You may have to do a couple of times to reach desired jam thickness or viscosity. It is very easy to fix the consistency while you are making the jam, but if you complete your canning before you realise that the jam is too thin, then you will have to re-can it in order to make it less runny. Emptied all the jars back into the jam pan (placed them in a pan of hot water to loosen first) and added 200ml boiling water. If you push your finger through it then the jam should not flow back. Perform the sheeting test by stirring the jam and then holding your stirring spoon sideways above the jam pot so that the content of the spoon will run from the side of the spoon. Bring the mixture to a full rolling boil over high heat… Boil hard for 30 seconds. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring it while cooking it. I’m going to try another batch. Wipe the top of each jar with a clean paper towel to remove any drips or spills that might interfere with the seal. Bring to a boil while stirring. Have grown my own tomatoes and made green tomato chutney yesterday - 10 jars. Copyright 2020 Leaf Group Ltd. / Leaf Group Media, All Rights Reserved. It tastes great, but unfortunately I don’t think it’s going to set properly and is still very runny. Hi Tom, Love it, the apple as pectin hint, and your beautiful and charming site as well. I’ve found that heating and cooling and reheating allows for a lot of evaporation and thus thickens the jam without a use of thickening additives. Place the jars into the canning kettle with the jar lifter or tongs. The next day I decided to make Pepper jelly using quince its been about 3 days and the jars have been store at room temperature and it still looks a little runny I tried not to use as much sugar since my last batch was a little too sweet, I used about 1/4 of sugar per cup of liquid, should I have used more sugar? Well wishes! Tom, beautiful website you’ve created. Cook it again. Add chia seeds. It had pulp and was thickened to where it poured out of the jar but was not runny. Avoid using paraffin to seal your juneberry jam, as the wax may contract from the sides of … For a quick and easy fix just mix up a teaspoon and a half of arrowroot powder into about a tablespoon of cold water and make a slurry. Now about your jam, sounds delicious and really unique, and hot as fire, too! 16 servings. Pour hot jam into the jars and put a piece of wax paper neatly on top of the jam, wax side down, ensuring there are not air bubbles. You may us pectin in juneberry jam, as pectin levels in juneberries vary. Hi Tom, Lovely website! If the chutney is too runny then in our opinion the best solution is to put it into a pan and bring it back to the boil, then simmer rapidly until it is the required thickness. It tastes great, but unfortunately I don’t think it’s going to set properly and is still very runny. Wonderful colour in the fruit but there’s a difficulty in its setting. What to do when your jam is too runny? We prefer using Certo Liquid Fruit Pectin when fixing runny freezer jam. Homemade jam is easy to make, easy to store, and very tasty, but sometimes the consistency is too thick or too thin. I have made this before a few times and it has always been much thicker. Perform the sheeting test by stirring the jam and then holding your stirring spoon sideways above the jam pot so that the content of the spoon will run from the side of the spoon. And from beautiful Cape town, no less! Hi Linda, thanks for sharing your jam-thickening success story. Q. I made raspberry jam, altering the recipe to use Splenda instead of sugar. It is often not thick enough when I make it. Homemade marmalade sometimes does not set properly and turns out runny if there was not enough pectin added during the original processing. Measure water and pectin into a saucepan; mix well. Years ago when I learned to can from an 80 + year old expert, she warned me never to use corn starch. Heat the jam over a medium heat until it reaches a steady boil while it is being stirred. Here's how to thicken too-thin jam or jelly that was made with pectin: Cooked jams made with powdered pectin: For each cup of jam or jelly, use 1 tablespoon sugar, 2 tablespoons water, 1 teaspoon powdered pectin and 1/2 tablespoon bottled lemon juice. I wouldn’t have minded about the jelly, but it surely would have damaged the cat!