Traditional Strawberry Jam

It’s strawberry season! The flavor, texture and appearance of this jam outshines a store-bought version every time. The difference is amazing and store-bought can’t hold a candle to jam you make at home, where you hand-select the fruit and other ingredients and add a little love to every jar. 

Traditional Strawberry Jam
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Ingredients
  1. Strawberry jam is one of the most popular preserves to make, especially when local fruit is in season. This recipe uses the long-boil method, with no added pectin.
  2. 6 cups crushed strawberries 1.5 L
  3. 3 tbsp lemon juice 45 mL
  4. 5 cups granulated sugar 1.25 L
Instructions
  1. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, combine strawberries and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Add sugar in a steady stream, stirring constantly. Bring to a full boil, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat to medium-high and boil rapidly, stirring often and reducing heat further as mixture thickens, for 20 to 22 minutes or until thickened. Test for setting point (see page 24). Remove from heat and skim off any foam. Stir for 5 to 8 minutes to prevent floating fruit.
  2. Ladle into sterilized jars to within 1⁄4 inch (0.5 cm) of rim; wipe rims. Apply prepared lids and rings; tighten rings just until fingertip-tight. Process jars in boiling water canner (see page 27) for 10 minutes. Transfer jars to a towel-lined surface and let rest at room temperature until set. Check seals; refrigerate any unsealed jars for up to 3 weeks. Makes about five 8-ounce (250 mL) jars.
  3. Tip: If you leave the lemon juice out of strawberry jam, it will not set — strawberries are not high enough in acid.
Notes
  1. Tip: If you leave the lemon juice out of strawberry jam, it will not set — strawberries are not high enough in acid.
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Pineapple, Rhubarb, Watermelon and Mango Sorbets

Sorbet is so simple to make – and the flavour is amazing

 

Pineapple, Rhubarb, Watermelon and Mango Sorbets
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Ingredients
Simple Syrup
  1. 1 1/2 cups water
  2. 1 1/2 cups berry sugar
Pineapple Sorbet
  1. 1 large whole pineapple, peeled and cored
  2. 2 cups simple syrup
  3. 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
Rhubarb Sorbet
  1. 5 cups diced rhubarb
  2. 1 1/4 cups simple syrup
  3. 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
Watermelon Sorbet
  1. 1/4 medium-sized watermelon, skin and seeds removed
  2. 1 cup simple syrup
  3. 3 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
Mango Sorbet
  1. 3 ripe mangoes, peeled
  2. 1/2 cup simple syrup
  3. 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
Instructions
To make Simple Syrup
  1. In a small saucepan bring water and sugar to a boil. Simmer until sugar has dissolved. Yields 2 1/2 cups.
PINEAPPLE SORBET
  1. Cut pineapple into chunks and puree in food processor. Mix 2 1/2 cups pureed pulp with simple syrup and lemon juice. Strain through sieve. Freeze in a 9″x13″ glass baking dish or an ice cream maker. When solid, break into pieces and pulse in chilled food processor until smooth. Store in plastic container in freezer for up to 2 weeks.
RHUBARB SORBET
  1. Puree rhubarb in food processor. Strain through sieve or cheesecloth, pressing to extract all of the juice. Discard pulp. Mix juice together with simple syrup and lemon juice and freeze in a 9″x13″ glass baking dish or an ice cream maker. Process as for Pineapple Sorbet.
WATERMELON SORBET
  1. Cut watermelon in pieces and puree in food processor. Mix 3 cups of puree with simple syrup and lemon juice. Freeze in a 9″x13″ glass baking dish or an ice cream maker. Process as for Pineapple Sorbet.
MANGO SORBET
  1. Cut mango pulp from pit and puree in food processor. Mix 1 3/4 cups mango puree with simple syrup and lemon juice. Strain through sieve. Freeze in 9″x13″ glass baking dish or an ice cream maker. Process as for Pineapple Sorbet
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Raspberry Rhubarb Crisp

A bubbly fruit crisp is the ultimate summer dessert – easy to assemble using whatever fruit happens to be in season, no fussing with pastry in the heat, and a sweet, crunchy topping that’s easy to mix together. It makes the very best vehicle for ice cream.

