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Is there a way to make jelly/jam without sugar?
Pomona's pectin will work for no sugar jams and jellies. I think if you just used straight juice (not concentrated), it would taste kind of like weak jello.
Here is a vid and recipe that uses honey.
I have used Pamona's Pectin with the enclosed calcium water. You can use a frozen grape or apple juice in with your berries (or whatever). You do not need to add any honey, stevia, sugar, etc to that unless you want to. I have done it both ways and Pamona's Pectin is formulated to be able to do this.
This website has a great canning class that I have purchased myself and gone through. WOW! It was so helpful. https://www.schooloftraditionalskills.com/store
Not a jam or jelly but in my opinion much better are fruit butters. No sweetener required, just cook down liquid until thick.
@OhiohillsLouise I found apple butter easier to make than truly firm apple jelly. Anyone starting with preserving apples should start with apple butter, because you'll be more likely to be successful.
Jellies are harder to get right than jams and butters.
Thanks so much Monica! I'll check it out!
I like fruit butters too!
Apple butter yum :) What's you're recipe?
My husbands West Virginia family made apple butter in a copper kettle. They used copper pennies on the bottom to keep the butter from sticking. Apple cider or apple juice was used to get it bubbling until the apples started to cook down. It was done outside over an open fire. It was a family affair and took all day with everybody taking turns stirring. Sugar and cinnamon were added to Grandmas taste.
Everybody brought a jar to take some home and Grandma canned the rest.
We still have the copper kettle and the wood paddle that Grandpa made. Now it is a decoration in my daughters house.
We now make apple butter in a crockpot, no recipe just to taste. It takes about 10 hours.
@rbusby01 and @VermontCathy thanks for letting me go down memory lane.
Hope you enjoy!!!
That's an awesome memory! Sounds like a wonderful family tradition :)