Monday, June 15, 2015

Pineapple Galangal (kinda like ginger) and Vanilla Jam

2 whole pineapples peeled cored and cut into chunks
4 cups sugar
Juice and zest from 1 large lemon
1 vanilla bean
1 inch chunk of galangal or ginger root
pinch salt
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons low sugar pectin

In a large non-reactive (glass, ceramic or stainless steel) bow mix together the pineapple chunks and 1/2 cup of sugar. Mix together and allow to sit at room temperature several hours or in the refrigerator overnight.
(Alternatively you can mix all 4 cups of the sugar in and allow to macerate in the fridge for up to five days.)
In a blender or food processor puree half of the pineapple with the vanilla bean and the galangal until the vanilla pod is thoroughly broken down. Pour into a wide shallow pan. Repeat the puree process with the other half of the pineapple. You can leave this half slightly chunky if you like. Pour into a wide shallow pan. Add the remaining 3 1/2 cups of sugar (Unless you did the fridge with all the sugar for a few days thing.) the juice and zest from a large lemon and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil over high high heat.
Continue boiling for 8-12 minutes until mixture is thickened and pineapple is tender. Skim off any foam that rises to the top.*
Combine the half cup of sugar with the 3 tablespoons of low sugar pectin. It is important to use low sugar pectin in this recipe. There is not enough sugar in the recipe for regular pectin to work. Stir into the boiling pineapple mix and allow to cook 1-2 minutes more.
Remove from heat and place in containers of your choice.
I really do prefer the plastic ones to canning jars because I give away most of my jam. But this recipe is just fine for hot water canning or flip over canning.

*So I've skimmed off the foam should I just throw it away?
You can just toss it...However you can also:

Mix it with 2 cups of whipped cream or a can of coconut milk and freeze it for Fruity Ice Cream.

Same as above but in popsicle molds.

Mix it into a complimentary juice maybe add a dash of adult beverage for a refreshing mocktail or cocktail.

Use it as a topping for sundaes or waffles or pancakes.

Mix a 1/4 cup of it (or to taste) with ice and 12 ounces of seltzer water for the best fruit soda you'll ever have.


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