One of my daughter’s favorite food is bread with jam. Since she stopped drinking formula and we started solid foods she went through a stages where she refused to eat this or that for a months. First it was milk. She didn’t want to have nothing to do with milk. Any kind: almond, coconut, soy, cow. NON. Yogurt followed. Now she eats only one brand, vanilla flavored, and she is back to drinking cow milk. The only thing she likes from the start (and it has never changed for a minute) is bread with jam. Once or twice she got picky about the jam, though. From the start she’s liked strawberry and she’d had times when she didn’t want to eat apricot or raspberry jams, but those passed and now she is happy with whatever jam I give her.
She’s been meat eater since she had her first bite of meat and she never turns away from a slice of ham 🙂 or a hot-dog (yeah, I know, how bad!!!).
Last week we run out of jam. Again I didn’t see any point to go back to the store just for that one thing. I looked in my fridge and my freezer and discovered a frozen strawberries and peaches. I thought those would be perfect to fix some homemade jam. I had never done that before and now I wonder why. It’s really easy and fast and hundred times healthier.
Actually there is no recipe for the jam I made.
I just throw about 15 frozen strawberries and 6 slices of frozen peaches to the pot and cooked them on a very low heat until they were soft and the juices started to appear. I stir them a few times and cook a little bit longer. When all the fruits got soft I mashed them with a fork.
And the mixture looke like that:
I added juice from a half of lemon and cooked it for about 10 to 15 minutes. At the and I added a tablespoon of arrowroot to make it more thick.
After the mixture cooled down I added a few tablespoons of honey ( I think, it was 2) and mixed it very well. No, I didn’t cook it together. Honey is the best raw. What I mean by raw is RAW honey and a honey that is not cooked or mixed in hot mixtures. For a months I hadn’t been eating RAW honey because I though (or because somebody told me) that it’s not safe for pregnant women to consume it. Instead I was feeding myself that garbage that is called honey but it’s actually a pure sugar with no other values that just being sugar. Here is an interesting article called “Tests show Most Store Honey Isn’t Honey”. I highly recommend reading it.
Back to my jam. After I made it, it tasted a little bit too tart (because of the lemon juice) but I fought the urge to add more honey knowing that in a few hours or the next day it will get to the right sweetness, and I was right. I pour it to jar after my old jam and store in a fridge. The next day it tasted just right! Not too sweet like those store-bought and with a little freshness that the lemon juice added to it. It was delicious and those pictures prove it:
Happy Valentine’s Day my friends!!!
or if some of your prefer this version (which actually used to be mine for years), there you go:
Anyway, have a great evening, everybody!