… and I imagine I would STILL be cleaning up sticky jelly surfaces lol. First, simmer the runny jam in a large pan, that is one that is shallow and wide. If the jam looks as though its still going to be too thin I stir in a small amount of psyllium husk in the last several minutes to thicken it. Yes, you can fix runny jelly! Use a large wooden spoon to stir the mixture rapidly and continuously, to prevent it from burning while cooking. https://creativehomemaking.com/recipes/canning/fix-strawberry-jam Be careful when working with jam. When the sugar gets hot enough it will thicken when it cools. Tip One: With a decade of jam making under my ample belt, I’ve found the secret to thickening up runny low-pectin fruit jams: add an apple or two. Hi, Tom, after totally screwing up some blueberry-orange jam (long story…), I tried your tip of removing the solids and simmering down the liquid and it’s finally setting up! Cook it again. Three Steps on How to Fix Freezer Jam. The original recipe is boil then simmer for 30-40 mins which I did. I may break down and buy a new thermometer as the old hit the floor last month after I failed to see one of two sleeping dogs. Love the jam tips Tom, but I’ve gotta’ say that’s about the most beautiful flaky biscuit I’ve ever seen. For medium pectin content, add 15ml lemon juice for every 450g/1lb of fruit. Prepare canning jars and new lids. sugar. Bring it to a boil over medium-high heat for 3 to 4 minutes Test to see if it’s setting, if not continue to boil for 1 more minute if it is then remove … Place a measured amount of fruit, pectin, any spices, and an optional teaspoon of light oil in a large saucepan. Here's how! Add the sugar all at once. You need Sur-Gel to make it thicken. Good tips-I’ll use them this weekend for strawberry and blackberry preserves. Sterilise your jars and rings by washing them carefully and then boiling them in the canning kettle for ten minutes. There are two products on the market–Instant Clear Jel and Ultra Jel–that can be stirred into runny jam to thicken it. 5 Ways to Thicken Homemade Jam. Made it last year and it was lovely. Do you suggest putting an apple in a fig preserve? Eat these first. Unfortunately it is too runny, I could scream. Add pectin. just made my first couple batches of jelly out of Quince, the first one was just quince it looked a little runny but in a couple days it thinkened up quite nicely. is too runny! Thank you again. All ingredients measured precisely,but hopefully your tip will help put right. Continue to boil the jam until it passes one of the thickening tests. Voila! Add 60 ml (1/4 cup) of sugar, 60 ml (1/4 cup) of water, 36 ml (2 tbsp) of lemon juice, and 24 ml (4 tsp) of powdered pectin to a saucepan per quart of runny jam . Take care. Put in fridge overnight and once it cools it will be even thicker and the arrowroot will not affect the taste or texture! Great idea Tom! Tom, Thank you that is very helpful, I did notice that I didnt get as much finished product when I used less sugar, I just noticed you live in washington Im from Eastern Washington(Yakima) , my dad planted some Quince trees last year and we just figured out they make really good jelly so this last weekend we made jellies all weekend and experimented a bit my father also plants very hot peppers so I want to learn how to make pepper jelly properly. I have some catch-up reading to do. Glad to help Sandra, and your jams sounds pretty amazing, like it was made for rainy days and warms buttered biscuits. Kilsdonk earned a Master of Arts in economic history from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Amherst College. It doesn’t use pectin — just strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Runny jam is sometimes caused by the chemical make up of the fruit, or getting the pectin too hot. Low pectin, add 75 -90ml/5-6 tbsp pectin stock for every 450g fruit. I am open to any suggestions as to how to fix this, or should I just wait a bit more. Any suggestions for a fig jam would be great! This will concentrate the flavor and reduce the jam’s moisture without any hands-on cooking. One possibility is that you may not have used enough sugar: Sugar helps the sauce firm up, so be sure to use the full amount called for in a recipe. Instant Clear Jel must be mixed with sugar before using, or it will clump. Thank you for the tip,I separated the syrup added lemon juice reboiled it and retuned fruit, perfect jam. If you simmer to 221 degrees F, it will usually jel nicely. In July, I am going to take the berries to my mom’s house in Cajun country and make the jelly there using an old family berry pestle and sieve on a stand. If you like rhubarb, you could also add some rhubarb to helg gel, and you’ll have a mixed jam: peach rhubarb, strawberry rhubarb, cherry rhubarb…. Continue to boil the jam until it passes one of the thickening tests. But I've found that runny jam will thicken up a bit in the fridge. When you think the jam has reached setting point take the pan off the heat and drop a teaspoonful of the jam onto the plate. Thanks for the posts. Add chia seeds. Hi Tahlee, Thanks! Can the jam in a boiling water canner following the instructions on the pectin package. However, I see raspberries are also a low-pectin fruit and I had good luck with a simple, no-pectin raspberry jam recipe – just mashed fruit, sugar and lemon, brought to a rolling boil and then simmered for about a minute! Skim the foam of the jam with a spoon to remove air, which can affect the preservation of the jam when canned. Bring to a boil over high heat. Label properly sealed jars with