Low-sugar damson jam offers a tantalizing alternative to traditional, sugar-laden versions. The small, dark purple fruit – a member of the plum family – boasts a tart and tangy flavor, making it the perfect candidate for a reduced sugar recipe. (Find a sugar-free recipe at Sugar Free Damson Jam Recipe)
Making low sugar damson jam follows the same process as traditional damson jam, with the addition of a sugar substitute such as Stevia or Erythritol to curb the sugar content. The fruit is cleaned, pitted, and mashed or pureed, then combined with the sugar substitute and fruit pectin, a natural thickener that helps set the jam.
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With the ability to make small batches, low-sugar damson jam offers greater control over sugar and taste. This allows for the jam to retain its signature tartness and tanginess, yet still provides a sweet taste.
Low-sugar damson jam is a perfect choice for those seeking to lower their sugar intake or manage their weight. Traditional jams, high in sugar and calories, can pose problems for those with health conditions or weight goals. In contrast, low sugar damson jam has lower calories, making it a healthy option.
This alternative jam also boasts a longer shelf life, as the reduced sugar content decreases the risk of fermentation or mold. Low-sugar damson jam can be spread on toast, sandwiches, and crackers for a quick snack. It also makes a delicious topping for ice cream, yogurt, or pancakes, and even a flavorful addition to tofu or other dishes.
In conclusion, low sugar damson jam offers a tasty and healthy option for everyone. The naturally tart and tangy damson fruit, combined with a sugar substitute, results in a jam that retains its flavor while reducing sugar content. With the ability to make small batches, longer shelf life, and versatility in use, low sugar damson jam is a smart choice for those seeking a healthier jam option.
Low-Sugar Damson Jam Recipe
- 2 pounds damson plums
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- Rinse the damson plums and remove the pits. Cut the plums into small pieces and place them in a large pot.
- Add the sugar, honey, and lemon juice to the pot and stir well.
- Place the pot over medium heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling, reduce the heat to low and let the jam simmer for about 20-30 minutes, or until it thickens. Stir occasionally to prevent the jam from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
- To test if the jam is done, you can use the plate test. Place a small spoonful of jam on a plate and let it cool. If the jam holds its shape and wrinkles when you push it with your finger, it’s done.
- Remove the pot from the heat and let the jam cool for a few minutes. Carefully ladle the jam into clean jars and let it cool completely.
- Once the jam has cooled, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 months or in the freezer for up to a year.
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