Sunday, February 26, 2012


Yes, even busy cooks can make homemade jam to give as gifts or to enjoy with family and friends.

1 large zucchini
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1 can (20-oz) crushed pineapple
6 cups sugar
1 pkg (3-oz) cherry gelatin

Peel and shred the zucchini.  In a 2-quart saucepan, bring the zucchini and lemon juice to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes.  Stir in the pineapple and the sugar.  Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved.  Cook for 5 minutes; remove from the heat.  Stir in the gelatin until dissolved.

Ladle the hot jam mixture into hot sterilized pint or half-pint jars; leave a half inch of space at the top.  Seal with hot two piece lids.  Process in a boiling water bath for 5 minutes.

Yield: 2 pints or 4 half pints

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