With ever increasing awareness about the negative effects that the palm oil industry is having on the environment, it remains a great shame that more and more everyday products seem to contain it. However, as companies are permitted to list it as "vegetable oil" in their ingredients consumers are unable to make an informed decision.
The worst thing for many consumer-level palm oil activists is not just the fact that basic products contain it, but also that those rare indulgences are now a thing of the past with palm oil found (but listed as vegetable oil) in all kinds of treats including chocolate, sweets, ice cream and numerous types of biscuit. So, at A-Z Animals we have prepared a number of palm oil free recipes for you to enjoy!
Treat 11: Strawberry Jam
1.8 kg small strawberries
1.8 kg jam sugar
juice of 3 lemons
knob of butter
Wash and remove the tops from the strawberries and place whole in a mixing bowl.
Cover the fruit with the sugar and lemon juice and mix gently but well.
Place a dry tea towel over the bowl and leave in a cool, dry place overnight.
Pour the strawberry mixture into a large, heavy pan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved.
Once the sugar has completely dissolved, turn the heat up and boil for 4 - 5 minutes before removing from the hob.
Leave to cool slightly before adding the butter and leave to cool for 20 minutes before putting the jam into sterilised jars.
It can be kept for 3 months in a cool, dry cupboard (providing you do not open the jar).