their contents and the date and store them for up to five years. My Discovery apples are mostly picked….and the best looking crop ever. Turn off the microwave and stir the jam for just about 5 seconds. I'm not sure how this is long enough to thicken. Place the plate in the freezer for 30 seconds. What to do when your jam is too runny? Apples are high in natural pectin but don’t drown out your intended star fruit, which in this case is pepper. used the apples in my strawberry rhubabrb jam worked great.thanks. I have about 6-8 cups of runny – wonderful tasting – hot pepper jelly, can I save this? Thanks for your great tips on thickening up jam with out pectin. It looks like you have a wonderful lifestyle. Sometimes it is but I don’t know why. 5 Ways to Thicken Homemade Jam Just wait. Sometimes I’d end up with jam that resembled a giant jello shooter or a gum drop in a votive. Any suggestions on how to thicken it once I open the jar and it still hasn’t set? I made a batch of hot pepper jelly and it was runny , so I added more liquid pectin and it is still runny. Pectin is a naturally occurring thickener found in most fruits, though levels vary greatly. Over the last 3 years I have gone from making quite stiff jam, well maybe that’s an exaggeration but you know what I mean to a much softer set jam which we prefer – the more jam you make the more you get a feel for this. If, on the other hand, the jam is rock solid, that means you've gone too far and cooked it too long. Recently I made Apricot Peach jam without pectin – it turned out great….would love to get my hands on some sour cherries! It if hasn’t continue to … Undercook rather than overcook – runny jam can be cooked up again. Mine was too thin and runny. http://howsrobb.blogspot.com/2011/04/autobiographical-marmalade-sweet-strong.html. Hi Tahlee, Thanks! Thick jam! Before you start making the jam put 2-3 heatproof and freezer proof plates in the freezer. If I return it to the pan and boil again, do you think this would do it? Thanks!! I don’t really like to use pectin either. When I spied my homemade gifts of jam from 1998, and 1999, lining the shelf of a friend’s post-millennium pantry, I had to admit that the only thing denser than my jam was my denial of its shortcomings. That I cannot do with runny jam. If the chutney is too runny then in our opinion the best solution is to put it into a pan and bring it back to the boil, then simmer rapidly until it is the required thickness. It did not set. Figure out how many quarts of strawberry jam are too runny. If jam falls in vertical drips, like water from a spoon, then it is too thin and will not set. You could also grate a peeled apple like Granny Smith or Bramleys into the simmer jam, and let it dissolve and soften in the jam. Sounds like a trip to make jelly at mom’s house is something special. It was such great fun. Reply. Discard the old lids. Add some at the last minute to keep them from mushing? Still a bit sticky so added another 100ml and stirred thoroughly. If you use less sugar it just takes longer as the water in the juice has to evaporate to reach the point where the mixture will rise to reach 221. Also question is, how do you thicken runny jam? I understand about the sleeping dog thing – I nearly dropped a boiling pot of Crab Apple Jelly all over a cat who was sitting, unbeknownst to me, at my heels. If the jam is thick enough to set it will wrinkle up in little folds. You have entered an incorrect email address! I'm not sure how this is long enough to thicken. Now about your jam, sounds delicious and really unique, and hot as fire, too! Enter your email address, and you'll receive a new post when it becomes available. Tallcloverfarm.com is where I write all about it. I am an Australian living in North Dakota, I am slowly getting used to the short seasons here (And lack of fruit trees). If the jam is too thick, before you put it in the jars, just heat 1 or 2 cups of grape juice (or any other fruit juice of similar or neutral taste, like apple or white grape) to boiling. Cook it again. Remaking runny freezer jam can seem like a pain, but it it worth the results. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Let the jars cool fully before touching them. Sometimes after you have canned your jam, jelly or other preserves and let it cool, you open a jar, only to find it hasn't set properly an d is too runny! If it does not thicken, use it for syrup on pancakes. And by the way, same thing happened to me last year and my second processing came out fine. Open all the jars of canned jam that you want to thicken and pour all the jam into a large saucepan. You may be able to "force" it to thicken by cooking it again and bring it to a good boil. Q. I made raspberry jam, altering the recipe to use Splenda instead of sugar. The thicker the wrinkles, the harder the jam will set. I tried some jams that I absolutely adore and they taste great in my cakes. If you’d like any let me know – they are on the tart side. Sheryl, apples, did you say apples, oh yeah I’ll be over once I think of an appropriate barter item . Hi, I love your writing style! Our jam or jelly remake directions are here to save the day. But the apple trick is a great idea! You could try a couple things. Original recipe yields 16 servings. Pectin stock can be made using under ripe apples or you can cheat and buy pectin powder. Place the warm canning lids on the top of the glass jars. Perform the freezer test by pouring a spoonful of jam onto a clean plate. As a Northern Hemisphere kind of guy, I’ll try not to be too jealous. Hi Arnie, I usually use a 3/4 c sugar to one cup fruit juice. It did not set. I made a too-large batch, and it’s disturbingly sloppy. 