Thursday, September 1, 2011

Zucchini, Strawberry Jam


I have a few more zucchini recipes to post before I wrap up with zucchini and move on to some other veggie recipes.  Hope you find one or two you can use.


Here is a fun one that I tried this year for the first time.  It is great on the budget, using Zucchini to stretch or replace your strawberries, you only need Zucchini, Strawberry Jello, pectin and a little lemon juice or citric acid  I made two recipes, one with strawberries and one without.  They were both really good.  My favorite was for sure the one with strawberries, it was more than jam, almost like dessert, but the one without strawberries makes a great jam as well, and considering there is very little invested into, it is a great way to give Eddie inexpensive peanut butter and jellies after school everyday... since that is one of the things he loves;  Shhhh don't mention that zucchini is the main ingredient  I will wait till the jam is all gone and then pass on the "by the way".  You can tell we have food issues at this house.   Just as a note, from what I can tell there are 3 different ways to prepare the zucchini for the jam: shredded, pureed or chunked.  I have tried the shredded and chunked so far.  I liked the shredded the better of the two, because it seemed to blend and look like wonderful preserves.  With the chunked, the pieces floated to the top of the jam jar, and looked decidedly suspicious to any child with a question about ingredients.  I think pureed may be a great way to do it, and it is on my list for the next batch.  Also, I wanted to mention that the jams came out slightly soft/loose, but once refrigerated jelled up wonderfully (probably due to the jello).

Update Note:  Water bath canning this recipe is questionable, because the zucchini is a low acid food, and therefore could present a problem when worrying about botulism growth.  I do personally believe that the addition of citric acid, lemon juice and sugar would prevent this problem, but  I am not a scientist and I don't have my degree in Home Economics.  As I have read about the potential problems in this area, I have decided it is easier to  store the jam in the refrigerator or freezer.  I have frozen quite a few things in freezer jars with no problems.  I usually leave a 1 1/2 inches headspace, and freeze initially with the lid off, and then once it has frozen and expanded, I put the lid on.
You can see that it is a pretty jam (sorry about the poor picture) It is nice over rice pudding don't you think?
Note:  Since I first posted this recipe, I have made it several times, and still really like it when I have an abundance of zucchini, and not strawberries.  I have updated a few things, so look for my notes and
if you notice that the picture is different than what you originally pinned, it is because I have updated the picture.. (I've been wanting to do that for some time, and since I made another batch this year, I also took another picture :) ).


Zucchini and Strawberry Jam



Ingredients
8 cups Zucchini peeled,  and pureed or shredded
4 cups sliced strawberries
1/4 cup water
8 cups sugar
3 Tbs lemon juice or 1 tsp citric acid
6 oz package Strawberry Jello

Instructions
Place zucchini, strawberries and water in stock pot bring to boil.  Simmer about twenty minutes until  are tender and then mash together.   Add remaining ingredients.  Bring to a boil.  Boil another 12 minutes.   Makes about 6 pints.  Store in refrigerator or freezer.

Note to Self: Try "Better Bowls" Gelatin next time, it does not contain Red Dye, but uses Beet juice for nice red coloring.

Zucchini Strawberry Jam (No fruit added)


Ingredients
12 cups  Zucchini skinned and pureed, shredded or chunked  
1/4 cup water
8 cups sugar
3 Tablespoons Lemon juice, or 2 teaspoons citric acid 
6 oz Strawberry Jello (or any flavor... I hear apricot is good, haven't tried it yet)
1 package pectin


Instructions

Follow instructions above without the strawberries, adding the pectin with the sugar.  Almost every recipe I looked at used shredded pineapple in their recipe.  I am sure that is a good addition, but I wanted to create a very inexpensive jam using what I had on hand (I did have to buy the jello, and don't usually keep it on hand but you get the picture).  This worked  and tasted great.

Spread a little "Better Butter" and then your Jam for a healthy treat.





Enjoy

4 comments:

Ruby Jean said...

Okay if you haven't already made me want to taste and enjoy all your other Zucchini recipes...This one has Certainly just done that...Honey Buy me a Plain Ticket I'm on my way to Pam's House...: )

Mrs.C said...

Hey there, long time no see! I love learning things like this, never heard of using zucchini in jams, how cool is that? Thanks for sharing! Looks very, berry, yummy!

Keri On said...

Zucchini in jam! Who'd a thunk it? Thanks for sharing this great idea!

Heather said...

Oh that looks very nice!! I need to learn how to make applesauce there is no applesauce here lol!! I am not sure why they don't eat applesauce here I think they would like it hehehe....I use applesauce in all my gluten free recipes like cupcakes and anything baked it changes the consistency and helps to make it less dry as the gluten free stuff has a tendency to be dry and gritty from the rice flour I think. I love strawberry jam I think I am going to need to have something with jam for breakfast now lol!! strawberry is one of my favorites!! Enjoy Love Heather