Sugar free Strawberry Jam--not Jo's recipe (I got it in a packet of stuff from Equal, I think. . .)
1 c. diet lemon-lime soda (I used Sprite-can be flat)
1- 3.3 pkg. sugar free strawberry jello
1 1/4 c. mashed fresh or unsweetened frozen strawberries
1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
In a pan, bring soda to a boil. Remove from heat, and stir in strawberry jello, stirring until dissolved. Stir in strawberries and lemon juice. Pour into small containers--makes about 2 scant cups. Cover and refrigerate for use up to 3 wks. DO NOT FREEZE!
Serving size: 1 T. Carbohydrate: 1 g
Calories: 4 Protein: trace
Sodium: 9 mg Fat: trace
Notes: I modified this just a little--addedabout 1/2 c. extra berries in an attempt to get a softer set. It sets up just a little more solid than I'd like. Maybe next time, I will cut back 1/2 tsp. on the lemon juice also.
But the even neater thing I have found to do with this recipe is substituting different fruits that are coming around. It only takes a little, so no matter that they might be pretty high-priced when they're out-of-season
We can still get a really good taste! In the past, I have used about 2 1/2 nectarines with lemon jello to make it. I liked them better than peaches--seemed peaches were too bland. And I loved it made with a couple of those big black plums. . .
When I used fruit with skins, I just sliced them with skins on, and then cross-cut the slices so that I had rather thin bits with the skin on. As the soda is heating, I put fruit in to simmer for about 2-3 min. until they are softened just a bit; the skins just almost disappear, and they are too small to be any trouble. Then, as fruit is softened slightly,remove from heat, and stir in lemon jello and lemon juice. Pour into containers, cover and refrig. until cooled and thickened. Color of plum or nectarine is
gorgeous, and the taste "ain't too shabby," either. And at
only 4 cal.= 1 Tbsp. it is a free food! I have added a tbsp. to some vanilla yogurt for a "sundae". Sometimes it's just the right little sweet to save me from a bigger no-no! Hoping you might like to try it. . .Pauline
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From: Jenna Email: mailto:
Date: Wednesday, May 02, 2001 (3:26:43 AM AZ)
This sounds wonderful! Will give it a try real soon. Thanks.
Subject: Re: Neat Fruit Spread
From: Pauline Email: mailto:
Date: Wednesday, May 02, 2001 (6:43:48 AM AZ)
Oh dear--it scrunched together my nutrition numbers--should
Serving size--1 Tbsp.