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Old 03-16-2008, 01:27 PM   #1
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Question Is tartaric acid necessary in strawberry jam?

Hello, I live in Egypt (I'm from New Zealand), where ingredients aren't always available so have to substitute. It's strawberry season here at the moment and I am wondering if tartaric acid is really necessary or whether it's more for a longer shelf life that it's used. I believe it gives an edge to the taste but is the lack of it going to interfere with the setting?

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if you use proper jam sugar and everything comes up to the correct temp and the jars are sterile, you don`t need to add Anything to it.

but if you Insist on using an organic acid, then use Citric rather than tartaric.
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Old 03-16-2008, 01:43 PM   #3
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What is "jam sugar", I am unlikely to find it here.
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Old 03-16-2008, 01:57 PM   #4
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it`s a finer ground sugar (like castor sugar) with added pectin, and I believe it used Fructose (a mono sachride) rather than Sucrose (which is a disachride).

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Old 03-16-2008, 02:25 PM   #5
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hmmm...thanks for that. However with only arabic markets where I live and no hope of finding such stuff I wonder if there is any part of another fruit I could use as a substitute, is it the kernals in apricots for example that is used for this purpose in apricot jam?
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do NOT use apricot kernels!

try boiling lemon peel, it contains plenty Pectin IIRC.

and Trust me on the Apricot kernels DO NOT use them!
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Yeah listen to YT on the kernels ... unless there are a few people that you want to be rid of!! LOL

We ever only used normal white sugar with some lemon juice.
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We've never used anything but plain old sugar and lemon juice (add some pectin if you want to make sure it sets firm) and it makes great jam.

If you want to superfine your sugar, just give it a whirl in your food processor with the metal blade for about 30 seconds.
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ok, so, why not use apricot kernels. just for f.y.i..

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Cyanide is produced from apricot kernels.
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