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Preserving Foods #28: Canned Mock Pineapple (Zucchini)

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 07-29-2013 10:24 AM 2344 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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July 29/13

What to do with all that zucchini??!!
I have shredded and froze it, storing it in batch sizes for zucchini bread; I have made zucchini bread, three times; I have made zucchini brownies, twice; I have fried it; and I have, now, canned it.

Someone on Facebook asked for zucchini recipes and one response was for the mock pineapple. What? Let me think about this …. soak the zucchini in pineapple juice, can it, and then when you need some pineapple for a recipe you use zucchini.
A response to the response was “with all that expense, why not just buy pineapple?” I had to think about that … but then we put a lot of expense into canning jam,when we could just go to the store and buy it.

What ARE the costs and benefits to this method:
Benefits:
1. I’m guessing that shipping costs (financially and environmentally) are better for the canned juice than buying “fresh” that has been shipped across the continent
2. I’m using up my zucchini,
and …
3. I’m using up my zucchini .. haha.

Costs:
1. The can of pineapple juice cost me under $3
2. The bottle of lemon juice cost me also under $3 and I used just over a third
3. The sugar is also under $3/bag and again I used about a third of it
4. The zucchini… we’ll consider it free
5. The electricity cost: well, I’ll have to get back to you on that. Once the smart meter gives me the information I will update this. I did can it during our most expensive usage times grrr. But, if I hadn’t I would have had to wait until the weekend before I had the time/energy combination to get it done.

I’m going to estimate the electricity as $1 … so for $6 I got 8 pints of mock-pineapple. I forgot to price a can of pineapple but I’m thinking the $6 is a good deal.

EDIT: electricity for my entire household during this time frame was $0.60. Total cost probably closer to $5 for the 8 pints.

The Recipe
1 (46 oz) can of pineapple juice
1.5 cups lemon juice
3 cups sugar
4 quarts shredded zucchini (peel it first, to keep the “pineapple” looking yellow instead of green)
  • note: I had extra juice at the end; shred a little extra zucchini and get 9 pints instead of eight.
  • note: you can chop it into chunks as well but shredding is SO much easier, if you have a machine.

Bring it all to a boil and then simmer for 20 minutes.
Prepare/sterilize the pint jars.
Jar and put in boiling water bath for 15 minutes (or equivalent for your elevation).

Taste-Test
I have to wait for this as well. As soon as the jars have cooled off, I will put the extra (the one that is mostly liquid) into the fridge. Tomorrow, I will taste it. Then I’ll have to make some pineapple dessert concoction using my zucchini.

EDIT: I have now tasted it and it tastes like.. hmmmm crushed pineapple!! Even Rick says that is what it tastes like… it is DELICIOUS. I put some on some vanilla ice cream. YUMMY.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)



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posted 07-29-2013 05:03 PM

oh my goodness ….. it is DELICIOUS!!!

It takes just like crushed pineapple. ..... even Rick thinks so. It’s a hit. Now I need more zucchini.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 07-30-2013 03:24 PM

sweet & sour “pineapple” chicken for supper tonight … yummy!!! Thanks, zucchini.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 07-31-2013 04:20 AM

Very interesting! I can imagine it would be fantastic over rice…must try this with coconut sugar or honey (Looks a bit heavy on sugar for me) but fantastically different for sure! I never ever have too much zucchini, as I eat a tone of it as grain-less pasta…Try these too :)

http://www.colorfulcanary.com/2012/10/tasty-tuesday-zucchini-pasta-less-salad.html

-- Xploreorganics, 5b Canada, LFD 06-20 http://colorfulcanary.blogspot.com/

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posted 07-31-2013 05:52 AM

I agree re: lots of sugar but I had to try it “to the recipe” first. For the preserving, I don’t think the sugar is required, it is the acidity of the lemon juice that is vital.

That recipe looks yummy.
I wonder if Rick would eat it. We’ll find out.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 09-06-2013 12:02 PM

Okay, might have to give this a shot. Not sure if I have enough zucchini, though.

I’ve used shredded califlower as grainless rice, and it was fantastic!

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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posted 09-06-2013 03:34 PM

hahah yah, I’m not sure if you have enough!!!!
I will guess 3 batches of the mock pineapple

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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