[NAFEX] pectin jell

Jacquelyn Kuehn jakuehn at verizon.net
Fri Aug 29 10:22:13 EDT 2008


I might have missed this comment, but in addition to making small  
batches, cooking them in a broad, open pan, such as a skillet, makes a  
big difference, I guess because it allows for quick evaporation.
Jacquelyn A. Kuehn
Musician, writer
http://www.pennsacreskitchen.net
www.wmugradio.org
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> Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2008 17:17:35 -0400
> From: Ginda Fisher <list at ginda.us>
> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Pectin jell
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> My experience with sugar-syrup recipes (jam, butter-cream frosting,  
> lemon
> curd) is that the only way to boil it just right is to do it several  
> times
> and learn what it looks and feels like when it's reached the right
> temperature.  Unless you make much larger batches than I it's very  
> hard to
> get the thermometer fully in the juice/syrup, and even if you do, it's
> troublesome to have it sticking out from the smooth interior of the pot
> when you need to stir constantly.
>
> I find all sugar syrup recipes to be unreliable until I have made them
> successfully 3-4 times, which is about what it takes me to learn to
> recognize when it's 'done'.
>
> Once I master a particular recipe, though, I get consistent results.   
> I am
> especially fond of my red-currant jelly, which is made of red currant  
> juice
> and sugar.  (nothing else)
> ...... Original Message .......
> On Wed, 27 Aug 2008 14:33:32 -0500 Bob Randall
> <YearRoundGardening at comcast.net> wrote:
>> I don't know the answer for sure, but based on years doing marmalade,  
>> it
> is possible you didn't get the boiling correct.  Many recipes say this  
> or
> that about how long or much.  If you didn't learn this from someone  
> who had
> it figured out, the best way is to use a "candy" thermometer which will
> tell you when you have reached the jelly stage.  If it still doesn't  
> jell,
> then its pectin or sugar is the problem. But for certain if you didn't  
> get
> it to the right temperature, you won't get it to harden just right.   
> If you
> do it too long, you will get something more like peanut brittle.  All  
> three
> types taste good.
>>
>> Bob Randall
>> On Aug 27, 2008, at 12:59 PM, Mark & Helen Angermayer wrote:
>>
>>
>> This may be a question asked before, but was wondering what went wrong
> with our jam making?  Made a batch of peach jam and used 75% of the  
> sugar
> that the recipe called for.  Used "Ball" brand pectin and followed all
> other instructions, which called for boiling the jam hard for one  
> minute.
> Then hot packed the jam.  Problem is, the jam didn't set up as firm as  
> I
> thought it should.  Although the flavor is excellent, it's the  
> consistency
> is thinner than I'd like.  About the consistancy of thick honey.   
> Thought
> maybe using less sugar caused it not to jell.  But then we made another
> batch of jam, this time with some strawberries left over in the  
> freezer.
> This time we used the full amount of sugar on the recipe.  Again the  
> jam
> didn't firm up real good (although it's slightly firmer than the peach  
> jam).
>>
>> My question, what caused the jam not to jell well?  I know a lot of  
>> folks
> recommend Pomona's pectin, which is what I should have used, but we  
> used
> what was available at the time.  Is Ball pectin a really bad product?
> Would it have helped if we would have boiled the jam longer?
>>
>> Mark
>> KS
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> Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2008 14:42:44 -0700
> From: "Stephen Sadler" <Docshiva at Docshiva.org>
> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Pectin jell
> To: "'North American Fruit Explorers'" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
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> I'm guessing you're not at altitude - there doesn't seem to be much of  
> that
> in KS.
>
>
>
> Your jam should be done when it reaches 7 degrees above the boiling  
> point of
> water - probably 219, but may vary with barometric pressure.   
> Regardless,
> see what the thermometer you'll be using will register in boiling  
> water,
> then add 7 degrees for your jam.  Visually, the jam should begin to  
> hold its
> shape in a spoon.
>
>
>
> You may be using too much fruit, or too-ripe.  If it's too ripe,  
> you'll need
> more pectin.  If it's too much, you'll need less fruit.  If you can  
> find
> recipes that measure the fruit by weight rather than volume, that may  
> help.
> If you're trying to perfect a recipe, weigh the fruit it calls for so  
> you
> can make educated changes and create a reliable recipe.  It's not  
> unusual to
> want to vary even a successful recipe for your own conditions and  
> taste.
