How to make jam without sugar?

Even if we know we’re going to enjoy it, the amount of sugar contained in a jar of jam makes us think twice before diving into it. If only it were possible to prepare jam without adding sugar…

Basically, jam is half fruit and half sugar. Sugar is of course what will make jam a preparation for gourmands! But it is also and above all a means of preservation. So, how to prepare a jam full of gluttony and that you can keep for a while without sugar?

Jam without added sugar, but with a bit of technique

To obtain a jam full of flavor, while doing without this essential ingredient in the recipe that is sugar, you will have to be cunning!

A jam made from fruit juice

If you want to make strawberry jam without sugar, you can take inspiration from professional techniques rather than your dear grandmother’s recipe. Even if her own jams are delicious, like her interpretation of Christmas jam, we know that excessive sugar is not ideal for your health.

To make a sugar-free jam recipe, the chefs will use reduced fruit juice. To do this, boil 1 L of fruit juice (preferably organic) to obtain a light syrup. This syrup will serve as the basis for your sugar-free plum jam recipe, for example. Then add a gelling agent such as agar-agar or pectin. Some recipes even suggest using chia seeds. Finally, pour still hot into a jar of jam sterilized and keep cool.

Homemade jam – © sahaart

Use a natural ingredient

You can make a light jam by simply bringing the fruit to a boil and adding the juice of one lemon. Boiling will allow release pectin naturally present in fruits.

Some fruits are particularly endowed with it, such as apples, raspberries, currants, blackcurrants, quince, plums and even citrus fruits.

Copy on this famous chef, making orange jam without sugar ! To do this, cook an orange peel in a saucepan with a little water. Remove the skin and add a spoonful of mineral water to the cooking water. Stir vigorously and after a few moments you will obtain a gelled texture.

Do a sugar-free and natural jam is therefore entirely possible. However, it will not keep like a traditional jam like our apple-ginger jam recipe.

Nevertheless, cool and in a tightly closed jar, they can be kept for two or three months before opening.

Other ways to cook jam without sugar

Lemon marmalade

sugar free jam

Lemon marmalade – © Stepanek Photography

Did you love our lemon jam recipe? Test without hesitation its sugar-free equivalent by replacing it with a sweetener such as erythritol found in organic stores. In a saucepan, pour 12 g of erythritol, 25 g of lemon juice, 75 g of water and 2 g of agar-agar. Add the zest and why not some spices. Boil, stirring vigorously with a whisk. In two minutes, you will have a marmalade without sugar! To consume very quickly.

Fig jam without sugar

It is true that jams can be made with a little less sugar than in traditional recipes, as is the case for this recipe for green tomato jam. It is also possible to replace sugar with honey which will be added in less quantity.

To make a sugar-free fig jam, the day before, macerate 1 kg of figs cut into pieces with 4 tablespoons of water and 4 tablespoons of honey. The day after, boil the water for 2 minutes and lower the heat. let simmer 1 hour stirring occasionally.

For preservation, add the juice of a lemon at the end of cooking and transfer to a sterilized jar. You can use this recipe with other fruits and adapt our melon jam recipe, for example, which is just as good, but without sugar!

Banner illustration: Sugar-free jam recipe – © Dani Vincek

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