1-1/2 tsp. So finely grate a couple apples, and mix them into your jelly and reheat until your simmering jelly produces a thick double drop off the test spoon. Hi Jamie, I think your solution of currants is brilliant, as they are high pectin fruits. If it stays soupy, that could mean a couple of things. If your jam or jelly turns out too soft or runny, don't despair, and don't throw it away! Continue to boil the jam until it passes one of the thickening tests. Tried using Mezena thickens jam but changes the colour. Bring to the boil over a medium heat. You've followed the recipe to a T and even tested the jam for thickness by smearing a bit of the cooked jam on a cold spoon straight from the freezer, but it still looks runny in the canning jars after processing. Go Julie go! Pro tip: If you are making jam using gelatin or jello as a thickener, boiling gelatin for too long will weaken its gelling ability, so if it doesn’t set properly, you cannot reboil it. Use one envelope of gelatin, or 2 tablespoons, for … Clean the jars and prep new lids. Thanks! You’ll have to let me know how the blackberry jam or jelly turned out. What You Need. (No 50-50 here.). Before you start making the jam put 2-3 heatproof and freezer proof plates in the freezer. We have all been there. If using twist-on metal lids, there’s no need to use waxed discs. Boiling sugar is very hot. 0 0. mechascott_42 . I must not have cooked it long enough. If you can do this in a couple of deep frying pans (not aluminium) then it should help to speed up the process. Hi Lora, I don’t use commercial pectin just for that reason. sounds like a recipe problem. (I know this is a jam blog and not a filling blog so I’ll understand if you can’t answer that one.) These are great comments and tips and I really appreciate the detail. Sprinkle an envelope of unflavored gelatin over the cold juice, and wait for a few minutes until it has absorbed the liquid and softened. :o). Make strawberry jam from frozen strawberries, Pick Your Own: How to fix or remake jam that is too runny. With liquid pectin: To remake runny uncooked (freezer) jam or jelly, remake a trial batch using 1 cup of jelly or jam first. Wash and sterilize the old jars. I must not have cooked it long enough. Thick jam! There are two products on the market–Instant Clear Jel and Ultra Jel–that can be stirred into runny jam to thicken it. For 6-8, 8-ounce jars, add another 1/2 cup of sugar mixed with a half box of pectin (or 2 tablespoons of bulk pectin). There is a good article below in this link. And tell me what is the jellying point in Celsius? I added water and microwaved it as stated above and that improved the texture so that–though it’s a bit too runny now for jam–it can now be used a syrup or ice cream topping. I would call it slicing jam or fruit gel in a jar. Add and stir in the runny strawberry jam, boiling it for 60 seconds on high. Include the apple core and peel for extra pectin if they would be easy to remove before bottling the jam. How to Thicken Liquid with Cornstarch. Oh good, well, if it wouldn’t have set up, you’d have still had the best ice cream sauce or yogurt flavoring around! Tip Two: Another way to help thicken your jam is to put the undercooked fruit jam in a fine mesh sieve and drain the liquid. I am making High country wild cranberry jam and trying to make it like mother did for pancakes. Then pour into clean, dry, hot jars, filling them as near to the top as possible. […] ← Preserving Tips: How to Thicken Jam […], But runny rhubarb? Prepare canning jars and new lids. Remove the plate and press a finger along the pate and into the edge of the jam blob. Mix it in to your jar of runny jam and heat on high in the microwave( without the lid, of course) for a minute or two till the jam starts to boil a little. Cheers, Tom. 1 cup of your jam or jelly. Instant Clear Jel must be mixed with sugar before using, or it will clump. Measure jelly or jam to be remade. Sometimes after you have canned your jam, jelly or other preserves and let it cool, you open a jar, only to find it hasn't set properly an d is too runny! The goal: Jam that drops from a spoon but stays on a biscuit (at least until I eat it, which is usually less than T minus ten seconds). For