Sugarless Fig/Pear Preserves

2005-09-08

Everyone knows Cajuns love their figs. Diabetes is unfortunately a problem in Cajun Country, therefore regular processed figs should not be eaten by a diabetic. This recipe will allow the Cajun to have his “figs” and eat them too!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups figs or pears, cooked
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 package (1 3/4 oz) powdered pectin
  • 8 - 10 packages (1-gram each) of powdered artificial sweetener (or about 2 t. liquid sweetener)

Directions

Step 1

Prepare pears or figs for canning by pre-cooking in water until tender. Hash the cooked fruit (a potato masher works well).

Step 2

Place fruit into a large pan or kettle and stir in juice and pectin.

Step 3

Place on high heat and stir constantly, bringing to a full boil that cannot be stirred down. Boil 1 minute and remove from heat.

Step 4

Add artificial sweetener. Stir for 2 minutes to thoroughly mix. Two or 3 drops red food coloring improves the appearance.

Step 5

The above amounts are good guides, but you may wish to sweeten to taste.

Step 6

Pour into hot, sterilized jars or freezer containers and seal. Store in refrigerator or freezer, because without a high concentration of sugar, the jam will spoil at room temperature.

Step 7

The jam can be processed in a hot water-bath at simmering temperature for 15 minutes and should keep for a reasonable length of time in a cool place.

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