Citrus Cantaloupe Butter

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + simmering Process: 10 min.


5 half-pints

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
This sweet, chunky cantaloupe butter gets its warm spice flavor from the cinnamon. Orange sections and lime juice give it a citrusy twist. —Mary Leverette, Columbia, South Carolina
Citrus Cantaloupe Butter Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 medium cantaloupes, peeled, seeded and cubed
  • 2 cups orange sections, pith and seeds removed
  • 5 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup bottled lime juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • 1 tablespoon grated lime zest


  1. Process cantaloupe and orange sections in batches in a blender until pureed. Transfer to a Dutch oven.
  2. Add sugar, lime juice, cinnamon and zest. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until mixture is reduced to 5 cups and reaches a thick, spreadable consistency, about 2 hours, stirring frequently. Discard cinnamon sticks.
  3. Carefully ladle hot mixture into 5 hot half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot mixture. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight.
  4. Submerge jars in a canner with simmering water, ensuring that they are completely covered. Bring to a boil; process for 10 minutes. Remove jars and cool.
Canning Altitude Jam-Jelly
The processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. Add 1 minute to the processing time for each 1,000 feet of additional altitude.

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons: 112 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 5mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.