Chutney, Jam, Marmalade Help
I have checked out a dozen home preserving books from the library because I want to make chutney, jam, and marmalade. However, all of the recipes rely heavily on sugar to preserve and I am trying to cut sugar from my diet.
I am not so concerned with being able to can large quantities, so can I just omit the sugar and make refrigerator chutney, jam, and marmalade?
Or, can I use a natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup instead?
Does anyone have any good recipes for chutney, jam, or marmalade without refined sugars?
We are diabetics, so no sugar. I have been using a sugar-free bar syrup (mango flavored) to make my Mango chutney...works great. We are lucky to have a local producer of sugar free syrups, but I would imagine it would not be hard to find. Splenda would probably do as well.
I made a no-sugar-added peach jam for my mother who is diabetic. It came out great. I used a recipe from the Ball Preserving book. The only thing "special" that I had to find was the no-sugar-required Pectin. I used Pomona. I haven't made anything else no-sugar so sorry I can't be of more help.
Check out the Jamlady Cookbook from your library; I think she addresses in some depth preserving with no or low sugar. Plus she covers small-batch preserving extensively.