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Jam easy and economical

DEAR HELOISE: I think I remember reading in your column a recipe for a low-calorie jam.

Can you check your files and reprint this for me? Thanks so much. — Linda from Nevada

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Linda, I sure can, and it’s an easy jam to make. One of the good points of this recipe is that you can use practically any fruit you choose. So, fruit that is on sale is a good choice. It makes the jam more economical, too.

You will need:

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1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 to 1 teaspoon fructose or sugar substitute

1 to 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin

1/8 to 1/4 cup apple juice (the amount depends on how tart or sweet the fruit is)

3/4 to 1 cup of fresh fruit, rinsed, dried and cubed (I like to keep the skin on, but you can peel it if you want to)

Mix all the ingredients (not the gelatin) and cook for only three or four minutes on high heat, stirring constantly. I taste the jam at this point and add a little fructose or sugar substitute if needed. Next, add the gelatin, stirring until dissolved. Put the jam in clean jars with lids or in a sealable container. Keep in the fridge and use within two weeks. There are no preservatives, so it does not keep long. This is why I make small batches with fruit that is ripe or on sale.

This jam is delicious on waffles, pancakes and even as a topping for ice cream. — Heloise

DEAR HELOISE: It’s taken me 56 years of marriage to finally come up with this handy hint. In the kitchen utility drawer that has long-handled utensils, usually you open the drawer and you’re looking at handles. I turn the items so the handles are at the back of the drawer, and you easily can see at a glance what you have without having to pull the drawer all the way out. — Dorothy A. Turner, Augusta, Maine

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