Berries are perfect contenders – strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries – whatever grows well where you are. We love all of them paired with rhubarb, which makes for a sweet-tart crumble. You can even assemble the fruit and bake it when you’re sitting down to dinner, so that it’s warm when it’s time for dessert.

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Watermelon Popsicles

berry popsicles

 

If you’re concerned about the amount of sugar, artificial colours and flavours in typical frozen treats, here’s an easy way to make all-fruit popsicles to keep kids cool during the warm summer months. With its high water content, watermelon is perfect for pureeing and freezing in ice pop moulds – add a few whole berries to add an even bigger vitamin boost. 

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Cranberry Scones

Cranberry Scones
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Ingredients
  1. 3⁄4 cup buttermilk or plain yogurt 175 mL
  2. 1 large egg 1
  3. 23⁄4 cups all-purpose flour 675 mL
  4. 4 tsp baking powder 20 mL
  5. 1⁄2 tsp baking soda 2 mL
  6. 1⁄2 tsp salt 2 mL
  7. 1⁄2 cup margarine 125 mL
  8. 1 cup coarsely chopped cranberries 250 mL
  9. (fresh or frozen)
  10. 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar 125 mL
  11. Grated zest of 1 orange
  12. 1 tbsp butter, melted 15 mL
  13. 1⁄4 cup confectioners’ (icing) sugar 60 mL
  14. .
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Beat buttermilk and egg in small bowl and set aside. In large bowl, Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in margarine until mixture resembles small peas. Mix in cranberries, sugar and orange zest. Add buttermilk mixture and stir until soft dough forms. Using your hands, form dough into a large ball and place on floured surface. Pat out to 1-inch (2.5 cm) thickness. Cut in 4-inch (20 cm) rounds. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake scones for 15 to 20 minutes. While still warm, brush with butter and sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.
  2. Makes 8 large scones.
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Arizona Fruit Salad

Great with Mexican Fare !

Arizona Fruit Salad
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Ingredients
  1. Salad
  2. 1 avocado 1
  3. 2 tbsp lime juice 30 mL
  4. 1 papaya 1
  5. 2 oranges 2
  6. 1 grapefruit 1
  7. 1 small red onion 1
  8. 1⁄2 pomegranate (optional) 1⁄2
  9. Dressing
  10. 2 tbsp orange juice 30 mL
  11. 2 tbsp lime juice 30 mL
  12. 2 tsp liquid honey 10 mL
  13. 1⁄4 tsp hot pepper flakes 1 mL
  14. 1⁄2 cup vegetable oil 125 mL
  15. 1 head romaine lettuce 1
  16. Fresh Fruit Dressing
  17. Low-cal – tastes great right out of the jar!
  18. 2⁄3 cup plain yogurt 150 mL
  19. 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil 60 mL
  20. 2 tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate 30 mL
  21. 2 tbsp liquid honey 30 mL
  22. 1⁄2 tsp grated orange zest 2 mL
  23. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate overnight in a sealed container.
  24. Makes about 11⁄4 cups (300 mL).
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Instructions
  1. Salad: Peel and slice avocado. Sprinkle with 1 tbsp (15 mL) lime juice. Peel, seed and slice papaya thinly. Sprinkle with remaining lime juice. Peel oranges and grapefruit. Cut fruit into segments. Slice red onion. In a large bowl, combine avocado, papaya, orange and grapefruit segments and onion. Set aside. If using pomegranate, scoop out seeds and set aside.
  2. Dressing: Whisk together orange juice, lime juice, honey, pepper flakes and oil.
  3. To serve: Pour dressing over fruit and toss well. Spoon onto lettuce-lined platter. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds over all. Serves 6 to 8.
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