FoodHomemade jams reinvented: Healthier, sugar-free recipe secrets revealed

Homemade jams reinvented: Healthier, sugar-free recipe secrets revealed

Homemade preserves have never been better. I replaced sugar with another ingredient.
Homemade preserves have never been better. I replaced sugar with another ingredient.
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1:56 PM EDT, May 28, 2024

Do you make homemade preserves? If so, I want to share a clever trick with you that my mom once told me about. I tried it, and I have to admit, I'm thrilled. The contents of the jars are always perfect, and this method also benefits your health.

Many years ago, I came to terms with the fact that buying mass-produced jam in stores does not satisfy my taste buds. Anyone who has ever been treated to a jar of sweet, homemade preserves will understand this. The difference is enormous. While initially thinking about taste, we should also remember the health aspect. Here, the disparity grows even more significant, mainly when our homemade jam is based on a clever trick.

Homemade preserves? Ditch the sugar

In my family, my mom was always the master of homemade jams. Years of experimenting, trial error, and analysis have had a clear result—these preserves are a culinary wonder. My mother also shared a secret with me some time ago—she stopped using sugar to make the jams. Why? for two reasons: practicality and health.

When discussing this topic, it's worth answering the question: Why is sugar used to make preserves? It's not just about the taste of the jam but also its texture and durability. Sugar makes preserves more gel-like and durable because the sweet condiment preserves them well. Knowing this, we ask ourselves a new question: What can replace sugar?

The trick for preserves

My mom revealed that she has not used sugar in her preserves for years but instead relies on xylitol. The birch-derived product has the same properties as popular white crystals. Through its antibacterial action, it preserves the preserves while also giving them a gel-like consistency. And that's pretty much all we need for jams. But there's more.

Xylitol is also a healthier sugar substitute. It has a lower glycemic index, does not require insulin for its metabolism, contains fewer calories than sugar, and even positively affects gut microbiota. Interestingly, xylitol also benefits teeth. It fights cavities and ensures proper enamel mineralization. What a pleasant change from the destructive effects of sugar, right?

Xylitol will make preserves healthier and more durable.
Xylitol will make preserves healthier and more durable.© Adobe Stock | Pixel-Shot
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