Recipe by Patricia Canerdy
"Whenever you have a bumper crop of zucchini squash, make a batch of this mock strawberry jam. Tastes like the real thing! Your family and friends will never know the difference unless you tell them."
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peeled and shredded zucchini
2 (3 ounce) packages
strawberry flavored Jell-O®
This is a soft serve jam, since it does not use pectin. It tasted pretty good, except it was a little on the sweet side. Cool thing is, since it does not need pectin, you can scale down the sugar a bit if needed. I might do 3 to 4 c. of sugar rather than 5 next time. It's a good recipe, it's a keeper for sure.
My jam came out way too thick. It wouldn't spread at all. I think only 1 3-oz package of jello was needed. After it set, I boiled it down again, added 3/4 cup water, more lemon juice, 1 cup sugar and 4 more cups of shredded zucchini. I put this into jars and it was a better consistency.
We decided to try this.....and I have to say it was a success. My sister-in-law called me today and told me it was the best "strawberry" jam she has ever tasted.....I didn't tell her it was zucchini. I did peel, seed and puree the zucchini and added about 1/2 box of pectin - just to make sure it would set up. Thanks for the great recipe. I will make it again.
It is unbelievable the tast this Jam has.. BETTER than store bought thats for sure... I have made this recipie 5 times, and it NEVER fails.. Super easy!! Awesome!!!! Thanks for sharing :)
Yah! Another delicious way to use excess zucchini from my garden. I followed the advice of a former reviewer and added a 1/2 box of sure-jell and pureed the cooked mixture a bit before pouring it into the jars to seal. I also added 1 T. of butter when I added the Jell-O and lemon juice to reduce the amount of foam. Can't wait to try other flavors...deliciously sweet! Will definitely make this again for my family and for gifts!
I read through the reviews before I attempted this recipe. I appreciate those who went before me and provided their tips so I knew what to do before I made it. I cut this recipe in half BUT I cut the sugar back twice so for a half recipe, I only used about a cup of sugar. After I'd cooked the zucchini with the sugar and it'd boiled, I cooled it a bit and then stuck the mixture in my blender and really blended it down to a thin almost soupy consistancy. I then added it back to the saucepan, re-warmed it, then stirred in the lemon juice and gelatin. After all is said and done, I think this was a fun recipe to make with on hand ingredients to make a quick freezer jam, but for us, it really wasn't a home run. There's nothing wrong with the recipe, it just wasn't for us.
This is really good. I made this with only four cups of sugar and it is still very sweet. Next time, I'll make with three cups. I did not blend the zucchini/Jello mixture after boiling and there are obvious pieces of zucchini in the jam. Next time I will blend the mixture.
Surprisingly delicious and tasty. :-) What a nice surprise and twist to a new jam recipe. My only slight gripe is the color. Due to the strawberry gelatin... the jam turns out to be a candy apple bright colored red and not exactly the color strawberry jam is naturally. I might next time add a drop of red food coloring in an attempt to slightly deepen the color a bit.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Mock Strawberry Jam
Serving Size: 1/96 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 96
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: < 1
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