>
>
>
> If a closely followed recipe fails, you may want to try a different  
> recipe,
> rather than try to alter that one.  Once you get a really good eye for
> what's-gelled-to-what-point - and that's different for jams vs.  
> jellies -
> then you can vary things on your own with more confidence.  It can be  
> more
> cost effective to vary small batches, so you can test your changes  
> without a
> big investment of ingredients.
>
>
>
> Ball pectin and recipes are very consistent and work for most people  
> for
> most batches - but every home canner has his share of failures.   
> Terminology
> can be important though - a thin jam might be called a "delicious fruit
> topping" rather than a "failure."  Likewise, there are canners who  
> never
> know if they're making syrup or jelly until it sets up.
>
>
>
> Lately I've become appalled at the prices of ingredients like pectin  
> (and
> baking yeast) and buy them in bulk.  Here's where I get my pectin:
> http://www.cattailcreekfarm.com/Baking%20Needs.htm
>
>
>
> It's a pretty forgiving pectin, and will work for freezer or regular  
> jams;
> still, I notice differences as I vary recipes.  I've been doing very  
> small
> batches using the jam setting for my bread machine.  I started with  
> the jam
> recipes from Beth Hesperger's The Bread Lover's Bread Machine  
> Cookbook.  She
> uses the same machine I do, so the reliability of the recipes is  
> excellent
> for me - as it is in general.  She likes her jams tarter and runnier  
> than I
> do; it was a simple adjustment to increase the sugar and pectin, and  
> safe to
> experiment with such small batches.
>
>
>
> ~ Stephen
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
> [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Mark & Helen
> Angermayer
> Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2008 11:00 AM
> To: North American Fruit Explorers
> Subject: [NAFEX] Pectin jell
>
>
>
> This may be a question asked before, but was wondering what went wrong  
> with
> our jam making?  Made a batch of peach jam and used 75% of the sugar  
> that
> the recipe called for.  Used "Ball" brand pectin and followed all other
> instructions, which called for boiling the jam hard for one minute.   
> Then
> hot packed the jam.  Problem is, the jam didn't set up as firm as I  
> thought
> it should.  Although the flavor is excellent, it's the consistency is
> thinner than I'd like.  About the consistancy of thick honey.  Thought  
> maybe
> using less sugar caused it not to jell.  But then we made another  
> batch of
> jam, this time with some strawberries left over in the freezer.  This  
> time
> we used the full amount of sugar on the recipe.  Again the jam didn't  
> firm
> up real good (although it's slightly firmer than the peach jam).
>
>
>
> My question, what caused the jam not to jell well?  I know a lot of  
> folks
> recommend Pomona's pectin, which is what I should have used, but we  
> used
> what was available at the time.  Is Ball pectin a really bad product?   
> Would
> it have helped if we would have boiled the jam longer?
>
>
>
> Mark
>
> KS
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> Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2008 14:45:37 -0700
> From: "Stephen Sadler" <Docshiva at Docshiva.org>
> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Pectin jell
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> PS to my last post:
>
>
>
> I kinda suspect you needed another 30 seconds boiling in addition to  
> using
> the full amount of sugar.  That timing depends on fruit  
> acidity/ripeness and
> the weather, as well as pectin and sugar amounts.
>
>
>
> ~ Stephen
>
>
>
> From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
> [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Mark & Helen
> Angermayer
> Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2008 11:00 AM
> To: North American Fruit Explorers
> Subject: [NAFEX] Pectin jell
>
>
>
> This may be a question asked before, but was wondering what went wrong  
> with
> our jam making?  Made a batch of peach jam and used 75% of the sugar  
> that
> the recipe called for.  Used "Ball" brand pectin and followed all other
> instructions, which called for boiling the jam hard for one minute.   
> Then
> hot packed the jam.  Problem is, the jam didn't set up as firm as I  
> thought
> it should.  Although the flavor is excellent, it's the consistency is
> thinner than I'd like.  About the consistancy of thick honey.  Thought  
> maybe
> using less sugar caused it not to jell.  But then we made another  
> batch of
> jam, this time with some strawberries left over in the freezer.  This  
> time
> we used the full amount of sugar on the recipe.  Again the jam didn't  
> firm
> up real good (although it's slightly firmer than the peach jam).
>
>
>
> My question, what caused the jam not to jell well?  I know a lot of  
> folks
> recommend Pomona's pectin, which is what I should have used, but we  
> used
> what was available at the time.  Is Ball pectin a really bad product?   
> Would
> it have helped if we would have boiled the jam longer?
>
>
>
> Mark
>
> KS
>
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