Pectin Calculator

We're so glad you're ready to make your own jams and jellies. Ball® Fresh Preserving is here to help. You decide the fruit you wish to preserve and we will guide you along the way. Use our three easy steps and we will show you the recipe and instructions you will need to make your jam or jelly-making a success.

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Step 1:

Choose your fruit:

    Don't see the fruit you'd like to work with? Find a recipe.

    Step 2:

    Are you making a Jam or Jelly?

    • Jelly
      Jellies are made from juice that is strained from fruit.
      Made from juice that is strained from fruit. It is gelled enough to hold its shape when removed from the jar, yet soft enough to spread easily
    • Jam
      Jams are made by cooking crushed or chopped fruit with sugar or sugar substitutes.
      Made by cooking crushed or chopped fruit with sugar or sugar substitutes until the mixture will round up on a spoon. They should be firm but spreadable; jams do not hold the shape of the jar.

    Step 3:

    Choose your Pectin

    • Ball® RealFruit™ Classic Pectin
      Designed for jam and jelly recipes sweetened with granulated sugar at traditional or reduced levels. Be assured of a good set with every batch as you capture the fruit's fresh-picked flavor.
    • Ball® RealFruit™ Low
      or No-Sugar Needed Pectin
      Designed for jam and jelly recipes featuring fruit juice and sweetened with granulated sugar, sugar substitutes or honey. So, you have flexibility in how you sweeten your jam or jelly, while still being assured of a good set.
    • Ball® RealFruit™
      Instant Pectin
      Designed for jam recipes that are sweetened with granulated sugar or granulated sugar substitutes and then frozen. (It is not suitable for jelly.) This is perfect to use when you want to make fresh jam in a short amount of time. And, no cooking required.
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