Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Toddler Meal -- Two-Berry Jam

Baby A likes his breakfast pancake with some jam and never turn down a jam sandwich before, I used to give him the wholefoods organic jam until lately when it was over and I was a little too lazy to travel 20 miles to Wholefoods again. Besides, though it should be somewhat healthier, I still think that the wholefoods' jam is way too sweet for a toddler.

So I made this two-berry jam with baby A's favorite berries -- Blue berry and Strawberry. 

No complaints so far!

Ingredients:(Make about 2 cups of Jam)
500 gm of Ripe Strawberry
300 gm of Blue berry
80 gm of rock sugar
1 big apple(shelled and remove seeds)
1 tbps lemon/lime juice(or half lemon/lime squeeze out the juice)

1. Clean and remove stem of the berries, soaked in water with 1 tsp of salt to get rid of bugs, drained. Place the berries and apple with lemon/lime juice in a slow cooker/crock-pot, cover with lid and simmer at low heat for about 15-20 minutes or until it becomes tender and juicy.

2. Scoop out the whole content into a heat resistant blender or use a handheld immersion to blend the berries into a smooth paste.

3. Pour the paste back to cooker. Add rock sugar and continue cooking for 30-35 minutes, when the consistency thickened, it is done.

4. Boil a clean jar in hot water to sanitize it, dry and keep aside.

5. Pour the jam into jar while it is still hot. Cover lid tightly, turn it around. Bring 1/3 pot of water to boil, place the jar upside down in the boiling water and boil for 3-5 minutes, this is to vacuum out the air in jar and to sanitize the lid and outer part of the jar.

6. The jam could be stored in the fridge for 1 month without opening or 2 weeks after opening.

Serve this jam with bread or any of your toddler's favorite pastry.  Baby A love it with his pancake too!

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