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IMNAHA
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10/20/11 6:39 P

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I use ball low sugar pectin with splenda. It tastes good but is not qiite as firm as using white sugar.

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7/8/11 6:57 A

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Hi All...I use the regular pectin and only use half of the sugar called for...Real Sugar...
I cook it longer so the temperature will go much higher, almost to the syrup stage. (approx 218-220)
Thickens just fine.
On whole grain toast or whole grain English Muffin, it doesn't seem to affect my BS.

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7/7/11 2:59 P

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Wow! great topic! I was thinking of using splenda for my berry rhubarb jam I make.


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7/2/11 1:06 A

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Try no-sugar pectin, plus stevia; the newer formulations of stevia taste better. Also in jam xylitol would be fine.

Splenda is the commercial brand name for sucralose. FYI, sucralose is a chlorocarbon, and according to many medical doctors it is poisonous.

For ones that sugar is ok, I'm going to try rapadura (organic whole cane sugar) in some of mine, and stevia and xylitol in the rest (non-sugar ones).

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7/1/11 9:29 P

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I have only done sugarless canning for the last 3 years. I use Splenda since I'm low carbing.
It is still hit or miss for me, but I have actually had only 1 true failure and that was with my grape sauce last year and it formed "sugar crystals" . the trick with Splenda is getting it to dissolve in the hot fruit, it wants to lump up. In the past I have just added tiny bits at a time, but this year I'm going to try adding it to a little fruit flavored water or fruit juice then adding that to the hot mixture. If you can get it dissolved you should be good to go. You may want to use a little less that the amount of sugar the recipe calls for. I also do use the sugarless suregel but plan on trying other things on that front this year also.
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7/1/11 8:35 P

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Sorry - Putting Food By - a book about preserving all kinds of food that is pretty authoritative -

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7/1/11 5:46 P

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What is PFB? My crazy little mind is coming up with all sorts of possibilities, none of which make any sense...
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7/1/11 4:52 P

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I'm sorry- the link worked when I posted it, but it seems to have disappeared -

I think the directions were something like this:

1 packet unflavored gelatin
1 lb strawberries
1 cup water (check directions on gelatin to see if this water should be hot or cold)
stevia or sweetener, if desired

soften gelatin in water
cook strawberries in a little water until their juices flow, and mash them as usual
if you are using sweetener, add it now
add softened gelatin to strawberries and mix well

pour into sterilized jars and process in B-W bath

I would think this would set up...I have altered the directions a bit, because the original involved cooking the strawberries and gelatin for 5-10 minutes (at a boil) and a teammate on the other team said that the mixture didn't set up - I questioned cooking the gelatin that long when I read the recipe -

There are instructions for using gelatin in PFB (pp. 286-89 in my edition):
(and I should have checked...)

PFB notes that these jellies/jams are perishable and should be refrigerated after processing (although the instructions for apple butter do not include gelatin, just artificial sweetener)

There are instructions for the following:

Diet Peach Jam
Apple Butter
Frozen Diet Raspberry Jam
Sugarless Apple Jelly
Blackberry Jam
Diet Grape Jam
Sugarless Strawberry Jam
Grape Jelly from Frozen Concentrate

The Ball Book ( Complete Book of Home Preserving) says that Splenda can be used in freezer jams, and recommends that, if you are canning whole fruit, can it in water and then add sweetener to taste when you serve it -

I can post instructions for the PFB jams next week if anyone is interested -



Edited by: KAKIPOPUP at: 7/1/2011 (17:14)
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7/1/11 8:28 A

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Link didn't work for me either.

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I tried the link and Google didn't like it...

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A teammate on the low-carb team I am on posted this link:

www.google.com/base/a/1468990/D10678300592
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This jam uses plain gelatin as the thickener -

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It's never too late to be or do what you might have been or done!

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7/1/11 3:59 A

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I have been thinking about using sugar substitutes but have not tried yet. I am also very interested to see if any body has tried this with success.


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6/30/11 2:47 P

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I've been thinking about using concentrated apple juice to add to making strawberry jam or rhubarb jam. I hate to experiment with the price of food as high as it is. Aldi's has a pound of strawberries for a dollar, maybe I'll try it.

"Food is not just something you pull off a shelf-it has a life force to it." Dr. Oz


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6/30/11 8:01 A

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This is a topic that interests me as well. I have stopped using sugar in my diet as a personal preference but I miss the occasional jam on my toast. I have not been very successful with artificial sweetners in jams and jellies. The only sweetner I use is Stevia and my recent attempt at rhubarb/strawberry sauce was a failure.

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If you don't use pectin, you need less sugar, too - I'm going to be experimenting with Splenda and Xanthan Gum for thickening (if needed) this summer because I'm watching my carbs - does anybody have any tips?

Also, I guess the sugar is also a preservative - will Splenda have the same effect?

Edited by: KAKIPOPUP at: 6/30/2011 (11:31)
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It's never too late to be or do what you might have been or done!

Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could be any different---MEZZOANGEL

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6/29/11 10:20 P

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I use Ball brand no sugar pectin, but I add a scant cup of sugar or even a little less honey. I have not cared much for the flavor when I've used no other sweetener. I'm not sure what the secret is to that. Jam sets a little better with sugar than with honey, but not hugely better. I have tried other brands of no sugar pectin, and like Ball the best.

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has anyone had any luck making low sugar jam?

i was wonduring if anyone used honey or sucant instead of white sugar. most recipies ssem to have more sugar then berries.


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