Wednesday, September 23, 2009

MOCK STRAWBERRY JAM and A QUILT BLOCK

Mock Strawberry Jam...aka ...Zucchini Jam. Has anyone ever heard of this? My husband's grandmother used to make it. I hadn't thought about it in years, until our garden produced a lot of Zucchini...we planted 2 plants, what were we thinking? So I searched on line and found the recipe. You can add any flavor of jello and you really can't tell it isn't the real fruit. I can tell you because I have eaten it! You should try it! Here is the recipe for any brave soul. Cody's grandmother made Orange, I had never tasted Orange Jam or Marmalade before that, but she did make Strawberry too.

Mock Strawberry Jam
5 cups peeled and shredded zucchini, pack tight in measuring cup
5 cups white sugar
3 TBS. lemon juice
2-3oz. pks. strawberry jello or any other flavor
Directions:
1. Stir the zucchini and sugar together in a large pot over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture begins to boil, about 10 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice and gelatin, and continue simmering 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
2. Ladle the hot jam into 6 hot sterilized half-pints canning jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe the rim and jar threads with a clean, damp cloth. Center lid on jar and screw the ring down firmly. Place into a boiling water canner with 2 inches of water. Process for 10 minutes. Remove from the canner, and allow to cool to room temperature, and refrigerate any jars that do not seal. (recipe from http://www.allrecipes.com/)

Now for something sewing related. This is one block for one of the quilts for my new book, due out in April. I will show you more as I go. Just thought you might like to know I do still sew!