How to Use Agave in Jam Recipe

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Agave nectar has become a popular alternative to other sweeteners, particularly artificial sweeteners, in many recipes. It is popular with diabetics because it has a low glycemic level, and it's also popular with those who eat raw foods because it cooks at low temperatures. Agave nectar comes from the agave plant, better known as the plant used to make tequila. Some believe it tastes smoother and less harsh than other sweeteners. Following a few simple steps will allow you to make a delicious jam using agave nectar.

How to Use Agave in Jam Recipe
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Things You'll Need

  • 4 cups fruit
  • 1 pouch pectin
  • Agave nectar
  • Deep pot
  • 6 to 8 canning jars
Step 1

Choose the type of agave nectar, sometimes called agave syrup, you want to use in the recipe. Darker varieties will have a stronger taste, while lighter ones will taste similar to sugar or a light honey. Choose an agave nectar that has been made from the Blue Agave plant.

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Step 2

Choose the type of fruit you want to make into jam. Sweeter fruits, such as strawberries, will need less agave nectar. Wash, clean and peel the fruit. Cut up large fruits into pieces.

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Step 3

Place the fruit into the pot and add the agave nectar to your desired sweetness. Agave nectar is sweeter than sugar, so use about 3/4 of the amount of agave nectar as you normally would sugar when making jam. Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture boils and the fruit is very soft. Add the pouch of pectin and mash the fruit until the pectin is stirred in and the jam is smooth and thick. Remove from heat.

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Step 4

Cool the mixture slightly. Add the jam to the jars and follow your favorite canning method. If you plan on freezing or refrigerating the jam, canning is unnecessary.

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Tips & Warnings

  • The jam may be slightly less thick than if you had used sugar.
  • The mixture will be extremely hot and will probably bubble strongly while cooking. You may want to wear gloves while stirring.

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