Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Summer Squash #1

Today I will list a couple tried and true recipes that are just fun.
These are a bit unconventional for a veggie - but they are sure good - especially when you have squash coming out your ears!

3 c peeled, grated zucchini (no seeds)
1/2 C lemon juice
1 - 3 oz. box of flavored gelatin  - recipe suggests strawberry
3 C sugar
Bring squash and lemon juice to a boil and boil for ten minutes.  Add the gelatin and sugar.  Boil for 6 more minutes.  Pour into sterilized jars.
Recipe calls for sealing with paraffin - or turning jars upside down for 15-20 minutes then inverting. (Make sure rings are tight if you do that)
I have done the inversion method and the jam stays good for ages.  Water bath is too much heating with gelatin.
**I have made this with raspberry and peach - both were yummy and requested.
**I have also added finely chopped jalapeno (2 or 3) to the mix for a spicy version.
It is definitely the consistency of jam!

4 quarts (16 C) of peeled, de-seeded and diced or grated zucchini
1 1/2 C bottled lemon juice
1 can (46 oz.)  unsweetened pineapple juice
3 C sugar
After getting squash into the preferred consistency (I cut in wedges or grate) - mix all ingredients together and simmer for 20 minutes.  Stir frequently.
Pour hot mixture into sterilized jars and leave 1/2" head space.  Process 30 minutes in a boiling water bath.
Use as substitute for crushed or chunk pineapple in recipes.  It is great in dump cake , pineapple upside down cake and sweet breads!  Makes a great pineapple pie as well.

So there you have a couple fun and different ways to use up that excess zucchini.  I have tried them both and they are yummy.

More squash recipes on Friday.  Stay tuned!


  1. I love that idea of fake pineapple! That would be so handy around the holidays...maybe I could half it because I don't need as much. I harvested my first zucchini from my garden this morning and made a frittata with it for husband. He loved it!

    1. Sure you could halve the recipe.
      YAY I know you were anticipating that first zucchini. Love veggie frittata's!

  2. Yes, on the fake pineapple. It's very good. The jam looks great too and what a great way to get some strawberry jam in your kitchen without actually buying it. It's upwards of $3.00 for the preserves now and that is for the generic version. This would be much cheaper than that. Thank you for the recipe. :)

    1. It is probably just a TINY bit healthier! LOL
      It is easy and saves from going and buying other ingredients. Odds are we all have what is needed at home!
      It is very good.
      More goodies to come!

  3. I made a fake zucchini apple pie one time and my kids were so mad at me, it was a beautiful pie but the flavor? meh.....

    1. Sorry they didn't like it. I make one, that no one has figured out it's zucchini yet!
      I will be giving the recipe later on.

  4. Thank you! I am going to have to try these!

  5. I want to try the fake pineapple. I have heard people talk about it. Thanks for posting the recipe. Now I need some zucchini.

    1. Too bad you don't live close by some of us! It is very good, hope you enjoy it.