Sunday, July 5, 2009
The strawberries are absolutely brilliant this year. Deep shades of red and so flavorful and juicy, and there is an abundant supply at the markets.
This is not a new recipe, nor is it my own creation, but worthy of bringing to your attention. It is simple to make and so versatile in use as well.
To begin, you will need 2 quarts of nicely ripe strawberries, washed and hulled. I then used my food processor to smooch them into a slightly chunky pulp. You can also use a potato masher to do this job.
In a large bowl, mix 1 1/2 cups zero calorie Splenda (granulated) with 1 package of Fruit Pectin. Mix these dry ingredients together well.
Add 4 cups of of the smashed strawberries to the Splenda mixture and stir well. It is important that you then stir this mixture for an additional 3 minutes.
Ladle into freezer containers and let stand for 30 minutes while the jam thickens. This may be stored in the freezer for up to 1 year or in the refrigerator for a month.
The jam is delicious on toast, whole wheat pancakes, sugar free pudding. The taste is that of fresh strawberries, not like jar jams. You may want to try blueberries, raspberries, blackberries of a mixture of several types of berry.
Posted by Jackie at 4:54 PM