Butter Me Up

When I was grocery shopping over the weekend, I hit the Fruit Butter jackpot.

First is Fig Butter.  I snapped up two jars.  My TJ’s had been out of it for the past few months even though a friend in NorCal told me her TJ’s had it in stock.  Fig growing season is shorter here in San Diego than it is in Nor Cal and fig butter is apparently harder to come by here.  How’s that for uber-regional distribution.

And I always have mango butter on hand so picked up another jar of that.

And I picked up another jar of Pumpkin Butter.  Gotta get it before it’s gone for the season.

The only butter I didn’t pick up was the honey apple butter.  I’ve had it in the past but like mango butter, it’s always available at my TJ’s, so there was no pressure to hoard.

Now that I’ve got more fruit butters in my cupboards than should be legal, I better make something with them.

I don’t have to make anything “special” with them, of though.  Dipping my spoon into the jar is perfectly acceptable.  I mean, doesn’t everyone eat nut butter, jelly, jam, and fruit butter spreads straight out of the jar?  Ahem.

I am going to make a Caramel Maple Pumpkin Pie Smoothie with some pumpkin butter drizzled on top

That, or some Caramel Pumpkin Whip Dip with pumpkin butter either on top or in the mixture

And for the fig butter I’d like to try to incorporate it into something like No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cake Bites

And somehow I’d like to work Mango Butter into No Bake Mango & White Chocolate Cookie Dough Bites

I could have a field day with my butters.  I better hurry up and make something before they get used in a more boring way like on bread and crackers, as fruit dips, or the spoon-in-jar technique.  Nothing wrong with that, though.

The winner of the $100 Visa Giftcard & Pedometer Giveaway is:

Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope October 21, 2011 at 3:30 am

Best. Giveaway. Ever. :)

1. Bundle up and take a walk outside! The leaves are beautiful here right now, and I’m taking full advantage of the not-so-freezing-cold weather while it lasts. 2. Enjoy the seasonal produce! I’ve been loving all the apples (ok, maybe just honeycrisp… it’s an obsession ;) ), perfect sweet potatoes, and pears right now.

Congrats, Heather!

Questions:

1. Are you a jelly/jam, fruit preserves or fruit spread fan?

I am not really sure why they are called  fruit “butter” rather than jelly.  I surmise because they are not “clear” like jellies are.

In my book, fruit, pectin, and some sugar is jelly.  And if left chunky, it’s jam or preserves.

And yes, I am a fan of all of the above.

2. Have you ever tried fruit butters?  What kind? 

For those of you without access to a TJ’s, you can order these types of things online.  Google away.

I know Whole Foods has fig butter (I think it’s their 365 line) and I’m sure plenty other varieties, but I try to stay out of that store as much as possible.  Those aisles and rows of unique condiments from nut butters to fruit butters to exotic spices to new-to-me chips and crackers and dried fruit and energy bars and the list goes on so I just keep out.

3. Best thing you ate or did over the weekend?

I hope you had a good one.

I baked.  A lot.  BakeStravaganza indeed.

Hope your week is off to a good start!

P.S. I have a favor to ask.  Please vote here for my No Bake PB Biscoff Cookie Dough Bites in the Delta Biscoff Bakeoff.  You can vote once per day for the next week. Thank you!  If I win, I could win a culinary dream trip to NYC, Napa or LA.  It just takes a second to click and vote.  Thank you so much!

39 comments on “Butter Me Up”

  1. I’m feeling jealous because your Trader Joe’s looks a lot more fun than mine! They had pumpkin butter and fig butter, but not mango of honey apple. I’m now hoping it will get stocked with the fruit butter bonanza soon. Glad you are still able to sneak some pics ;).

  2. Always so jealous of the TJ’s butters around the ‘sphere! Texas may finally be getting a Trader Joe’s sometime next year, but it will be in Dallas if the rumors are true. You can bet I’ll be driving 4 hours with a cooler every now and again to restock on TJ’s products!!! ;)

  3. Averie,
    I have to say that you inspired me to buy the Pumpkin butter at TJ’s this weekend! I hadn’t had it for a while and after seeing your post, when I found myself in TJ’s (buying food for a quick breakfast while watching my sister run a marathon in a town with extremely limited restaurant options) – I immediately went for the Pumpkin butter. I enjoyed it wrapped in Brown Rice Tortillas with Sunflower Seed butter and 1/2 of chopped banana. It was a perfect on-the-go breakfast! Thanks for the post!

  4. I have never tried anything labeled a “fruit butter”, but it sure sounds good. I actually haven’t had jelly, jam, preserves or anything of the sort in a really long time. I find that it gives me a bit of a sugar rush. I guess I need to balance it out better instead of just diving face first into the stuff… ;)

  5. I’m glad I’m not the only one that loses control with the fruit butters at Trader Joe’s!! :D

    I’m going to head over to see if we have the Honey Apple Butter here in MN; I know we don’t get the fig or mango…*sob*. But that reminds me that I have a jar of their Cranberry butter that I’ve been hoarding since last Thanksgiving. Need to figure out something to do with that stat!

  6. I do love jam/jelly/butters and actually reading this made me realize I’d love to have a nice piece of toast with some butter and jelly on it. But I never do that anymore.

    Also, why do they call it butter? It really makes no sense to me at all.

  7. Love all the butters and inspiration here, thanks!

    1. Yes, lately I like using them in sweet and savory dishes like stir fries.
    2. Yes, apple, pumpkin (fruit?), etc.
    3. Adopted a new dog who’s keeping me on my toes this week with hubby out-of-town. :-)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.