Mind the Gaps Diet
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'Fruit season is here once more and my family are craving jam! I was thrilled when I came accross such a simple, GAPS friendly jam on my organic fruit and veg. delivery website. It has just two ingredients and is a winner.
They call it Honeyed Jampote and it knocks up in a jiffy - and the great thing is that you don't need much honey. Neither do you need heaps of fruit - I usually only have 3/4 of a pound from a quick pick. This is a thick jam - not runny: sticky like it ought to be!
We made a jar with our home-grown strawberries and it was soon gone - mixed with sourcream it was a delight!
Now the blackberries are ripening on the bushes and the Sons are crying out for blackberry jam. My question was - could we use the same method for blackberries as we had for strawberries? A quick google gave me the anwer that blackberries contain a lot of pectin (the ingredient that helps them to gel) and so we had a go.
Yes it works! So now the sons are asking if we can make lots of it that can be stored. The answer to that I think is only if we keep it in the freezer as freezer jam, but that would take up valuable freezer space.
We are slowly transitioning off of GAPS now and they want jam to put on their sourdough waffles.
The process is simple:
1. Wash the fruit and place in a heavy based saucepan.
2. Mash it with your hands - or use a hand blender.
3. Sieve it if you don't like pips.
4. Add at least 1/4 cup honey per pound of fruit.
5. Bring to the boil and then simmer for up to 10 minutes until it starts to thicken, stiring as necessary.
6. Let it cool in the pan.
7. Transfer to a clean jar, put on a lid and store in the fridge for up to a week - but it won't last that long!
Some add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice. Others add Granny Smith apple to the blackberry. I have done it both with and without lemon and apple and it works fine with just fruit and honey.
Fermented GAPS legal Jam
If you would like to experiment with fermented jam, then Cultures for Health have a recipe forBlueberry Lacto-fermented Jam. I'm going to try it soon!
What can do you do with GAPs legal jam?
Spread it on coconut flour waffles for a delicious snack at any time of day!
Mix a heaped teaspoonful together with sour cream or yoghurt and put them little pots ready to take for packed lunches!
Or as above with sourcream for a pudding treat.
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Here you will find not only a record of our GAPS diet journey, with helpful hints and tips, but also mouthwatering, simple, adaptable, recipes for feeding a growing family without spending all day in the kitchen! Please stay and browse.