No one can deny that when we talk about sweets, jam and jellies could never be crossed out from the list. But since a healthy lifestyle nowadays often means abstaining from certain foods full of sugar, eating jam (or jelly, for that matter) may have become only a pleasant memory for many of us. Fortunately, there is such a thing as stevia jam, a healthy alternative to the sugar-filled ones you buy at the store.
Now, how do you get some of that stevia jam? Well, it’s quite easy. You can make it yourself! Along with other sweet foods, there is now a stevia recipe for jam, enabling anyone who craves for this sweet treat to make it whenever they want to. All it takes is the usual ingredients for jam along with some stevia powder. However, before we share the recipe on how you could make stevia jam, there are a few things that you might want to know.
We all know that jams and jellies can be preserved for a long time. Unfortunately, stevia jam is different. The maximum shelf life of stevia jam is one week inside the refrigerator. Freezing stevia can prolong its shelf life; however, once you take it out, it must be fully consumed as it will not be safe to eat anymore after a few days.
Unlike sugar, stevia powder will not turn into a “gel” form. Now, what enables traditional jam to have a gel form is pectin, a natural substance found in berries, apples, and other fruits. Pectin is also known as Polysaccharide. It becomes quite thick when heated with sugar, the same process used to create the gel-like substance of jams and jellies. In the old days, releasing pectin out of fruits was done through a process of boiling and constant stirring of the fruits inside a pot. Fortunately, that time-consuming, not to mention tiring process, is no longer necessary today. You can actually easily find ready-to-use pectin being sold in grocery stores nowadays. With our stevia recipe, we will be using ready-to-use pectin so you needn’t worry about experiencing any hard and time-consuming work just to get some stevia jam.
Stevia Jam Recipe
You will need:
Ready-to-use artificial Pectin
3 cups mashed raspberries
1 tbsp. Stevia powder
1/4 tsp of cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
3/4 cup cold water
1. Prepare 3/4 cup of cold water in a saucepan.
2. Put in the ready-to-use artificial pectin and let it boil.
3. Slowly reduce the heat into medium and let it simmer for a minute. Keep on stirring.
4. Into the saucepan, add the mashed raspberries and cook for one minute. Stir continuously.
5. As you stir, add the stevia powder, cinnamon, and ground cloves. Remove the saucepan from the heat.
6. For about two minutes, let the stevia jam remain in the saucepan.
7. As it cools down, place it in a bottle or jar for refrigeration or freezing.
Important things to keep in mind:
In every cooking adventure, there are safety measures that one must keep in mind. Though the stevia jam recipe is quite easy to follow even for beginner cooks, it is important to still be aware of some do’s and don’ts’ before you cook or prepare any stevia recipe.
Wash your hands before touching anything around your cooking area especially the edible ones. Also, make sure that utensils and other materials to be used in cooking have been thoroughly cleaned. Make sure that you have also sterilized the jar or jars that you will be using to store your stevia jam. You would not want any bacteria or germs growing in there. Remember, the shelf life of stevia jam is quite short thus you wouldn’t want to do anything to decrease it. Lightly rinse the fruits with cold water especially if you do not intend to peel it. There are some studies that say fruits must not be peeled as the peel contains the most number of nutrients. Naturally, you should peel it off if it hinders you from eating the fruit itself. Lastly, be sure to clean the cooking area when you finish cooking.
Stevia jam, unlike the good ole jam of the past, is really very easy to make. If you wish for some other kind of jam, simply substitute the raspberries with your fruit of choice. With this kind of alternative, you’ll not only be able to satisfy your craving for jam (morning, noon, or night) but also ensure that you stay living your healthy lifestyle.
Category: Stevia Recipes