If a Pomona’s Pectin recipe is written specifically for sugar or specifically for honey, can I substitute one for the other? How much should I use for equivalent sweetness?

Yes, you can substitute honey for sugar or sugar for honey in a Pomona’s Pectin recipe written specifically for one or the other. Honey is sweeter than sugar, so you use less of it when substituting for sugar. Conversely, when substituting sugar for honey, you will use more sugar to achieve the same sweetness. See equivalency table below.

Sugar-Honey Equivalency Table

Note: This is a “more or less” equivalency.

½ cup sugar = ¼ cup honey (or other liquid sweetener like agave or maple syrup)

¾ cup sugar = 1/3 cup honey (or other liquid sweetener like agave or maple syrup)

1 cup sugar = ½ cup honey (or other liquid sweetener like agave or maple syrup)

1½ cups sugar = ¾ cup honey (or other liquid sweetener like agave or maple syrup)

2 cups sugar = 1 cup honey (or other liquid sweetener like agave or maple syrup)

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