We made a delicious experiment last week that was so simple that I had to share it with you, a sugar free strawberry jam! It’s slightly softer than a jam, so maybe to call it a fruit spread would be more accurate.
Here’s the proportions we used:
- 3 lb. frozen strawberries (you can use fresh, too)
- 1 can frozen apple juice concentrate
- 1 box powdered pectin (use the pectin intended for low sugar recipes)
Put the strawberries and concentrate in the pot. Cook on low, covered, until the strawberries are soft. Mash the strawberries using a fork while keeping them in the pot. Add the pectin, thoroughly mixing in so that there are no lumps. Cook on medium-high for another few minutes, and then pour into jars. It won’t look as if it’s at all jelled by this point, but don’t worry about it – it will continue to set after it cools. If you cook it until it looks thick, it will be overdone and hard to spread once it cools. (That’s what happened to our first batch.) This recipe yields 7 half pint jars of jam.
If you’re not going to be canning it, you can store it in glass jars or empty peanut butter jars. We canned ours in 1/2 pint jelly jars, processing for five minutes in a boiling water bath. Once it’s canned, you won’t need to keep it in the fridge or freezer.
For one batch, we added blueberries; for another we used a different flavor juice concentrate. All of the batches turned out well. I think if you keep the basic proportions the same (7 c. fruit to one can concentrate), you’ll find you can successfully experiment with different fruits.