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Making Your Own Sugar Free Jam

By: Mary Williams BA (hons) - Updated: 28 Jun 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Sugar Free Sugar Jam Fruit Pectin

From the smell of the bubbling fruit to the pleasure of spooning the liquid into gleaming, clean jars, there is something very satisfactory about making your own sugar free jam. Perhaps it’s the sense of really creating your own product or perhaps it’s the idea that you are storing good, wholesome food away, ready to be consumed well into the future.

Traditionally, jam is made with high quantities of sugar. This not only helps the cooking process but also serves to preserve and make it a long life product.

Sugar free jam can be made as a great alternative, however, and if recipes are followed carefully will be just as delicious as more standard varieties.

In terms of storage, however, you might find it does not keep quite as long. To maximise the time it will last, ensure you have cleaned and sterilised your jam jars thoroughly before use and that they really are air tight and their lids are sealed properly.

Fruit Juice Instead Of Sugar

Fruit juice is a great sweetener in jam but you may need to add a little ready made pectin to help the liquid set. Pectin is an ingredient that is naturally found in fruits (particularly orange or lemon peel). It acts as a gelling agent and is present in special jam making sugar.

Added pectin isn’t always essential, however, when making jam. Some fruits, such as apples, blackcurrants, plums and gooseberries are naturally high in it. The more pectin there is in a fruit, the higher the sugar required. Therefore, for no or low sugar jam, it’s probably best to start with a lower pectin fruit, such as strawberry or blackberry.

Sugar Free Blackberry Jam

This is a delicious English country recipe with a wonderful fruity flavour. Add liquid pectin to help it set well.

Ingredients:

  • 6lbs (2.7kg) blackberries
  • 1/2 (250ml) pint water
  • The rind and juice of 2 lemons
  • One pint (500ml) of apple juice
  • 1lb (0.5kg) sweet apples
  • Liquid pectin (according to manufacturer’s instructions)

Method:

Wash your fruit thoroughly and remove any leafs or bits of stalk. Core and peel your apples. Place in large pan with your water, lemon rind and juice, and apple juice. Bring to the boil and simmer for about three-quarters of an hour, scrapping off the scum from time to time. Also stir once in a while to prevent it from sticking. Add liquid pectin then boil for a minute or two. Remove from the heat. Pour into clean jam jars and leave to cool and set.

Jam With Added Sweetener

Some ready-made sugar replacement products, such as both natural and artificial sweeteners, can be used when making sugar free jam. It is essential to read the manufacturer’s instructions first, however. For natural powdered sugar replacement products try your local health food store.If suitable, simply use the sweetener instead of sugar. Some recipes, however, also call for added gelatin or pectin to ensure setting occurs. Here’s a simple recipe for strawberry jam with sweetener.

Ingredients:

  • 6lbs (2.7kg) strawberries
  • 3lbs sweetener if it can be used as sugar, otherwise to manufacturer’s instructions
  • 1/2 (250ml) pint water
  • The rind and juice of lemons
  • 1.5 tsp powdered gelatin (or vegetarian equivalent)
  • An extra tbs or two of water

Method:

Rinse your strawberries and remove any pieces of leaf or stalk. Place in large pan with your water, lemon rind and juice. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes, scrapping off the scum from time to time. Also stir once in a while to prevent it from sticking. Stir in your sweetener until dissolved. Dissolve your gelatin in a tbs or two of cold water. Stir into the hot mixture. Remove from the heat. Pour into clean jam jars and leave to cool and set.

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Taste of Self Suffic - Your Question:
If some fruits are high in pectin why do they need high sugar content in jams? I imagined that pectin and sugar both pay the role of aiding setting, so high pectin would mean less sugar needed not more.

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There's a great explanation this article by Andy Connolly
SugarFreeRecipes - 29-Jun-17 @ 12:35 PM
If some fruits are high in pectin why do they need high sugar content in jams? I imagined that pectin and sugar both pay the role of aiding setting, so high pectin would mean less sugar needed not more.
Taste of Self Suffic - 28-Jun-17 @ 1:36 PM
Lakeland sell a low or no-sugar powdered pectin.It is made by Ball and comes in a small green and white tub.It is kept in the section with lots of other preserving things.
Claire - 25-May-17 @ 10:00 AM
What sweetner is best for jam as a diabetic all sweetners taste different when added with other ingredients?
Wassy - 12-Oct-16 @ 3:47 AM
Morrisons and Asda both sell Pectin in powder form. or you could use gelatin to help the jam/jelly set. With Blackcurrants I would be tempted to use gelatin to make a jelly type spread as the fruit is full of pectin so will need quite a lot of sweetener anyway. When using sweetener like Canderel remember 10g=100g of sugar.
Dave - 6-Sep-16 @ 5:42 PM
How can i make my green gooseberry jam set, its way too runny and looks like juice instead of jam
winchestergirl - 25-Aug-16 @ 6:48 PM
I would like recipes for sugar freeorangemarmalade and lemon curd if possible. Can I use some artificial sweetener instead of the sugar? These are the only 2 jams I likebut am diabetic and cannot have sugar.
wilf - 9-May-16 @ 10:21 AM
Has anyone got a recipe for seville orange marmalade useing a alternative to sugar. Looking forward to suggestions.
Diabetic - 13-Jan-16 @ 8:04 PM
Please help I need to make sugar free jam I have loads of black currants ,I need it to be sugar free as we have diabetes thank you
Lucky - 30-Jul-15 @ 9:54 PM
@jakjak and @luke. For gooseberry jam follow the section recipe above but substitute gooseberries. For the blackcurrant jam, follow the blackberry recipe.you may need some sweetener in this one depending on the sweetness of your other ingredients.
SugarFreeRecipes - 30-Jun-15 @ 10:49 AM
hello folks, would like to try the gooseberry no sugar jam, where can I find this please thanking you in advance jakjak
jakjak - 26-Jun-15 @ 12:46 PM
I want to make sugar free Black current jam. Can you help?
Luke - 25-Jun-15 @ 11:35 AM
HI, I would like to make jam with no added sugar, using fruit juice concentrate instead but cannot find any "no added sugar pectin" in the UK. would you know where I can buy the no added sugar pectin or order it in the UK? Thank you, laura
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