example, apples are high pectin fruits, cherries low. Add chia seeds. Add jam or jelly and bring to a rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Have made about 2 litres of tomato and chilli jam using my homegrown toms and chillies (proud emoticon), however, it is very runny. Any advice appreciated, thank you! Try our CERTO Cooked Jam or Jelly Remake Directions to salvage a runny batch of jam or jelly. It can be fixed! We used pectin and its a tiny bit runny. He created, produced and wrote online high school classes for Apex Learning in U.S. history, U.S. geography and politics, and U.S. government. Cook it … When I make jam out of a low pectin fruit like sour cherries, I add a peeled, grated apple to the preserving pot to boost the thickness factor. It has you boil the sugar water for 15 minutes and then once you add the tomatoes just for 3 minutes more. I hate the fact that I’ll have to dump out and wash out all those jars, before I start over. If the jam is too thick, before you put it in the jars, just heat 1 or 2 cups of grape juice (or any other fruit juice of similar or neutral taste, like apple or white grape) to boiling. One hint is that larger jars normally pinch inward at the right spot for head-space, while engraved jam jars have the engraving stop at about the right spot for head-space. To get rid of scum (which is just trapped air) at the end of cooking, stir in the same direction until reduced. Anyway, thanks for the tip – will have to try the apple trick next time. Slowly dissolved and did the setting test with the plate in the freezer. What I would suggest, is to remove the jam from heat if too thin a consistency and let it cool completely. It can be fixed! tom,love your site.tried my hand today at watermelon preserves from memory of what grandma use to make.could’nt get it to thicken up,but thanks to you I remember why granny put lemon’s in.I’m letting my mixture cool until tomorrow and will add a little more lemon and fruit and re-cook,slowly,until I get the consistancy I’m looking for.NO jello shots,LOL thanks again. Would adding lemon peels help thicken muscadine grape jam? This step can be done before you boil the jam. Sorry forgot to add..A couple of tips that may help some. Good luck, hope this helps. Return to a full rolling boil and boil for one minute. so will attempt to remake this afternoon… gently. Add chia seeds. Return the liquid to the preserving pot, simmer until syrup thick then add the cooked fruit mixture back, stir and bottle up. Did you know you can reprocess it and still have great results? I got my hands on a gallon and a half of black berries. (I know this is a jam blog and not a filling blog so I’ll understand if you can’t answer that one.) Measure water and pectin into a saucepan; mix well. 0 0. mswnana. Remove the jars from the boiling water using a jar lifter or tongs and place on a cooling rack. I was looking up how to freeze berries to make jam when I ran across your berry freezing instructions for dummies. Hi Tamara, thank you! Discard the old lids. If your jam or jelly turns out too soft or runny, don't despair, and don't throw it away! To fix or “ re-set ” runny jam or jelly, pour the contents of each jar back into the pot. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases. Reduce the heat if the jam begins to froth or boil over. Would using pectin make the mixture smoother and more jam-like or do I just need to reduce my cooking time? Any tips on how to keep your berries whole? If the canning failed then you will hear a pop sound and will be able to press the dome of the lid down. Turn off the microwave and stir the jam for just about 5 seconds. Typically, if you are adding more than 1/2 cup (125 ml) of powdered sugar to thicken a runny royal icing recipe, you should also add 1 to 2 tsp (5 to 10 ml) of meringue powder. pouches per 6 cups of juneberries and 5 cups of sugar. It might still be a little "soupy" but still taste delicious. It’s not a bad product but I just find I’m not very good at using it effectively, and I get better results for what I’m looking for by finely grating a Granny Smith apple or two into the mix. It’s safest not to risk eating jam which has started growing mould. Just wait. There is another way of re-making runny marmalade. Once the jam has set, leave it to settle for 15 minutes or so – particularly with jam containing whole fruit, such as strawberry or damson, or chunky marmalade – to prevent the fruit from rising to the top when it’s poured into the jar. Pour jam into a large kettle and bring to a boil over high heat while constantly stirring. Voila! may I ask some advice? It works. Himalayan blackberries are to the Pacific Northwest as Kudzu is to the South, but at least we can make pie and jam from our invasive interloper. Learn how your comment data is processed. If it is not yet thick enough then the jam will smear without having the top of the jam wrinkle. Thanks for the comment Lisa, glad to help! You