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Pumpkin Peek-A-Boo Sandwich, Healthy Halloween treats

Jif Whips Review Pumpkin Pie Spice, Fun Fall ideas for Kids, Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids #Jif, #Fall, #KidsLunchIdeas

Fall is here, which means everything pumpkin is on its way.  I happen to really enjoy pumpkin, so bring on the pumpkin recipe, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin decor and more.  My kids are like most kids and enjoy the sweet treats that come along with Halloween.  But I am not a fan of the sugar over load that turns my kids into crabby little monsters.  That is why I love this idea to make their sandwich festive and fun but a healthier choice too.

 

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Make lunch fun

I created the Peek-a-BOO  pumpkin sandwich for my kids lunch.  Everything about it is fun and sure to make kids smile, when they open up their lunch to see this fun surprise.  It is fast and easy to make too.

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Jif Whips  has a new Pumpkin Pie Spice Jif Whips that is seriously AMAZING!  Smooth and creamy, and almost melts in your mouth. I love slicing up a crisp fall apple and using it as dip. If you like pumpkin you have GOT TO TRY IT, you will thank me later!

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How to:

But for this recipe I just used it in a the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  I put the Jif Whips Pumpkin Pie Spice on  one side of the bread.  On the other side of the bread I used a small pumpkin cookie cutter to cut out the shape of a pumpkin.  The put jelly around it and put the two sides together.  Use sprinkles to fill in the pumpkin shape to make it look like a little pumpkin.

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Green Tomato Raspberry Jello Jelly Recipe ~ What to do with Green Tomatoes #Hacks

Recipe for Green Tomatoe Jelly made with jello. What to do with green tomatoes from your garden. Jelly recipe made with Jello

I am excited to share this Green Tomato Raspberry Jello Jelly Recipe with you!  id you know that you can make Raspberry flavored jelly with green tomatoes.  I know it sounds WEIRD, I totally understand.  But take my word for it, you can not taste the tomatoes at all.  I did not tell my kids what was in the jelly till AFTER they ate a whole jar (took about a week)…. I then told them it was made out of tomatoes they wouldn’t believe me.   My husband said it taste like the filling in a jelly doughnut 🙂

This recipe is rather quick and easy, go ahead and give it a try!

Recipe for Green Tomatoe Jelly made with jello. What to do with green tomatoes from your garden. Jelly recipe made with Jello

Green Tomato Raspberry Jello Jelly Recipe ~ What to do with Green Tomatoes

Cook time about 30 minutes

You will need:

  • 4 cups diced green tomatoes
  • 4 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1 6oz Raspberry Jello packet
  • 1 pint jars with lid and band for canning HOT and sanitized  (or use freezer container)

Recipe for Green Tomatoe Jelly made with jello. What to do with green tomatoes from your garden. Jelly recipe made with Jello

Directions

Start by washing your green tomatoes.  The dice them and measure out 4 cups, add to a pot on the stove. Also add 4 cups sugar.  Stir the sugar and tomatoes till the sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes. Turn off heat.  Use an immersion Blender to blend the tomatoes, til all the large chunks are smooth.  You can use a normal blender if you don’t have an immersion blender but remember it is SUPER HOT so be very careful.

Next mix in a 6oz dry jello package, still till well blended. Simmer for an additional 20 minutes.

Recipe for Green Tomatoe Jelly made with jello. What to do with green tomatoes from your garden. Jelly recipe made with JelloAdd the hot Green Tomato Raspberry Jello Jelly  into a canning jar leaving a 1/2 inch of space in the top of the jar.  You want the jar hot, you can do this by putting them in hot water on the stove or putting them on the sanitize cycle in your dishwasher. Wipe the rim of your jar clean, add a lid secure with a metal ring. Turn upside down for 5 minutes.  Then turn them right side up again, most of them will “pop” sealed right after you flip them over.  But others might take a while longer. Make sure they have sealed, once opened store in the refrigerator.  Unopened jars of  Green Tomato Raspberry Jello Jelly should stay good up to a year.

****** Update from reader Nancy 

I just discovered your Green Tomato Jam recipe and have a couple of comments that may answer a question or two from the comments I saw (I couldn’t find the comments again on my phone, so that’s why I came here).

1) Just semantics: it’s jam, not jelly. For jelly, think jello–clear, juice only.

2) This recipe is very similar to some rhubarb jam I’ve made for many years (I’m very old!). That recipe is boiled for 25 minutes, then jello and crushed pineapple is added. I made the mistake once of thinking that the jello was added instead of pectin, that the jello was what made it set up (I tried that once when I ran out of pectin for another recipe. Whoops!). Not so. The jello is merely for taste (strawberry is great with rhubarb; I can’t wait to try the raspberry). One of your readers asked if she could thicken it by adding more jello. No, that would just make it sweeter and “stronger” tasting.

