Recipe: Apple Caramel

apple-caramelRecipe of the Month – June
Apple Caramel

Pure vanilla and artificial vanilla are listed as high in histamine, so people with histamine intolerance have to look for substitutes.

Nothing is ever going to taste like vanilla, but there are condiments that can add a sweet ‘zing’ to dishes without the histamine.  Apple caramel is one of these.

Ingredients:

1 liter (approx. 4 cups) of pure, fresh apple juice

Instructions:

  • Pour apple juice into a large saucepan. Place pan over a high heat and bring it to the boil. Turn down the heat and simmer until the liquid decreases in quantity and turns a darker color. This could take between 30-60 minutes depending on the saucepan’s size and how hot it gets.
  • After the first 10 minutes of simmering, make certain you check it frequently to ensure it does not scorch or burn.
    To find out how thick it’s getting, simply stir it with a wooden spoon. The longer it cooks, the thicker the apple caramel will become.
  • When you think it is ready, test it by scooping out a small spoonful, dropping it into a small, chilled bowl or saucer and waiting until it cools down. If it has ‘syrupy’ qualities, it’s ready.  If you want it thicker, cook a little longer.
  • Wearing protective oven mitts, carefully pour this very hot mixture gradually into a ceramic jar or bowl, cover with a lid and  store in the refrigerator.
  • It may have hardened by the time you wish to use it, but if you leave it at room temperature for a while, or place the jar inside a bowl of boiling water, it will melt rapidly.

Use apple caramel as a natural food coloring and flavoring.

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Rooibos Tea

Rooibos tea

Rooibos tea

Rooibos – the delicious, caffeine-free tea that’s rich in antioxidants.

Rooibos tea is one of the beverages considered safe for people with histamine intolerance. Years ago, not many people outside of Africa had heard of it, but these days it’s available in many supermarkets and health food stores around the world.

Rooibos tea, also called “redbush tea”, is made from the leaves of a bush called Aspalathus linearis. The plant is native to the Western Cape province of South Africa.

Wikipedia tells us that, “The tea has a taste and color somewhat similar to hibiscus tea, or an earthy flavor like yerba mate.”

Rooibos tea comes in two types – red and green. They look and taste different. Both are suitable for people with histamine intolerance.  You prepare rooibos tea the same way as ordinary black tea – by infusing the leaves in hot water. You can add milk and sugar if you prefer. or a sprig of mint. It can be enjoyed hot or cold.

The Benefits of Rooibos Tea

  • Rooibos tea does not contain caffeine.
  • It has low tannin levels compared to black tea or green tea.
  • It contains health-giving polyphenols.
  • The processed leaves and stems contain benzoic and cinnamic acids.
  • It is rich in ascorbic acid (vitamin C).
  • It contains antioxidants.
  • It contains quercetin.

References:

[Food Chemistry, Volume 60, Issue 1, September 1997, Pages 73-77. Comparison of the antioxidant activity of rooibos tea (Aspalathus linearis) with green, oolong and black tea. A. Von Gadow, E. Joubert, C.F. Hansmann.]

[Economic Botany, April 1983, Volume 37, Issue 2, pp 164–173 Rooibos tea,aspalathus linearis, a caffeineless, low-tannin beverage. Julia F. Morton]

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