Surprise Ingredient in Raspberry Jam

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Raspberry Jam

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One day while having dinner at my mom and dad’s house she passed me the home made jam to spread on my hot home made biscuits. It was so good. As children my sister and I often picked fresh raspberries along the road and brought them home for Mom to make preserves. This brought back memories. Mom sure can cook.

I noticed a silly little smirk on Mom’s face and a twinkle in her eyes, when she asked “What kind of jam do you think you’re eating?” When she told me I was eating green tomatoes, I didn’t believe her until she showed me the recipe. Green tomatoes have both a tart and sweet flavor, and the cooking brings out more of the sweetness. The seeds are tiny and will put you in the mind of raspberry seeds. See if you can tell the difference.

And I just can’t say enough good things about tomatoes. Read BC Doan’s articles about organic food: How to Switch to Organic Foods and How to Understand Organic Food Labels

When buying food, organic should be your first choice. Tomatoes contain lycopene and according to George Mataljan of the Worlds Healthiest Food Organization “Organic ketchup delivers three times as much of the cancer-fighting carotenoid, lycopene, as non-organic brands”. So it stands to reason the organically grown tomatoe would too. The anti-oxidant property of tomatoes helps to protect cells and other body structures from oxygen related damage. Lycopene also plays an important role in guarding our body against cancer and heart disease. Tomatoes are an excellent source of fiber, so they help to keep our cholesterol lower, plus they are beneficial in neutralizing many other free radicals.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups unpeeled ground green tomatoes (save juice & pulp)
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 (6 0z) pkg. raspberry gelatin
  • freezer jars
  • blender
  • medium sized pan

Method

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Process chopped or sliced green  tomatoes in the blender until you have 4 cups worth.

Nutrition found in tomatoes Dump tomatoes from the  blender into a medium sized pan. Mix tomatoes with sugar. Bring to a boil, boiling for 20 minutes.

Allow mixture to come to a rolling boil. After boiling for 5 minutes, reduce heat and allow to boil slowly stirring ever 5 minutes only enough to blend.

Remove from heat. Stir in gelatin until dissolved. Pour into freezer jars. Cool and freeze

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Let me know if you can tell the difference.

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