I and my boys love homemade jams and jellies. They’re a sweet accompaniment to toast, sandwiches, crackers, and so much more. Plus they’re an excellent way to use up the many pounds of produce we get from our local co-op!
What I really dislike about most jams and jellies is that they have to be sweetened with LOTS of white sugar. That sugar is necessary for them to jell.
Since I and my family have been trying to eat more healthfully, regular white sugar is simply not option. It’s one of the worst things for us!
Now there are some pectins out there that you can use to artificially sweeten preserves. But artificial sweeteners are worse for a person than refined sugar, so that wouldn’t work. Which meant I had to say goodbye to jams and jellies.
But then I discovered Pomona’s Universal Pectin. Pomona’s pectin is called universal for a very specific reason. It can make preserves using pretty much any sweetener out there. You can use white sugar and artificial sweeteners with it, yes (though in less quantities), but more importantly you can use natural sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup, xylitol, and stevia!
Pomonoa’s is a business run by Connie and Mary Lou who are sisters. They’ve been in business selling their gluten free, vegan, citrus-based pectin for 33 years.
Calcium powder? I’d never used calcium powder for jam making before, so here’s how my experience went.
After getting the cherries washed, pitted, squished, and measured out into a stockpot, I prepared the calcium water. Following the directions, to get it ready, I added it to some water, making calcium water.
I decided to make this batch using some raw unfiltered honey. The directions said to mix the pectin in with the honey before adding it to the squished cherries. So I mixed it together in the measuring cup then mixed it into the fruit. Next, I added some of the caclium water.
This pectin is awesome! It’s very easy to use, does an amazing job, and makes the honey taste delicious. I love that I am able to make homemade jams and jellies sweetened with real food sweeteners for my kids.
You can purchase Pomona’s Universal Pectin online at www.PomonaPectin.com.