Chilly & Gray In The Napa Valley

Chilly & Gray In The Napa Valley

We’re trying to keep warm this morning, and the valley is providing excellent views while we work!

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Bartlett Pear Butter, Apple Butter’s Best Friend

A sweet and sinless cousin to our delicately spiced Apple Butter is the Pear Butter we happen to be jarring this month!

There’s no doubt in our minds, when you taste this unctuous alternative, your mind will go reeling with the number of ways you can apply it to every dish in your repertoire. A treat for the senses, our pear butter is sweet, smooth and expertly spiced.

As long as there have been pear trees, people have been making pear butter. We all know the fruit doesn’t keep very well, in its natural state. We also know pear trees are notorious for giving up pounds upon pounds upon pounds of fruit! A blessing from the earth indeed! Since pear trees can give fruit for as few as fifty or as many as one hundred years, owners have always been fraught with fruit! Cool factoid: Hurley Farms pear trees have been around for about fifty years! Pear butter is an excellent way to solve the excess fruit problem.

After some light research, I’ve come across some interesting tidbits about the pear’s skin. Apparently, that thin and gritty covering packs a powerful punch of fiber (1/3 your daily recommended intake!) and phytonutrients. (Phytonutrients contain cancer busting antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties!!!) When I think of all the icky ways to get more fiber in my diet (A certain orange powder comes to mind) I cringe a little. Now I know just a couple of pears a day can get me almost there, and that makes me super happy! Pears are so delicious! I put them in a salad, with gorgonzola cheese, walnuts and peppery greens, or on my turkey and cranberry sandwich! The possibilities are endless!

Now, if you’ve read this far (and I applaud you if you have) take this one piece of advice on pears:

EAT THE SKIN!

Winter Garden Sprouts

Winter Garden Sprouts

Just a sample of the seedlings we have planted for this year’s winter garden.

Everything from Swiss Chard through Broccoli Rabe. We have your winter greens needs taken care of!

Apple Butter: Vegans, Lactose Intolerant Persons and Fruit Enthusiasts Keep Reading!

Although the term “butter” is used, there is no actual dairy product included in the apple butter! Exciting news, right?
If you’re thinking “What is apple butter? Why have I never had it, or seen it at my local grocery chain?” there is a reason for it. Although apple butter has been made for centuries, it tends to stay close to the local areas it is produced. Families would take turns stirring the concentrated apple sauce to ensure the apples would caramelize but not burn. This is the reason apple butter is so dark in color.
Our apple butter starts with hand peeled and cored apples, some sugar and lemon juice. We add cinnamon to combat a palate fatiguing too sweet butter.

Then we wait. We stir. We wait some more. We stir some more. We get a glass of water and a snack…then we wait even more! The caramelizing must happen slowly, so as not to burn. If the sugar burns, it turns bitter and bitter sugar is bad!

If you were looking for some new applications for your apple butter, you’ve come to the right place. Our favorite ways to use apple butter may surprise you! The first way, is to brush it over pork tenderloin as it is cooking. The apple and pork flavor combination is a classic one. Secondly, use it instead of mayonnaise on your turkey, cheddar and veg sandwich. Not only will you be adding a massive amount of flavor, but you’ll save on calories and fat as well!

If you’re interested in purchasing apple butter, you may do so in person at the farm or on our website!

Thank you for reading today!