My college buddy, D, was in-town this past weekend and we yakked and gabbed and laughed endlessly (About what? I couldn't tell you!). And, well, I just never got around to taking a photo of our dinner! Deal with it!
Okay, tonight's recipe *does* get a photo!
So Good-Friend P has an Apricot Tree which was producing fruit - in OVER abundance! She dropped-off a rather "ample" bag on Friday - but I was too side-tracked to act on it right away. Consequently, many of the fruits ended up in the compost bin (::::GASP!:::). But I did manage to save a few... And I supplemented with other fresh, local 'cots. And I had ALSO picked up a couple-three baskets of fresh, local strawberries!
Now that D is gone, I am faced with ALL THIS FRUIT and zero energy to do any hard-core canning. So I did the next best thing: I made a batch of Low-Sugar Freezer Jam! Annnnnd... Since it turned-out so yummy, I figured I'd better post the recipe before I forget!!!
QT's Low-Sugar Apricot-Strawberry Freezer Jam
Yield: 3 x 16 oz freezer jars (do the math for half-pint conversion!)
- 3 cups chopped fresh apricots (remove pits, but leave the skins on) (quantity will vary depending on the size of your 'cots)
- 3 cups chopped/squished fresh strawberries (appx 2-3 small baskets)
- 3 TBS bottled lemon juice
- 2 TBS granulated sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 cups Splenda
- 10 TBS "Instant" Freezer Pectin (I used Ball brand)
- Chop up your apricots into little (1/4-1/2" chunks) - drizzle with 1 TBS lemon juice + 1 TBS sugar. Set aside.
- Core and slice your strawberries - sprinkle 1 TBS sugar on top and let 'em start sweating
- Partially squish your strawberries with a potato masher (you want to keep *some* recognizable chunks)
- Dump the apricots into the strawberry bowl. Add remaining 2 TBS lemon juice and mix thoroughly
- In a separate bowl, combine your dry ingredients: Splenda, sugar and pectin
- Dump the dry ingredients into the fruit bowl and mix thoroughly
- Spoon into freezer jars and toss 'em in the freezer.
Easy Peasey! Appx 15 minutes worth of effort, and I've got plenty of scrump-dilly-icious freezer jam! Just the right mix of sweet and tart! Yummmm!!!