Tight Wad in Utah: Carrot Cake Freezer Jam - Great Christmas Gift!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Carrot Cake Freezer Jam - Great Christmas Gift!

I posted this awhile ago with What to do with a Bag of Carrots.  But I thought it was worth mentioning again since it was SOOOOO good, and would make such a nice homemade gift!   It even tastes kind of Christmasy. :)

I just happened upon this recipe. They said it was an award winner so I gave it a go.  It's AMAZING!  It never lasts long at our house.  

1 1/2 c sugar
1 package ball simple creation freezer jam pectin
1/2 t ground cinnamon
1/4 t ground cloves (the only ingredient I didn't already have)
1/4 t ground nutmeg
1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks in juice
2 c shredded carrots (about 3)
2 c chopped apples (about 1 large, I also peeled mine)

Stir sugar, pectin cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg until well blended and set aside.
Drain pineapple, reserve 1/2 cup pineapple juice, set aside
Combine juice, carrots, and apples in a medium saucepan

Bring to boil, stirring occasionally
Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes
Add pineapple
Transfer into blender (half at a time) this is much easier than using a potato masher!!
Let cool 15 minutes

Add pectin mixture to fruit
Stir 3 minutes

Ladle jam into jars to fill line
Let stand until thickened - 30 minutes
Refrigerate up to 3 weeks or freeze for a year!

Makes 40 ounces
This is seriously good!  Slap a bow on it and it's an awesome gift!
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