Ball? RealFruitTM Low or No-Sugar-Needed Pectin – Flex Batch 4.7 oz.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars first time canner, perfect jam every time August 12, 2011
I am new to canning, just got into it this summer and so far I have made three 8-jar batches of jam (8 jars blueberry and 16 jars strawberry) using this Ball low-sugar pectin. I got perfect results every time, it jelled up firmly immediately upon cooling. I am very surprised by the other reviewers whose jam did not set at all. I used the recipes and proportions from the Ball website – they have a great pectin/fruit/sugar calculator based on how many jars you want to make [...]. Maybe there is a problem with this product working with people’s old tried and true recipes, but if you follow the recipes on the Ball website, you will get a perfect jam with this pectin! I like that this pectin comes in a larger container so you can just measure out the exact amount you need (using the Ball website proportions!) and screw the lid back on, without dealing with partial boxes. One container got me 24 jars of jam, so I also think this comes out to be more economical than buying boxes of sure-gel.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only real option for no sugar, sets well August 16, 2011
By Kathleen Pendleton
I’m not sure why others complain that this doesn’t set. Mine all set just fine. I’ve used it for the last two years with great results. Not only can you use only the pectin you need for the size batch you want to make, but it is truly flexible with sugar levels. I ran out recently and used Sure-Jell’s “low sugar” pectin. I was appalled that I had to used 3 cups of sugar when I was using only fruit juice or a third of a cup of sugar with the same recipe and Ball pectin.
The color is beautiful and it tastes like summer in the middle of winter.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worked well, very low sugar October 7, 2011
I had both this pectin and the Sure-Jell in my cupboard and made several batches of peach jam. Both set well, except – because of my own mistake – the first batch from the Ball was way too thick. I had thought it would have the same instructions as the Sure-Jell, and halfway through realized it didn’t and tried to fix it… All the other batches – Sure-Jell and Ball both – turned out with a great texture. I’m wondering if those that had a problem with it setting were trying to use other recipes.
Takes 3 cups of sugar per box of pectin (1.75 oz) – yield 6-8 half-pints
Because there’s more sugar, it’s got a more ‘jam’ flavor and for me was slightly softer and some would prefer
Only uses 1/3 C juice, plus up to 1/3 C sugar (optional) per pint of finished jam. Package is 4.7 oz, I can’t recall exactly what I figured, but I think it was ~5 half-pints yield for the equivalent amount of pectin to a box of Sure-Jell (for canned – I didn’t check freezer). Which makes sense – less sugar = needs more pectin.
Tastes more like eating fresh fruit since it isn’t as sweet.
All in all, both made great jam, but I personally prefer the Ball because I like things less sweet and it tastes fresher.