Friday, February 22, 2013

Freezer Jam My Way (opt for Baby)


Original recipe from me.  :)

Fruit is a natural sweetener, so why does jam need to be so full of sugar?  We have found that we love using fruit purees in place of syrup on pancakes, as sweetener in oatmeal, cream of wheat, and yogurt, and otherwise replacing jam and sugar.  It also works great when added to smoothies!  Because it has less sugar and no preservatives it doesn't store for too long in the fridge.  So we keep it in the freezer in serving-sized chunks for quick access.  Our favorites are strawberry, raspberry, peach, and pineapple.  We also love locally picked mulberries, blackberries, and blueberries.

Ingredients:
  • fresh or canned fruit (one type or a mixture--no sugar added is a plus)
  • sugar, to taste
Directions:
  1. Peal and chop fruit as necessary.  Place in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.  Taste and add sugar if desired.  Freeze in individual servings using an ice cube tray, or as a whole in tupperware, ziplock bags, or like we do in old sour cream containers.  I won't judge you.  Just make sure you label.  :)  
  2. Thaw for use or keep frozen for smoothies.  

For Baby:

Stage 1: 6 months (depending on fruit choice-make sure to check the chart!) 
  1. Serve only unsweetened fruit purees to baby, preferably made from fresh fruit.  Serve it plain or as a mix, or older babies can use it as dip for bread/toast.

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