Monday, February 4, 2008

We Heart Kagome!

We love Kagome juice. LOVE it. One 8-oz. serving is a full adult daily serving of veggies AND fruits. I found it at Whole Foods when Madeline was about one and wanted juice, but I didn't want to give her "liquid sugar". Kagome is spendy at Whole Foods or QFC, but Bartell's often sells it for $2/large bottle and sometimes even less with a coupon. Fred Meyer often has it on sale too. Since I cut it with half water for the kids too, it goes even further. And, I think the varieties of flavors helps develop their diverse (and un-picky) palates!

Mango, red berry, pomegranate, peach, orange blossom, and purple roots n' fruits are favorites. We also make popsicles and "Jelly" (AKA Knox Juice Gelatin Blocks or shapes) with Kagome.

A couple of the flavors that are not the kids' favorites for drinking (but work in recipes) : Red Autumn Fruits (too heavy on red pepper for the kids, but good in soup), Carrot Ginger (strong on the ginger, good if you like that, and good used in Asian recipes or Gingersnaps). We've not tried the tomato-based flavors. Here's a link to Kagome's recipes:

Kagome Juice Knox "Jelly" Blocks

2 envelopes Knox Unflavored Gelatin
1/2 c. cold Kagome juice

1 1/2 c. Kagome juice heated to boiling

1 T. honey or agave necter (optional)

Sprinkle gelatin over cold juice in large bowl; let stand 1 minute. Add hot juice (bring to boil in microwave) and stir until gelatin completely dissolves, about 5 minutes. Stir in sweetener if adding. Pout into 8 x 8 pan and let cool on counter for about 10 minutes. Stir again before popping into fridge. Fridge 'til firm — about 3 hours.

Ruby Pomegranate Harmony Kagome juice is really pretty for red hearts - just cut shapes out of the pan when firm. You can double this recipe and put it in a 9 x 13 pan too.

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