3) (I guess it’s a continuation of the last) The natural pectin in the fruit/tomatoes is being developed by the cooking. So cook it more to thicken it.

Happy cooking, and thanks for the recipe!

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Green Tomato Raspberry Jello Jelly Recipe ~ What to do with Green Tomatoes
Course Condiment
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups diced green tomatoes
  • 4 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1 6 oz Raspberry Jello packet
  • 1 pint jars with lid and band for canning HOT and sanitized or use freezer container

Instructions

  1. Start by washing your green tomatoes. The dice them and measure out 4 cups, add to a pot on the stove. Also add 4 cups sugar. Stir the sugar and tomatoes till the sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes. Turn off heat. Use an immersion Blender to blend the tomatoes, til all the large chunks are smooth. You can use a normal blender if you don't have an immersion blender but remember it is SUPER HOT so be very careful.
  2. Next mix in a 6oz dry jello package, still till well blended. Simmer for an additional 20 minutes.
  3. Add the hot Green Tomato Raspberry Jello Jelly into a canning jar leaving a 1/2 inch of space in the top of the jar. You want the jar hot, you can do this by putting them in hot water on the stove or putting them on the sanitize cycle in your dishwasher. Wipe the rim of your jar clean, add a lid secure with a metal ring. Turn upside down for 5 minutes. Then turn them right side up again, most of them will "pop" sealed right after you flip them over. But others might take a while longer. Make sure they have sealed, once opened store in the refrigerator. Unopened jars of Green Tomato Raspberry Jello Jelly should stay good up to a year

 

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Green Tomato Raspberry Jello Jelly Recipe

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How to peel a tomato in seconds, Fastest and easiest way to peel a tomato, perfect for canning or making salsa, Popular Kitchen hacks you will want to remember

The fastest way to peel a tomato

If you can tomatoes or make large batches of fresh salsa, you might already know this tip. BUT just in case you don’t I thought I would share.  It is pretty much a MUST when cooking with or preparing  a large batch of tomatoes.  You can get the peels of in literally seconds with this amazing tip.

First you need to bring a pot of water to a boil. Carefully put whole tomatoes into the boiling water. Leave in the water for 5-10 seconds. Quickly take out and put into an ice water bath, allow to cool so you can handle them and not burn yourself. The peels will now slide right off.  The tomato itself will still be cool and not cooked, so you can slice up and enjoy as normal. Or use for canning or other recipes.

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Fastest Way to Peel a Peach, peel a peach in 10 seconds

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Fastest way to peel a peach, How to peel a peach,#EatingHealthy, #Hacks, #Fruit, #PeachesEnd of summer is almost here, the nights are getting cooler. The fruit in our local orchards is ready for harvest and we are eating peaches by the dozen each day.  Yes I said by the dozen… with a family of 7 we eat a lot of peaches.  So we decided to try out the fastest way to peel a peach in 10 seconds! The kids love to eat them sliced with just a sprinkle of sugar and covered in milk.  I like to eat mine with vanilla yogurt and granola.  I am the “official peach peeler”, if I am just peeling one peach I do it with a knife.  BUT if I have 7-10 peaches to peel all at once I have an awesome trick that allows me to peel them in less than 10 seconds!!!

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Did you know that if you blanch your peaches the skins will literally SLIDE right off.  All you need to do is bring a pot of what to boil.  In this post I used my new favorite pot check it out here , it is cast iron so it heats up fast and stays hot for a good even cooking.  Plus it is red and pretty… :).

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Bring your water to a boil, gently drop the peaches in.  If they are still a bit green (not quite ripe) you will need to boil them a bit longer.  But a peach that is ripe and ready to eat only needs to be in the boiling water about 45 seconds to a minute.  Quickly take the peach out of the pot and put it in ice water. It will cool very quicly since it has not been in the hot water long enough to cook, it just loosens the skin.

Fastest way to peel a peach, How to peel a peach,#EatingHealthy, #Hacks, #Fruit, #PeachesMake a slit in the skip with you knife,  use your thumbs to push the skins back.  When done correctly the skins will slide right off the peach, in one piece.  Takes less than 10 seconds to peel the whole peach. Fastest way to peel a peach, How to peel a peach,#EatingHealthy, #Hacks, #Fruit, #Peaches You can now slice the peach up and eat it, bake with it, or even do some home canning.

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