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Friday, June 14, 2013

The Secret of Gel...

What's the secret behind making jam and jellies actually gel?

Answer: Pectin, sugar and acidity.  Additionally, you have to be careful not to overcook your jam or the gel will break down.  Pectin is naturally found some fruits. Pectin can also be purchased and added to the recipe. We learned earlier this week that sugar helps to preserve jams and jellies. However, acidity, as well as pectin and sugar, is also needed to achieve the perfect gel.

Well actually, this answer is only sort of correct...it is possible to make jam without sugar and without added pectin. There are high acidity jams. If you want to step out of the traditional pectin box and sugar container, then I invite you to visit http://www.nwedible.com/2012/08/how-to-make-pectin-free-jam.html.

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