Thursday, September 22, 2011

Healthy Strawberry Freezer Jam..two versions (one is sugar free!)

So someone asked me, "What are you doing with all those strawberries you keep getting in September?"..Well, I am eating them and I am making two different versions of jam.  This would make a great Christmas gift idea.  I made on with honey and one with truvia.  If you look at a freezer jam recipe for strawberries, the traditional ones have 6 cups of sugar! Good grief, don't even lick the spoon!! I don't use white sugar, I could have substituted the sucanat sugar, but I wanted to do honey and then one sugar free.  So here are my two versions...and they are GREAT!!

Here is an important starting note..YOU MUST BUY PECTIN FOR LOW-NO SUGAR NEEDED
Got this at walmat..it says for low or no-sugar, if you use regular pectin thses recipes will not gel, it will be runny!

Strawberry Freezer Jam with Honey

4 pints of strawberries
1 cup of apple juice
1/2 cup water
1 package or 3 tablespoons of no-added sugar needed pectin
1 Tbs lemon juice
1 cup honey

1. Clean and stem strawberries. Mash one layer of berries at a time in a large bowl, you may also chop them if you like it chuncky, or blend them in a blender if you like it smooth.
2. In a small saucepan, whisk together apple juice, water , and pectin.  Bring t o a boil for one minute.
3. Add honey and lemon juice to berries and stir well.  Add in hot pectin mixture and stir well again to make sure everything is combined.
4. Ladle into clean jars and screw on lids. Let sit in the refrigerator for a few hours to set up and then transfer to the freezer to store. 

Strawberry Freezer Jam with Truvia..SUGAR FREE

2 pints of fresh strawberries
2Tbs lemon juice
5Tbs of the no-sugar needed pectin
40 packages or a little less than 1 cup of truvia

1.  Prepare your strawberries how you would like them (mashed, chopped,. or blended)and measure out 4 cups.
2. Add pectin and truvia to a bowl and stir together.
3.  Place the strawberries into the bowl with the pectin and truvia and stir for 3 minutes.
4. Ladle jam into clean freezer jars and place in freezer on enjoy now.  When filling the jars, leave about 1/2 inch head space to allow for food expansion during freezing.

Freeze up to a year or refrigerate now for up to 3 weeks on both recipes.

Here are some photos from both I divided this is to a half and half experiment.. I like both versions, but the truvia one is great! No sugar, no guilt!


chopping mine up..a like chuncks

 cook the honey recipe stirring with a wooden spoon
adding lemon juice

adding honey

Here is the truvia one
Ladle in to jars
Yummy finished jam!


2 comments:

  1. Hi! Thanks for the recipes!

    Two questions...

    Did the honey give the jam a different taste?

    Have you ever thought of using agave instead of honey?

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  2. The honey did give it a different flavor, but I liked it. My personal favorite of the two was the one with truvia. I have made a ton of it and LOVE it! I don't use agave because most new research shows that your body recognizes it and process the same as sugar.

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