How to Choose Fix A, B, or C: Need to Add More Pectin

This choice is based on the amount of mashed fruit or juice and the amount of sweetener used in the jam/jelly that didn’t jell. It would be helpful to write down:

(1) How much mashed fruit for jam or juice for jelly you started with.
(2) How much total sweetener you put into your jam or jelly.
(3) The amount of pectin specified in the recipe you were using.
(4) The maximum amount of sweetener for the recipe you were using.
(If your recipe didn’t include a sweetener range, the general guideline for sugar is no more than 1/2 the amount of mashed fruit or juice. The general guideline for honey is no more than 1/4 the amount of mashed fruit or juice.)

Choose Fix A, if the total amount of sweetener you used is in the middle to the lower end of the sweetener range, and you are willing to add more sweetener to your jam or jelly.

Choose Fix B, if the total amount of sweetener you used is close to the top or at the top of the sweetener range, or if you don’t want to add more sweetener to your jam or jelly.

Choose Fix C, if the total amount of sweetener you used is more than the maximum amount specified in the sweetener range.

Next determine:
(1) How much jell do you have?
(2) How much pectin do you need to add? The way to determine this is by looking at the jell you have and estimating how much pectin you will need to add to achieve the jell you want.

For example, if you have no jell at all, you will add the full amount of pectin from the recipe you were following. If you have about 25% of the jell you want, add 75% of the amount of pectin called for in the recipe. If you have 50% of the jell you want, add 50% of the amount of pectin called for in the recipe. If you have 75% of the jell you want, add 25% of the amount of pectin called for in the recipe.

Now you are ready to go to Fix A, Fix B, or Fix C and follow the directions.

Or you can go 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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