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Old 04-05-2013, 05:57 AM   #1
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Making strawberry jam...help please!

I made my first batch last night and it is so yummy! But it is also very very sweet. The recipe on the pectin box calls for 7 cups of sugar...would it mess up the jam if I add less? Like 5 1/2-6 cups? Would it still set, or would it be runny?

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Old 04-05-2013, 10:05 AM   #2
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Re: Making strawberry jam...help please!

I've only ever made strawberry freezer jam, but I love it so much I don't want to make any other kind! It uses 1 cup sugar to 4 cups of mashed strawberries (plus instant pectin). Here are my instructions for that.
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Re: Making strawberry jam...help please!

You need to use low/no sugar pectin then... We are going sugar free in our house (or trying!) so I will be be making friut spread with no sugar (or anything like it - stevia, ect...). I did lots of research

ETA: It is okay to do whatever you want with freezer jam but if you can them make sure to follow guidliness We do not make freezer jam - we like canning!

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Re: Making strawberry jam...help please!

I do not like sweet jam and don't like to add any pectin, so I've gone the freezer jam route with strawberry jam. It just meets our needs better. I add maybe 3 cups of sugar to an entire flat of strawberries, and then use the small freezable mason jars
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As PPs have said, your best options would be low sugar pectin or going with freezer jam. I have successfully reduced sugar in my jams a few times, but about half the time, they don't set. I've switched to using low sugar pectin if I want to alter the recipe.
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