Today my niece (the one who is a health guru to me...that I mentioned in a previous post) came to my place and we made strawberry freezer jam using very little sugar. We tried three different recipes. One batch used 3/4 cup of 100% apple juice, one batch used 1/2 cup of 100% white grape/raspberry juice concentrate, and one batch used 1/2 cup of honey. Each batch made nearly 6 pints of jam...so what little bit of added "sweet" is divided by that amount. Not too bad when compared to most jam recipes that call for 3-4 cups of sugar!!
The last batch I mentioned...the one with 1/2 cup honey...was an interesting recipe I found on-line for Balsamic vinegar/strawberry jam. Sounds strange, but it's delicious! I think it will be my favorite.
I also bought a couple kinds of organic bread for us to try out... so tonight my husband and I will need to have a bread and jam tasting session! =D (I'm sure he won't mind!)
NOTE: I want to clarify that jam...even my homemade low sugar jam...is high in sugar content because of the fruit and juice concentrate, etc., so I use it very sparingly. As a sugar addict, I don't want to have anything sweet on a regular basis or it makes me want more and more and more. For that reason, I limit my jam use and have it only about once a week (if that) and I use it in place of a fruit serving. For instance, normally for breakfast I have some protein (maybe an egg or cottage cheese), and grain (maybe wheat cereal, oatmeal, or whole grain toast) and a small piece of fruit (half a banana, half of a grapefruit, a small amount of peaches in natural juice, for instance). So, if I decide to add jam, I might just have an egg, a piece of toast, and jam. No additional fruit for that meal. Again...this is because of my addiction, not because of calories or portions or whatever. I don't want sweets to rule my life again like it did years ago.