Can I use Truvia or similar sweeteners when making jam or jelly with Pomona’s Pectin?

Yes, Truvia and similar sweeteners can be used in all of our recipes. ½ cup Truvia Baking Blend is equal in sweetness to 1 cup of sugar. So when a recipe calls for a certain amount of sugar, you would use half that amount. For recipes that give a sugar range, pick the amount of sugar you would want to use and then cut it in half for the Truvia Baking Blend.

Truvia Spoonable says that 3/4 teaspoon is equivalent to 2 teaspoons sugar, so if you are using that product, you could use slightly less than half the amount of sugar you would use, or go with half to make it easier and it should be just fine.

The thing to be aware of is that you need to stir the pectin into a minimum amount of sugar or Truvia in order for the pectin to get dispersed adequately. Table 1 below gives you the minimum amounts:

 

TABLE 1
Pectin to add                          Minimum amount of sweetener required
1 teaspoon (or less)                 2 Tablespoons sugar or honey
2 teaspoons                            ¼ cup sugar or honey
3 teaspoons                             3/8 cup sugar or honey
4 teaspoons                             ½ cup sugar or honey
5 teaspoons                            5/8 cup sugar or honey
6 teaspoons                             ¾ cup sugar or honey
7 or 8 teaspoons                      1 cup sugar or honey

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