can … I’ll written then down for reference the next time I make a jam. Q: I made the strawberry jam from the Canning for a New Generationcookbook. If the jam is still too runny, just keep cooking it and performing the frozen-spoon test every 5 minutes until you achieve the consistency you want (I used to keep 15 spoons in the freezer when I was first learning how to make jam—what can I say, I like to be prepared). XO. Gail, I think you have a fine idea, begging works, especially after you’ve coughed $18 for the ferry ride over. The original recipe is boil then simmer for 30-40 mins which I did. I followed the recipe in the Ball Canning Guide exactly but my jam never gelled or thickened. For 6-8, 8-ounce jars, add another 1/2 cup of sugar mixed with a half box of pectin (or 2 tablespoons of bulk pectin). Here's how! I’m not a fan of pectin. This had more to do with my end results than any preconceived notion of its application. HOW. I’m a Bulldog buff, writer, grower of fruit, maker of pies, kitchen alchemist, and seasoned hammock tester. Tom I found your site this morning and have enjoyed reading.. Homemade marmalade sometimes does not set properly and turns out runny if there was not enough pectin added during the original processing. Mix pectin and water; bring them to a boil while you are stirring constantly. Do not remake more than 8 cups at one time. Instead of thickening the marmalade by re-boiling it, pour the marmalade to a large baking tray and place in the oven on low heat (about 100C) for an hour or two. Here's how to thicken too-thin jam or jelly that was made with pectin: Cooked jams made with powdered pectin: For each cup of jam or jelly, use 1 tablespoon sugar, 2 tablespoons water, 1 teaspoon powdered pectin and 1/2 tablespoon bottled lemon juice. I have done this before. Refrigerate jars that did not seal properly. When potting up, fill your jars to the brimful when the jam is still over 85°C. Turn off the heat and then add the new lids to the canning kettle. I’m inspired to try your suggestions, but I think it would be easier to just show up at your door and beg. Just wait. It’s funny though: blueberries and figs gel very easily for me! Perform the sheeting test as detailed in the first section. Over the last 3 years I have gone from making quite stiff jam, well maybe that’s an exaggeration but you know what I mean to a much softer set jam which we prefer – the more jam you make the more you get a feel for this. I tried one recommendation I found online to firm it up and it didn’t work. Thicken jam after initial canning Open all the jars of canned jam that you want to thicken and pour all the jam into a large saucepan. Homemade cranberry sauce is meant to thicken, or “jell,” while cooking. Take care, Tom, I need HELP HELP HELP. thanks again. Mix it in to your jar of runny jam and heat on high in the microwave( without the lid, of course) for a minute or two till the jam starts to boil a little. Good luck and I hope this helps. That I cannot do with runny jam. […] Preserving Tips: How to Thicken Jam […]. When it comes to remaking the jam, work with 1 quart at a time, which is equal to four 8-ounce jars. How do you thicken jam? Although it is very runny, the taste is fine. Maybe you can teach this old dog, some new tricks. Heat the jam over medium heat until it reaches a steady boil while being stirred. Good Luck! For each quart of jelly, mix ¼ cup sugar, ½ cup water, 2 tablespoons bottled lemon juice, and 4 teaspoons powdered pectin. Let the jars cool fully before touching them. Thank you so much! However, unless served direct from the fridge, theyre too runny and the cake layers slide around a bit, what to speak of when a customer picks it up and takes 30 minutes to drive home. I wonder if you have any suggestions for runny marmalade? If your jam or jelly turns out too soft or runny, don't despair, and don't throw it away! 5 Ways to Thicken Homemade Jam. Leave around 2.5 cm of space at the top of each jar. I have added more pectin,lemon juice and sugar….like tablespoons of each and that has not helped. Add pectin. Add water if necessary so that the water level is at least 2.5 cm above the top of the tallest jar. Looking forward to many more…. How to Know When a Fig Is Ripe and Ready to... Brambles Gone Wild: How to Remove Blackberries, Apples (tart, under-ripe have more pectin), Blackberries (also more pectin if slightly under-ripe). Remove from heat and quickly add the sugar, lemon juice and pectin. To rescue your jam with it, mix it with at least a 1:1 ratio first, (more sugar makes it easier to mix without clumping) and then sprinkle carefully into your jam, stirring like mad. 1 large clot means pectin content is high. The recipe also lists NO pectin. It does not set properly and is still not quite right, simmer. Discovered your site this morning and have enjoyed reading copyright 2020 Leaf Group Media, all Rights Reserved '' to... 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