Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Watermelon Strawberry Lemonade

Hey, August 3rd is... 
You're gonna love this...  
Watermelon Strawberry Lemonade
I found this recipe for 🍉 🍓 LEMONADE years ago on the Blogspot, FrostedBakeshop.

The original recipe had twice as much, plus she suggested you do it in two batches. since there's just two of us... I cut it down in half for 4 servings. 

In (and out of) season, to make slushies. Substitute: 4 cups frozen melon chunks, 1/2 cup thawed Strawberry Freezer Jam, and add 2 Tbsp granulated sugar (or Whey Low Granular Sweetener substitute.) 
Then the rest is the same.

Watermelon Strawberry Lemonade
Serves: 4 

4 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
4 large strawberries, halved 
1/4 cup granulated sugar, (to taste) 
Zest of 1 lemon 
1/4 cup lemon juice (to taste)

1 1/3 cups water, CHILLED 
May substitute Sprite® 

1. Add watermelon and strawberries* to the blender. Measure in sugar.

2. Using a Microplane Zester, add the lemon zest into the blender.

3. Squeeze lemons; pour juice and HALF the water into the blender.

4. Puree the fruit until it completely liquefies. 

5. Remove cover to stir in the remaining HALF of the water. 

6. Taste to adjust with either more sugar or lemon juice. 

7. Chill for 1 hour and serve with ice. To serve the Watermelon Strawberry Lemonade in a decanter, strain first.

Option: Increase recipe servings for parties and Sonic Drive-Ins normally sells "Pebble Ice" locally at reasonable prices! 

This (and the recipe) is a great use for over-ripe melons too! Flash freeze the chunks onto plastic wrap until solid for easy removal. Store chunks in freezer bags for up to 12 months.

I Stated Earlier: In (and out of) season, to make slushies. 
Substitute4 cups frozen melon chunks, 1/2 cup thawed Strawberry Freezer Jam, and add 2 Tbsp granulated sugar (or Whey Low Granular Sweetener substitute.) Then the rest is the same.

I'm particularly stoked about using this gadget for my fresh tomatoes this season!

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Enjoy your holiday...


Sharon Anne

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Apricot & Pineapple Jam

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Note: Wash your half-pint or pint jars, lids and rings in soapy, water. Sterilize them, covered 10 minutes, in boiling water.

Apricot 🍑 Pineapple🍍Jam
Yield: 10 cups (or half-pints)
Print Recipe

5 1/2 cups apricots, crushed (4 lbs apricot halves)
1 (20-oz) can crushed pineapple, undrained
3 1/2 cups granulated sugar or Whey Low D Sweetener - 2 lbs
7 Tbsp regular cooked-type ClearJel® (for canning)
OR 4 Tbsp Instant ClearJel® ® (if freezing, see Notes*)
1/4 cup lemon juice, bottled (or 2 lemons)
1 Tbsp corn syrup (aids w/storage, if freezing in bags)

1. In a food processor, pulse to crush apricots. Dump into a large saucepan and add crushed pineapple.

2. In a bowl, completely mix 1 1/2 cups sugar or sweetener and clearjel; add to saucepan. Stir in remaining sugar, lemon juice and corn syrup (if using). 

3. Heat mixture over medium heat, bring to a boil and then boil for 1 minute to thicken.


4. Ladle while hot jam into HOT sterile jars; cover with sterile hot lids and rings. Process with boiling water, 10 minutes (for half pints) and 20 minutes (for pints). Remove; cool, and then check for a tight seal.

5. Label; date and store. Use within 1 year.

Storage: Processed jam stores up 1-yr. 
Freezer Jam stores up to 3 years, whereas only 1 year in freezer bags.

*Notes: Regular cook-type ClearJel® is used for canning processed jam and pie fillings.

Please Note… Do NOT process jam with Instant ClearJel®.it is NOT an acceptable thickener for canned jam. Many websites say it is because it breaks down, that's NOT my experience. Since ICJ thickens both instantly and during cooking, heat is UNABLE to penetrate to the center of the jar! Dangerous spoilage can (AND will) occur during storage.

Use Instant ClearJel for its many other wonderful intended purposes, i.e.: thickening freezer jams and making frozen pies and bake unthawed, later in the season. 

Go to my ClearJel® (Plus) Info page and scroll down, look for my Recipes w/ Instant ClearJel® for several new ideas.


Sharon Anne

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Strawberry Freezer Jam, made w/ Instant ClearJel®

Strawberry Freezer Jam
This gorgeous ruby red jam is definitely a favorite family recipe!

Although I personally didn't come up with the recipe, I've been lovin' and making this recipe for over 3 decades now!

What's great about this SOFT-SERVE JAM; it DOES NOT set up firm like the 
"run of the mill" pectin jams do.

So, besides any obvious uses... 
i.e.: toast, pancakes - waffles - muffins.

  • It's a wonderful TOPPING for ice cream recipes. 
  • It's also great over cake, and delicious as a FILLING between cake layers too. 
  • It makes an amazing base fresh strawberry PIE
  • It's a fabulous base for strawberry BEVERAGES.


1. Rinse, trim and hull centers of 2 lbs of lovely berries! 

2.Crush with a potato masher or food processor or 14-Cup Cuisinart Food Processor, see below.

3. Squeeze in 1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice. Add corn syrup, if using Instant ClearJel and freezing in freezer bags. 

4. First... ALWAYS mix sugar with clearjel completely, before adding to the strawberries (or any wet) ingredients.

Doing so eliminates any clumps, dispersing the thickener evenly!

Taste, to adjust for sweetness!

Serve fresh or freeze for long term freshness.

Strawberry Freezer Jam
Yield: 5 3/4 cups

2 (16-oz containers) fresh strawberries
1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice, fresh squeezed
   2 Tbsp corn syrup (I personally DON'T add any, but aids     w/storage-life)
1 3/4 - 2 cups granulated sugar (depending on how sweet berries are)
   OR 1 3/4 cups Whey Low® sugar substitute
4 Tbsp Instant ClearJel® powder (formulated for freezer jam)


1. Rinse, trim and hull centers of 2 lbs of lovely berries! 

2. Crush ripe berries with a potato masher. Instead, crush a double batch (dozen half-pints) in nothing flat in my 14-cup Cuisinart food processor! Dump; repeat, for an assembly of jam.  

3. Add lemon juice and optional corn syrup (increases freezer-life).

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4. In a small bowl, completely mix sugar and Instant ClearJel powder, before folding that into the berries. 

5. Taste to adjust for sweetness. Allow the jam to sit for 10 minutes, while your jars are sterilizing, the jam will thicken and turn ruby red. Ladle the jam into sterile jars. 

6. Cover; label and date. Freeze for up to 1-year.

Nutritional Analysis: Servings: 92 (1-Tablespoons)

Per Serving (per 1-Tablespoon): 20 Calories; trace Fat (1.4% calories from fat); trace Protein; 5g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; trace Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.

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"Beautiful Old Glory"

Sharon Anne

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