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LH 60: Clear Jel, Sure Jell and Canning Pie Filling

The difference between Clear Jel® and Sure Jell® and how it relates to pie filling.

These two commercial products have very similar names but they are used in canning in very different ways.

Every canning season, it causes a lot of confusion and can even trip up even the most advanced canner.

So in this episode, I explain the differences between these two products and how they relate (or don’t relate) to canning up fruit pie filling.

You will learn:

  • What Clear Jel® is and how it is used
  • How Sure Jell® is used in canning
  • Why I prefer a different product to Sure Jell®
  • Where to find both of these products
  • Do you even need Clear Jel® at all

To get the full scoop, you can listen to the podcast episode above or read the full transcript below.

Resources & Links Mentioned:

Clear Jel®* – cookable thickener (not instant)

Sure Jell®* – pectin

Ultra Gel®* – as mentioned in the episode, I have not tried this product yet. It is an instant gel that is labeled as “non-GMO”. But the instant gel versions do not usually work in canning (it tends to break down). However, this brand IS labeled as a thickener for canning on the package. If you are looking to avoid GMOs, you may want to try this one. Or (as mentioned in the episode), just skip adding a thickener all together.

You can also purchase some of these products here

Low Sugar Jams & Pectins – how to use

Pomona’s Pectin*

Transcript:

Click here for the full transcript for Episode #60

 

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy® and is the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two teenage boys and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.

Comments:

  • Kathleen says:

    Just catching up on some episodes. I used Pomona’s for the first time on my pears last month — I think I need more practice! But could you address the possibility of using NO sugar and/or making your own pectin from apples or quince (and are there other appropriate fruits for this) in future episodes?

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