With these simple ingredients, you can make naturally sweet, low-calorie preserves.
Crab apples make a delicious homemade jelly.
Easy Blueberry Jam2 quarts blueberries, rinsed and drained3 tbsp lemon juice (optional)2 tsp pectin powder1/2 to 1 cup honey, or 1 cup sugar1/2 tsp calcium powderCook and mash the berries, making 4 cups mashed purée. Add lemon juice if desired. Stir the pectin powder into the sweetener, mixing well. Make a calcium solution by mixing 1/2 teaspoon calcium powder with 1 cup of water. Bring fruit to a boil that cannot be stirred down. Add the sweetener, whisking it into the boiling berries. Return to a boil. Add 4 teaspoons calcium solution. Stir well. Pour into hot sterile jars. Seal and can or freeze. Makes 4 to 5 cups jam.
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For an easy, nutritious apple butter, core the apples but leave the skins on, then put them through a food processor before cooking.