Thursday, August 26, 2010

Jam On It

Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia! You will be cursing me by the end of this post, because that commercial will be stuck in your head for all eternity. Who hasn’t been blessed with a Chia Pet, purchased lovingly at a local Walgreens or Big Lots just for you? Well, my friends, the joke is on the gift giver! Chia seeds are actually an edible superfood; full of essential fatty acids and antioxidants, to name a few. I’ve been using them as an alternative to flaxseed and have discovered they are a perfect thickener in certain recipes. I decided to try them in homemade jam and loved the results. You can adjust the maple syrup depending on your taste preference. I bet a pinch of cinnamon would taste great too! Use the jam as a spread on scones; try spooning it into your yogurt or oatmeal.

Fresh Mixed Berry Jam

3 cups fresh berries (I used strawberries, raspberries and blueberries)

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

3 tablespoons real maple syrup (you may want to add more if you prefer a sweeter jam)

½ cup apple or any type of fruit juice

2 tablespoons chia seeds

Mix chia seeds into fruit juice and let soak until juice thickens, at least 30 minutes. It should be gelatinous; you can add more seeds if necessary. In a blender or food processer, combine the seed mixture, berries, lemon juice and syrup. Pulse a couple of time or until you achieve your desired consistency. Pour into a bowl and chill. Makes approx. 3 cups

I want my baby back, baby back, baby back ribs….


charles said...

Hello, I am working with HP Hood to promote the second annual New England Dairy Cook-Off and Chef's Challenge. We are wondering if you might be interested in judging the Chef's Challenge in Portland, Maine 10/30, which will pit six New England chefs against each other in a holiday classics throwdown. Please provide an email address so we can send the formal invite. Thanks!