What can I do with failed jelly?
DEAR PEGGY: I tried making reduced-sugar grape jelly last summer because my husband is diabetic. The jelly never really set well, so now we have lots of grape syrup!!! Any ideas? &mdashS. P., Hopkinsville, KY
That's too bad that your jelly didn't set up. I've had the same thing happen to me, and it's really disappointing after all of that work. Here are a few ideas:
- Use it as a sauce over sugar-free ice cream, fresh fruit or angel food cake.
- Use it as a glaze over a fruit tart (brush it right over the fruit to give the fruit a beautiful shine and some extra sweetness).
- Mix it with peanut butter and serve it on whole-wheat toast for breakfast or a snack — like a PBJ in one! OR Mix it with reduced-fat cream cheese and serve it on a toasted whole-wheat bagel for breakfast.
- Stir 1-2 tablespoons into tomato-based chili and tomato sauces — much like you would add a bit of brown sugar to counter the acidity of the tomatoes.
- Stir some into plain yogurt to add sweetness and flavor.
I hope some of those ideas sound appealing to you or at least spark some other ideas!