Persimmon Rum Butter

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Preserving Method: Freezing

1. Slice the top off each persimmon, removing the calyx. Use a metal spoon to scoop out flesh from   each fruit, then cut flesh into small pieces.  
2. Combine persimmons, rum, water and lime juice in a Crock-Pot® on high heat. Bring to a boil and cook for 50 minutes or until persimmons are very soft. 
3. Process persimmon mixture using an immersion blender, or in batches in the bowl of a food processor, until puree is smooth. 
4. Combine persimmon mixture with both sugars in the Crock-Pot®, turn heat to high and place lid on a diagonal over Crock-Pot®  allowing steam to escape at both ends. Simmer on high, stirring every 30 minutes or so, until puree thickens, darkens in color, and holds it’s shape on a spoon; about 4-5 hours.
5. Wash jars and lids in warm soapy water and set aside with bands. Keep jars warm. 
6. Ladle persimmon butter into a warm jar leaving a 1/4 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe jar rim. Center lid on jar and apply band, adjust to fingertip tight. Let jars cool completely before freezing.