Step 5 was the peanut butter and step 6 is it’s better half…the jelly and jam!
As you can imagine this yummy sweet stuff is a perfect place to find some High Fructose Corn Syrup hiding and with all the colors of the rainbow from strawberry to grape there are LOTS of opportunities for an artificial color and flavor to make their way into the ingredient list also! I quickly realized good ‘ole Smuckers had allowed for some not so home-made ingredients to sneak into their product! We were able to find a strawberry Smuckers product that was free of the HFCS, but for our salicylate sensitive Lady A we had to look for a lower salicylate fruit. We were able to find a PEAR option and a Mango Butter. The Pear preserves come out being the “cleanest” according to the label (since the mango butter has a small percentage of preservative in it). My goal is that when pear season rolls around again I will be buying 20lb or so of organic pears from the Co-op and trying my hand at making my own pear jelly for Lady A (and the rest of us!). Here are a few recipes that I found that sound do-able (ie. easy for a beginner like me, although it looks like I am going to need some “new” kitchen equipment for this task!): Pear Jam, and Pear and Vanilla Jam. Happy and Healthier Spreading!