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jesleb Jun 26, 2009 05:14 AM

I'm wondering if anyone has thought on using agave instead of white sugar for strawberry jam.
How important is sugar to the 'setting' process? Is it the sugar as well, or just the pectin that gels the jam?
I'm making my yearly batch of strwb. jam this weekend, but would like to make it without white sugar this year.

Any suggestions?

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  1. Caralien RE: jesleb Jun 26, 2009 06:09 AM

    The answer is both.

    If you are not using sugar, you will probably need to add something that gels (pectin, gelatin, agar agar), or something that will become concentrated pectin (apple juice). The only recipes I found without added gelling agents recommended storage only in the refrigerator or freezer, and were more like preserves than actual jams.

    1. happybellynh RE: jesleb Jun 26, 2009 09:54 AM

      This topic's cousin is on the board right now- "Help! Have you made jam?" about the use of sugar in jam. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/630229

      Yes, sugar is critical unless you're using no-sugar pectin. If you do that, though, you may use your sweetener of choice.

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