Fix A: More pectin needed & you are able/willing to add more sweetener

Use Table 1 below to determine the minimum amount of sweetener required for adequate disbursement of the pectin. Make sure this amount of sweetener will not take you over the maximum amount specified in the recipe. If it does, you must use Fix B. For help with this, see examples below.

Table 1

Pectin to add Minimum amount of sweetener required
1 teaspoon (or less) 2 Tablespoons sugar or honey
2 teaspoon 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

Example 1: If you started with 4 cups of mashed fruit and the total amount of sugar in your mixture is 1 cup, you can add up to 1 cup of sugar with the additional pectin without going over the sugar limit. If you are adding 3 teaspoons of pectin, you must stir it into a minimum of 3/8 cup of sugar, but can use up to 1 cup of sugar.

Example 2: If you started with 4 cups of juice and the total amount of sugar in your mixture is 1 ¾ cups, you can only add up to ¼ cup of sugar with the additional pectin without going over the sugar limit. If you are adding 4 teaspoons of pectin you must stir it into a minimum of ½ cup of sugar, which will put you over the 2-cup sugar limit for 4 cups of juice. In this case, you must use Fix B.

Example 3: If you started with 4 cups of mashed fruit and the total amount of honey in your mixture is ½ cup, you can add up to ½ cup of honey with the additional pectin without going over the honey limit. If you are adding 2 teaspoons of pectin, you must stir it into a minimum of ¼ cup of honey, but can use up to ½ cup of honey.

Fix Your Jam/Jelly: Empty jars into sauce pan. Thoroughly mix the amount of pectin you need into additional sweetener. Bring fruit or juice to a full boil. Add pectin-sweetener. Stir vigorously 1 to 2 minutes to dissolve pectin. If you want to add even more sweetener, you can do that now and stir well to dissolve. When mixture returns to a full boil remove from heat. Jar and process according to the Recipe sheet that comes with Pomona’s Pectin.

This link will take you to the complete page My Jam or Jelly Didn’t Jell — Can I Fix It? if you haven’t seen it yet and want to read more about possible problems and their solutions.

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