Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
I remember Grandma Mama would often use fruit as an alternative to sugar in her cooking because she had learned to use them when sugar was scarce. I’ve been using fruit in place of sugar to help get my diabetes under control.
Not long ago we got small boxes of raisins at the food bank. We got 6 single serve boxes. I ate one right away as a snack. Many people don’t want these but I do. I use them to make a spread for my fresh bread instead of using jam.
The recipe is very simple. Put the raisins in a heat proof container. Cover with boiling water and let set overnight to re-hydrate the raisins.
Next day drain off the water but save some. Put the raisins into a food processor or blender and chop them to a fine past. Add just a bit of the water if needed to make it spreadable.
Put into a jar and enjoy your raisin spread. Store in refrigerator.
I don’t know how long it will stay fresh in the fridge because mine doesn’t last long. Those 5 boxes (about 2 cups) made 1/2 pint of spread.