2012 at 10:29am

Sounds yummy.

Bet Butternut Squash would make a good spicy, hot indian-style chuntney too.  Maybe I should give it a try....thanks for the inspiration.

Comment by Caroline Malcolm on February 2, 2012 at 12:06pm

Yvonne, what spices would you use for the chutney?

Comment by Yvonne on February 2, 2012 at 12:42pm

Caroline, here is a quick easy version of a mixed veg pickle by one of my favourite indian cooks, Madhur Jaffrey. 

My guess is that the sames spice mix would work with the velvety texture of butternut squash, along with onions, parsnip root, rutabaga and maybe even carrot to create a lovely chutney; though I like "hot" so would maybe even add an additional sprinkle of dried red chilli flakes to get a hot, sweet pickle.  The rutabaga might need a little longer to cook than the other ingredients?  Def worth experimenting.  I think I would even consider adding some cardamon or clove and tamarind paste as well.  

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/instantpunjabistylep_90220

Comment by Caroline Malcolm on February 2, 2012 at 3:00pm

Awesome! Thanks - this is a must-try. It sounds fantastic.

Comment by Yvonne on February 2, 2012 at 3:12pm

You're most welcome Caroline - I feel spurred to try some new things too and have printed Nigella Lawson's recipe for Chilli Jam and the BBC's Good Food recipe for Red Onion Marmalade.  Thanks again to Jay for sparking the interest today : )

Comment by Caroline Malcolm on February 2, 2012 at 3:15pm

Another onion marmalade recipe from a fellow HOMEGROWNer! 

Comment by Yvonne on February 2, 2012 at 3:18pm

Thank you!! Gosh I shall be busy ....

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