Sugar Free Jams, Jellies and Butters Any Help?

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by lockedhearts, Sep 2, 2008.

  1. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    Georgia
    I am on a very tight Holiday Budget due to a change in jobs. I am making Jams, Jellies etc.
    BTW, thanks everyone for the great recipes on here.
    My Grandmother and a good friend are diabetic, has anyone made a traditional recipes (jam, jelly, butter (as in apple) using Splenda? Or something else? Just wondering if you can substitute for the sugar or do you have to change other things as well.
    I know with cake it is denser when you use a substitute.
     
  2. werblessd1s

    werblessd1s Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sugar Free Strawberry Jam

    Ingredients
    16 ounces frozen strawberries
    1 1/2 teaspoons plain gelatin
    2 tablespoons cold water
    6-10 packets Splenda sugar substitute (or equivalent in granular form)
    1-2 tablespoon water, if needed

    Directions
    1Thaw strawberries.
    2In a bowl, soften gelatin in 2 tablespoons cold water.
    3If your strawberries are whole, crush them, or chop into small pieces.
    4Place strawberries into a heavy sauce pan, along with any any juices.
    5If they don't have much juice from thawing, add 1-2 tablespoons water.
    6Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until strawberry pieces are softened.
    7Stir in softened gelatin until completely dissoved.
    8Remove from heat and stir in Splenda.
    9Chill well before serving.
    10Note: do not add too much water along with the strawberries, they will probably release enough moisture while heating.
     
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2008
  3. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    Georgia
    Thanks. I may just try to experiment with Apple Jelly and Apple Butter (happen to have a tree that is loaded)
    I know my Grandmother loves Strawberry and Apple.
     
  4. werblessd1s

    werblessd1s Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sugar Free Grape Jelly

    Ingredients
    1/2 cup unsweetened grape juice
    1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
    2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
    1/2 cup cold water
    Directions
    1Bring grape juice and lemon juice to boil; reduce heat and simmer for 4 minutes.
    2While simmering, soak gelatine in cold water until dissolved.
    3Remove juice from heat.
    4Add gelatine to hot grape juice; mix well.
    5When cool, pour into small sterilized containers and refrigerate.
    6Makes 1 1/2 to 2 cups.
     
  5. werblessd1s

    werblessd1s Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sugar Free Crock Pot Apple Butter

    Ingredients
    4 lbs cooking apples, washed, UNPEELED, cored and cut into quarters (12 cups, try MacIntosh, Jonagold, Northern Spy or Gravenstein)
    1/2 cup Splenda granular
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 pinch clove
    1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
    Directions
    1Slice apples into a crock pot. Cook on low until they're very soft, 4-5 hours.
    2Remove from crock pot & press soft apples through a sieve to remove the peels. Stir in the Splenda, cinnamon, cloves and allspice. Return mixture to crock pot and cook another 3-4 hours on low setting. (mixture should reduce to about 4 cups).
    3Spoon into clean jars (those cute little half-pint jelly jars would be perfect),leaving an inch of headroom. Cover with lids & freeze the jars that you want to use later. Store thawed apple butter in the refrigerator.
    4Note: for oven prep, cook apples for 2 hours on 350°F After sieving & adding spices and Splenda, return to oven for another hour.
    5Serving size listed is 1 tablespoon.
     
  6. werblessd1s

    werblessd1s Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sugar Free Pear Butter

    Ingredients
    4 quarts water
    1/2 cup lemon juice, divided
    4 lbs firm ripe pears (about 10 large)
    2/3 cup white grape juice
    2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    1 teaspoon ground cloves
    1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
    8-12 packets sugar substitute
    Directions
    1In a kettle, combine water and 1/4 cup lemon juice.
    2Peel, core and quarter the pears, placing them in lemon juice mixture to retard browning until all have been peeled.
    3Drain liquid in kettle.
    4Add grape juice and remaining lemon juice; bring to a boil.
    5Reduce heat to medium;cook until pears are soft,about [email protected], stirring occasionally.
    6Cool.
    7Press through a sieve or food mill, or process in a blender until smooth.
    8Return puree to kettle.
    9Add spices;cook and stir until very thick;20-35 minutes.
    10Remove from heat; stir in sweetener.
    11Adjust sweetner to taste.
    12Pour into jars or plastic containers.
    13Refrigerate up to 3 weeks.
    14(For longer storage time pour hot into hot jars, leaving 1/4 in. headspace. Process in a boiling~water bath for 10 minutes. Use within 3 weeks of opening) Diabetic Exchanges: One 1-tablespoon serving equals 1/2 fruit.
     
  7. werblessd1s

    werblessd1s Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, I'm done. [​IMG]
    These are all 5 Star rated recipes.
     
  8. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    Georgia
    Thank You So Much!
     
  9. MrsCountryChick

    MrsCountryChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At Walmart they have a sugar substitute for Splenda called Altern. It's the same ingredients as Splenda & but cheaper in price... & tastes no different than name Brand Splenda. Since Walmart has carried this brand it easily sells faster off the shelf than Splenda. [​IMG] Just wanted to mention this money saving tip [​IMG]
     
  10. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    Georgia
    Thanks, I use it all the time. I have not used Sugar regularly in almost 5 years. Having diabetes in the family I used to get the shakes. After cutting out sugar I no longer have issues with shaking from not eating or lightheadedness.
     

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