Thursday, July 9, 2009

A Quick Snack and A Quick Jam

I don't really have a name for it but...
It kind of tastes like Cheesecake.

1Before the band, I would eat this on an English muffin or bagel.

1 reduce-fat gram cracker 60 cal
1/2 oz fat-free cream cheese 15 cal
your favorite jam

I make my jam. I do it every year. This year I am starting to experiment more with using Splenda and natural fruit juice instead of regular sugar. Freezer jam is something everyone can do. It is so simple and you don't need any special equipment.

Strawberry Freezer Jam
You will need:

Box of Ball No Cook Freezer Jam Fruit Pectin
4 cups mashed Strawberries (5-6 cups whole)
1 1/2 cup Splenda
Plastic Containers


First, Clean and hull strawberries. Mash them. I use my blender. You don't want to puree them, you want them to have liquid, but still be chunky.
Second, Mix Splenda and Pectin in separate bowl. Mix well.
Third, Add mashed strawberries and stir for 3-5 mins.
Fourth, Ladle mixture into clean jars or plastic containers. Let sit for an hour or so.

Store in Freezer up to a year or Refrigerate for 3 weeks.

If you don't like the after taste of Splenda, you could do a half sugar-half Splenda mixture. Or 1 cup Slenda and 1/2 cup of sugar. Remember, sugar=calories.

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