If you would like to make jam or jelly yourself, but don’t have any preserving sugar at home, you have a few alternative options as a substitute. In this kitchen tip, we will tell you which foods are also suitable for preparation.
The best substitute for jam sugar
Ready-made jams and jellies usually contain a large amount of sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. That’s why it makes sense to just make them yourself. If you don’t want to use jam sugar for this or don’t have one at home, you can choose from some of the following alternatives:
- Apple Pectin Pectin is a natural gelling agent. Some fruits, like apples, contain a lot of it, which is why they set faster. You can add apple pectin to fruits that do not contain as much pectin.
- Citric Acid – Squeezing the juice out of a lemon and gently adding it to your fruit will gel it. If the pectin content of the fruit is high, you only need a little citric acid.
- Agar Agar – This variant is a vegan alternative to jam sugar. It consists of seaweed and works just as well if you stir your fruit constantly after adding the agar agar.
- Locust Bean Gum- This variant is also used as a thickening agent because it is very moisture-binding.
- Flax or Chia Seeds – The seeds are the perfect alternative to jam sugar if you want to make your jam without cooking. In the next chapter, we will show you how you can best achieve this.
- Gelierfix – The Gelierfix consists of apple pectin, potato starch, and citric acid and contains no undesirable additives. In addition, it is vegan.
Make jam yourself – without cooking and with chia seeds
For this recipe, you will need 200 grams of fruit, 2-3 tablespoons of sugar, 2 tablespoons of chia seeds or flaxseeds, 1-2 tablespoons of citric acid, and a smoothie blender.
- First, wash the fruit and then chop it up.
- Now put all the ingredients in the blender.
- Then you should put the blender on the highest level for 2-3 minutes and puree everything well.
- The finished jam can then be filled into a suitable container.