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Strawberry Zucchini Jam

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This mock strawberry zucchini jam is such a fabulous way to turn your summer squash harvest into something unexpected and delicious. It is quick to put together and fabulous spread over toast or swirled into yogurt.

Close triangles of toast with strawberry zucchini preserves spread over them.

It’s zucchini season again! You know what that means. Pretty soon, there will be more green squash laying around than you know what to do with.

Neighbors will be leaving it on your porch, and vendors at the farmers market will practically be paying you to take it away. It goes from good to overwhelming for folks quickly.

zucchini jam ingredients with sugar, a can of pineapple, lemon juice and jello.

Uses for Zucchini

I actually really love zucchini in all of its forms. We sautee it a lot or toss it on the grill.

It is fabulous in veggie mixes like my fun twist on succotash. And it is delicious in Parmesan roasted zucchini and tomatoes.

But zucchini isn’t limited to savory side dishes. It is fabulous in sweet recipes as well.

Of course, we know that because zucchini bread is always popular. Mini loaves of zucchini bread are also a great option.

A few years ago, I stumbled onto making a mock apple pie with zucchini. It is surprisingly delicious!

I used that same basic principle to make a brown sugar zucchini crisp that also tastes just like apple. It is fun to make something so different from a familiar vegetable.

So, this recipe is a natural extension of that idea. It takes shredded zucchini and turns it into tasty preserves.

Where This Recipe Came From

I had never heard about making jam out of zucchini until a Facebook friend clued me in. We were talking about our favorite ways to use zucchini on the Cooking With Carlee Facebook page.

Someone mentioned making peach jelly out of zucchini, and of course, I was intrigued. She shared the recipe, and I just knew I had to make it for you.

Hot zucchini jam spooned into small jars.

The recipe itself only takes a few ingredients to make. Mostly, it is peeled and shredded zucchini, sugar, pineapple, lemon juice, and the key surprise ingredient.

It’s jello! That is where the strawberry flavor comes from in this version.

But it also makes it super simple to change up the flavor. Make peach like the original recipe or do an orange marmalade version.

It would be great with raspberry jello or even a bright lemon flavor. Picking a flavor is a big part of the fun.

Adaptations

In addition to changing the flavor of jello, I also reduced the amount of sugar in the recipe. Obviously, sugar is an integral part of most preserves, but this still works well with the reduced amount.

I also increased the amount of crushed pineapple. I love pineapple, so a large can seemed more appropriate than a small one.

jar of strawberry zucchini jam in front of slice of toast.

I increased the cook time a bit to make up for the added liquid and decreased sugar content. Then I hit the softened zucchini with an immersion blender for a bit to smooth out the finished product, just a smidge.

Your jam will likely be a brighter red color. We used a naturally colored jello, so it’s not as bright as most.

The finished product was a nice spred that was perfect for toast. It has just enough texture to be interesting with no big chunks.

strawberry zucchini jam spread over slice of toast.

The flavor is bright and fun. It is strawberry forward but is mostly just sweet and fruity.

Little Dude thought it tasted a bit like mango, and my husband was surprised how much he liked it. The jars were fun to pass out among family members.

It is fun to surprise people with fun treats like this. It would make a perfect host gift with a fresh loaf of bread as well!

Can I freeze extra zucchini jam?

Yes. We put our zucchini jam in several small glass jars and put some in the freezer for several months. Just defrost the jam in the refrigerator overnight and it will be ready to spread on toast the next day.

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Triangles of toast with strawberry zucchini jam on them.

Strawberry Zucchini Jam

Carlee
This mock strawberry zucchini jam is such a fabulous way to turn your summer squash harvest into something unexpected and delicious. It is quick to put together and fabulous spread over toast or swirled into yogurt.
4.90 from 19 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Sauces, Dressings & Condiments
Cuisine American
Servings 72 Servings (9 cups)
Calories 52 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 6 cups peeled and finely shredded zucchini*
  • 4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 20 oz can crushed pineapple
  • 6 oz strawberry jello

Instructions
 

  • In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, bring zucchini, sugar, lemon juice and pineapple to a boil over medium to medium-high heat.
    6 cups peeled and finely shredded zucchini*, 4 cup granulated sugar, 2 Tablespoons lemon juice, 20 oz can crushed pineapple
  • Boil for 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • For a smoother jam, use an immersion blender until you get your desired consistency. Though this step is unnecessary if you like a bit of texture in your preserves.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the Jello powder. Spoon into clean jars and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
    6 oz strawberry jello

Notes

If using larger zucchini, remove the seeds. Small zucchini with tender seeds won’t need them removed.
Feel free to experiment with different flavors of Jello, peach and/or raspberry would be delicious.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 52kcalCarbohydrates: 13gSodium: 3mgSugar: 13g
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Corinne Humphrey

Saturday 21st of October 2023

Can I use sugar free jello instead of regular?

Carlee

Saturday 21st of October 2023

I don't see why not. It should work just fine.

Sue

Monday 11th of September 2023

Can you use fresh pineapple?

Carlee

Monday 11th of September 2023

I haven't tried it, so I can't say for sure. Normally, you can't use fresh pineapple with Jello because it has enzymes that will cause it not to set. However, those enzymes are broken down in the canning process. Because the pineapple will have been boiled for quite some time before the Jello is added, there is a good chance it would work.

Karen

Thursday 17th of August 2023

Can this be frozen?

Carlee

Thursday 17th of August 2023

Yes, it freezes pretty well. We have some in our freezer right now!

Louise

Saturday 22nd of July 2023

Do I drain the pineapple.

Carlee

Saturday 22nd of July 2023

No, you don't have to drain it.

Mike Rice

Monday 25th of July 2022

I made this recipe and canned 9 half-pints of jam. My family loves it!