Monday, August 1, 2011

Strawberry Zucchini Marmalade

Yes, you read correctly, strawberry jam meets zucchini while partying with pineapple.  The result - fantastic!  When I sent out a plea for more ways to use up my zucchini surplus, Sweet Pea from the Newlyweds blog answered the call.  She very casually mentioned that she had a few zucchini recipes on her site if I would like to check them out.  And lo and behold, it was a zucchini gold mine!  One of the recipes that quickly got my attention was this Zucchini Marmalade.  I thought....weird. Then I saw that it would use 6 cups of zucchini, and I had to give it a try.  I'm so glad I did! Everyone who has tried it has given it a thumbs up. Even my Grandma (who claims she doesn't like zucchini) ate an entire jar in just a few days! (a jelly jar size, not like a quart or anything)
and it's so pretty! I'm thinking it would make excellent Christmas gifts - the red with flecks of green.  However, I'm going to have to make another batch or two, because this one is not going to last until Christmas! (Update: I did give this out at Christmas with homemade bread and called it 'Christmas Marmalade'! You can see the post HERE.)

Zucchini Marmalade
from the Newlyweds
  • 6 Cups grated zucchini (squeeze to remove excess water)
  • 5 6 Cups sugar
  • 1/2 Cup lemon juice
  • 1 large can crushed pineapple (juice and all)
  • 1 (6oz) package Jello, any flavor (I used strawberry, but have orange waiting in the cabinet!)
Boil zucchini and sugar for 20 minutes. Add lemon juice and crushed pineapple. Boil for 5 minutes. Add gelatin and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat, pour into hot jars and seal. Process in water bath for 5 minutes. Makes 6 jelly jars (half pints?).

**Five cups of sugar instead of 6 worked just fine, and this is definitely a keeper recipe!
Pretty darn good on a bagel with a little butta...


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I'm linking this recipe up with Homemaker on a Dime, Delightfully Dowling, Mouthwatering Monday @ A Southern Fairytale, Skip to my Lou, Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl CreativeMaking the World CuterDelicious Dishes at It's a Blog Party, Tuesdays at the Table at All the Small Stuff,  Hearth and Soul Blog Hop, Dr. Laura's Tasty Tuesday, Tasty Tuesdays @ 33 Shades of Green, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Made from Scratch Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday @ For The Love Of Blogs,Blue Cricket Design, At Home with Haley, Lady Behind the Curtain,  Little Brick Ranch, These Chicks Cooked, Miz Helen's Country CottageMangoes and Chutney for Fat Camp Fridays, EKat's Kitchen (currently being held at Girlichef), Simply Delish, Feeding Four, It's a Keeper, Bacon Time with the Hungry Hungry Hypo, The Sweet Details for Savory Sunday, Alli n Son, Sweet As Sugar Cookies, Life as Mom - Ultimate Recipe Swap and
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19 comments:

  1. Seriously?! Zucchini?! Hmm, too bad we have a surplus of butternut squash in our garden,not zucchini..I wonder if I could substitute!! haha, that might be nasty.

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  2. Zucchini is so versatile! I wonder if you can make this with real strawberries instead of Jello. I like to stay away from food dyes. But it looks so yummy and pretty! How much can you taste the pineapple?

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  3. Wow! Unique! I have more zucchini than I know what to do with...hmmm :) I love the color!

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  4. This is sheer insanity! the craziest zucchini recipe i've ever seen!

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  5. That is a clever recipe for sure! I am going to pass it along to a friend of mine who has been having zucchini overload!

    My Grandma use to make a rhubarb-strawberry jam that also used a packet of jello in it.

    This was my first time to your blog and I really enjoyed it!

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  6. So glad you guys enjoyed it, this year I made it using the berry flavor jello, and it turned out bright blue!!! Very fun indeed!!

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  7. What a GREAT recipe! I'd like to invite you over to Lady Behind The Curtain for my link party "Cast Party Wednesday" to share this and more of your recipes.
    Thanks,
    I hope to see you there!

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  8. I know that you have so many blog parties to choose from so thank you for choosing Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. This post is added to the party blast! Enjoy the rest of the week :)

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  9. Thanks for sharing with the Hearth n Soul hop.

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  10. I can't wait to make this recipe, heaven knows I have got enough zucchini coming out of the garden. This really looks good! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again real soon. Hope you are having a great week!
    Miz Helen

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  11. What a unique recipe. i have to give this one a try!!!!

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  12. Thanks so much for sharing your recipes with me at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you will come back tomorrow for another party filled with GREAT RECIPES!
    Thanks,
    I hope to see you there!

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  13. What a great recipe! I hope you come link it up with Canning Week 2011! We have a recipe contest and lots of canning giveaways all week long! http://messhalltobistro.blogspot.com/2011/08/canning-week-linky.html

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  14. I've always wondered about using gelatin instead of pectin in jams...now I know I can try it.

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  15. So glad you mentioned this in your bread post or I would've missed it! Pinning for next year's produce.

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  16. I jumped over here from your wrap up post...I am so in love with this idea. I am pinning it so I do not forget to make this!!!!

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  17. What a great way to use up all that zucchini! Looks wonderful. I need to get the canner out again. Sarah

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  18. I used your recipe instead of one that i usually use from Tasty Kitchen. This version came out very "runny" vs. the firm jelly type that I got with the other. They call for pectin in addition to the jello is that the difference? Is yours a more runnier type?

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    1. I think pectin would definitely make it more firm. This one shouldn't be runny/watery but it is thinner than store bought jelly (which is all I have to compare it too...this is the only kind I've made) However, it does have the same consistency as some homemade strawberry preserves I have right now from my MIL, who uses pectin....not sure if this helps you out or not?!

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