As I was out grocery shopping today, I came across a deal offering strawberries for $1 a pound. Rayelle LOVES strawberries so I grabbed a couple cartons. They looked fine to me at the time. But by time I got home they were soft and squishy. But they smelt delicious!
I decided we couldn't eat them in their squishy state, so I did some web surfing to see what I could make. That's when I came across a simple jam recipe. I especially liked it because I didn't have to add any sugar to it. I was shocked at how much sugar goes into regular homemade jam recipes.
What you'll need:
2 cups strawberries
1 cup cold water
1 box strawberry gelatin, sugar free
In a large saucepan mash the strawberries. Add the cold water and gelatin and mix until blended.
Heat on medium heat until it comes to a boil, stirring constantly. Turn heat to low and simmer 2 minutes.
Pour into jars and allow to cool. Cover and store in refrigerator.
can be stored in fridge for 1 week. Frozen for several weeks.
Rayelle wanted to "help mommy". She was a pretty good stirrer too since it had to be stirred constantly. It freed me up to do other things.
It took about 3 hours for it to cool completely in the jars. After 2 hours in the fridge it was still pretty runny. So I guess we'll see how it turns out in the morning. I'm excited to taste it!
I didn't have any sugar free gelatin, so I used the regular kind. And during this process I read somewhere that the sugar used in original jam recipes pulls out the juices from the strawberries. So maybe I shouldn't have used so much water since I was using regular gelatin. Trial and error I guess. Tomorrow will reveal our results.
I checked the jam the next morning and it had firmed up. And the taste result definitely passed the test. I am pleased to say that I will be making this again! :)