Question of the day: What do you do with the juice left in your jars of canned peaches, pears, nectarines, cherries, etc.?
In our house if Jamey is around, he drinks it. But if he's not, I must confess, I dump it down the drain. Even though we use the "extra light" syrup option, I still envision all that sugar going down my children's throats. Plus, we're not juice-drinkers anyway, so it's not something the kids ask for.
That said, when I read Zoë's post about making homemade gelatin from leftover canned fruit juice, I got excited about the idea. Don't ask me how this is different than just letting my kids drink it, because it's not, but I thought the idea was fun and since we're not usually jello-eaters either, this would be something special.
The kids loved it.
I made the gelatin using nectarine juice (from canned nectarines) following Zoë's recipe exactly (you can find it here). It turned out really well- it was plenty jello-y, rivaling the boxed variety just fine. The recipe calls for orange juice concentrate and I happened to have some left over from when company was here, but I thought the orange flavor over-powered the nectarine flavor a bit. Next time, I'll try it without the concentrate. Her recipe also suggested adding chopped fruit, which I didn't do, but that addition would have made it healthier and all-round yummier.
So, what do you do with the leftover juice?
I know I'm going to learn a thing or two from you all. I always do:-).