I've made all the zucchini bread I care to make already this season ... so what to do with this big ol' Zuke besides feed it to the chickens? I know.... make some pineapple! Mock Pineapple that is ... a recipe given to me many many moons ago by my Aunt Eunice.
Start by peeling off all the green skin.
Next: Slice that big bugger in half lengthwise and gut out the seeds.
A big spoon works great for this.
I could just toss these into a greased pan with some browned hamburger and rice, top with some marinara sauce and cheese and pop in the oven for an hour and call it supper BUT not today ~ today is pineapple day.
So ... back on track ... making the mock pineapple:
The next step is cutting the two halves into strips ~
into diced up chunks ... about the size of chunked pineapple you get in a can from the store
Put the chunked up zucchini into a large enough kettle and add:
1-1/2 Cups of Lemon Juice
3 Cups of Sugar
1 - 46 oz. can of Pineapple Juice
(minus the glass of juice I poured for myself to drink)
Put it on the stove ... medium heat ... bring to a boil ... turn down and simmer for 20 minutes.
Oh my gosh ... talk about aromatherapy when this is cooking. My kitchen smells divine! If I could bottle up that smell and make it into perfume I'd be stinking rich!
After the 20 minute simmer ...
Ladle into pint jars. Add your lids and rings ... hot water bath for another 20 minutes.
~ Mock Pineapple ~
You use it in recipes wherever you would have used the canned pineapple purchased from the store. No one will be the wiser. It's great in a pineapple upside down cake :)
Out of that one big zucchini I got 6 pint jars of mock pineapple.
Until next time ...
So it goes in my neck of the woods.