Tomato-Shrimp Aspic is jelled with Pomona’s Pectin. Pomona’s Pectin contains no sugar or preservatives. See below for where to buy.
Before You Begin:
Prepare calcium water. To do this, combine ½ teaspoon calcium powder (in the small packet in your box of Pomona’s pectin) with ½ cup water in a small, clear jar with a lid. Shake well. Extra calcium water should be stored in the refrigerator for future use.
Tomato-Shrimp Aspic Ingredients
1/3 cup diced scallions
1/3 cup diced celery
1/3 cup diced green pepper
4¼ oz. drained, cooked shrimp
1 bay leaf
paprika, garlic, red or black pepper, celery salt, tarragon, all to taste
1 Tablespoon butter
3 cups tomato juice
3 teaspoons calcium-water
3 teaspoons Pomona’s Pectin powder
Tomato-Shrimp Aspic Directions
1. Saute vegetables, shrimp, and herbs in butter; remove bay leaf; arrange in a mold.
2. Measure tomato juice into sauce pan.
3. Add calcium water and stir well.
4. Bring tomato juice to a full boil. Turn off heat.
5. Put 1 cup boiling tomato juice in cup for immersion blender, or in food processor, or in blender. Add pectin. It is very important to vent the lid (if there is one) to let steam out. Don’t use an enclosed blender that can’t be vented. Blend for 10 seconds, then stop and scrape down the sides so all pectin clumps are in or on the liquid. Blend for a full minute until all powder is totally dissolved.
6. Return tomato juice in pan to a boil. Add the pectinized tomato juice and stir to distribute the pectin throughout all the juice.
7. Pour hot juice over vegetables and shrimp in mold. Let cool then refrigerate until set. Unmold onto bed of lettuce.
For a vegetarian or vegan aspic, omit the shrimp.
It is fine to vary the seasoning according to your own taste.
For more inspiring recipe ideas, see Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin: The Revolutionary Low-Sugar, High-Flavor Method for Crafting and Canning Jams, Jellies, Conserves, and More by Allison Carroll Duffy and the Pomona’s Partners, published by Fair Winds Press, June 2013, and available in paper or ebook everywhere books are sold.
Pomona’s Pectin is available at your local natural food store, food co-op, and many farm stands. Find it also at Sur La Table and a growing number of more conventional grocery stores with natural food sections (Wegmans, Hy-Vee, Rosauers, Nugget Markets, Coborns, Fairway, and others). If you can’t find a store near you on our store locator, you can order from our website or many other online sellers.