Sugarless Fig/Pear Preserves2005-09-08
- Course: Jams & Jellies
- Prep Time : 30m
- Cook Time : 20m
- Ready In : 50m
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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!
- 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)
Prepare pears or figs for canning by pre-cooking in water until tender. Hash the cooked fruit (a potato masher works well).
Place fruit into a large pan or kettle and stir in juice and pectin.
Place on high heat and stir constantly, bringing to a full boil that cannot be stirred down. Boil 1 minute and remove from heat.
Add artificial sweetener. Stir for 2 minutes to thoroughly mix. Two or 3 drops red food coloring improves the appearance.
The above amounts are good guides, but you may wish to sweeten to taste.
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.
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.