Thursday, October 09, 2008
RECIPE ~ Pumpkin Jam
Have the treat of pumpkin pie anytime with this easy-to-make spread! Pictured here on kamut toast with a layer of walnut butter.
1 (29 ounce) can pumpkin puree*
3/4 cup apple juice, apple cider or orange juice
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
sweetener to taste*
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
Combine pumpkin, juice and spices in a large saucepan; stir well. Give it a taste and sweeten as needed.* Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes or until thickened. Stir frequently. Makes lots! Great on toast, biscuits, pancakes, etc. Can for yourself or pour into small decorative jars to give as seasonal hostess gifts.
*Or use 1 1/2-2 cups of your own cooked/baked/steamed pumpkin, pureed.
*Choose natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, brown rice syrup or agave syrup. If using honey, choose unpasteurized and stir in after jam is cooked and cooled down slightly.
FOR CANNING: Spoon hot pumpkin mixture into hot, boiled jars, filling to within 1/4 inch from top. Remove air bubbles by firmly tapping jar on the counter. Wipe jar rims and cover tightly. Finish off by processing in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes. Or, simply spoon into an air-tight jar or container and store refrigerated for up to a month.
FOR INDIVIDUAL DOSHAS
VATAS a great Vata treat
PITTAS omit or reduce dried ginger to 1/4 tsp
KAPHAS winter squashes like pumpkin are not recommended for Kaphas