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Any Sugar Free jams or jellies beside Smuckers?

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Created April 01, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Hey everyone, just a simple question. I have tried the sugar free preserves from Smuckers and they're alright, but not as "thick" as the other jams (their #1 ingredient by weight is water so that explains it). Anyone else here know of any other brands of sugar-free, low-carb jams and jellies besides Smuckers? Extra credit if you find one sweetened with erythritol, that'd be awesome. Thanks in advance.

Note: I'm in the U.S. so I might not have access to the U.K. brands.

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416 · April 05, 2014 at 11:29 PM

you should just look around.. you can find them anywhere.

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463 · April 03, 2014 at 1:53 PM

No problem, glad to be of assistance. Yeah I searched for quite some time before I found something that tasted like peanut butter but was actually not filled with polyunsaturated fat and sugar. Luckily I found that brand. It might not be 100% paleo since peanuts are technically legumes, but it makes me happy to know that it's effect on blood glucose and it's insulin response are minimal, plus it's pretty nutritious. So it's actually quite healthy and ultimately that's what matters to me.

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1197 · April 03, 2014 at 1:07 AM

I use the Earth Balance Coconut Peanut!!! It is CRAZY GOOD! I spread it on the very occasional slice of apple just to have something sweet. I'm not so set on being totally paleo (even though I end up being paleo/primal in my daily habits with not much deviation) I just like to figure out things that are healthy and sustainable for me - and with ideas like these, this diet is working very well for me! thanks!!!

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8065 · April 03, 2014 at 12:16 AM

You can make a larger amount and freeze it in ice cube trays (my answer to everything ;o). Then just thaw what you need. So you'll have some for those lazy days :o)

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463 · April 02, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Thanks, I really appreciate the advice. I will try making my own no sugar added raspberry or blueberry jam one of these days, I still have a good amount of erythritol and stevia around, I'll use that for extra sweetness in case it's lacking.

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463 · April 02, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Yeah I have seen the ones with fruit juice as sweetener. Unfortunately that means it still relies on some form of sugar, which I'm trying to avoid since I am low-carb. The Smuckers one has 0g of sugar and almost no net carbs since it's mostly fiber, so I was just wondering if there were better alternatives out there which were also sugar-free.

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463 · April 02, 2014 at 2:04 PM

That would be awesome, so far the only ones that they sell in the farmers' markets close to me have sugar added, and lots of it.

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463 · April 02, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Hahaha! LOL. That fried rice thing made me laugh pretty good :)

Yeah I guess you could also use peanut butter instead of almond butter. If you do get peanut butter, I recommend earth balance peanut butter with coconut (http://earthbalancenatural.com/product/creamy-coconut-peanut-spread/) because they use high-oleic peanuts (peanuts high in MUFAs and almost zero PUFAs) and they mix it with extra virgin coconut oil. It is very low in carbs and sugar, moderate protein and high in healthy fat (specially MUFA and SFA) with a decent amount of nutrition. Not 100% paleo, but still good/healthy.

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1197 · April 02, 2014 at 4:56 AM

Yes it's true - this kind of jam is much lighter and not as chewy and "jammy" - it's more like marmalade. I have NEVER thought of just scooping it up with peanut butter, like a pudding? Interesting and sounds YUMMY!!!! BTW - I had fried rice for dinner inspired by your PHD comment to me - IT WAS SO GOOD! Thank you for reminding me of it! (being serious!)

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I forgot to add: no sugar jams must be refrigerated after opening. They keep several weeks in the refrigerator. That is why I use the smallest 1/4 pint jars, so it will always be fresh.Learned this from farm ladies. Can make sugar free purple grape but more work: Squeeze out centers, save skins. Boil centers 10 min until soft. Sieve out seeds. Return seeded cooked centers to pot, with skins, Boil as above. Skins disintegrate into glorious purple scented mass. When reduce after 20 - 30 min, can as above. Amazingly delicious

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463 · April 01, 2014 at 9:58 PM

I eat it with nut butter, usually almond butter. I scoop half a spoon of jelly and half a spoon of almond butter onto a teaspoon and eat it straight up. It kind of reminds me of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (minus the spike in blood sugar). The sugar free Smuckers ones (strawberry or blackberry) with stevia taste great, but it feels too light and not chunky or thick enough. I like jam to be thicker and have a more dense texture to it.

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1197 · April 01, 2014 at 9:49 PM

I second the greatness of this answer. I grow stevia in my garden and often use it as a sweetener in homemade jams - so superior to the sugar-free ones (I haven't found any I like). But I wonder what you put jam on @TheGastronomer - I give away so much because I have nothing I like to put it on that isn't totally a carb bomb. ps if you can up your jam properly it will be shelf stable for the times you feel lazy, as long as you have enough acid in it

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463 · April 01, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Thanks for the suggestion, it is a good one indeed. I have tried making my own home made jams before and they truly are good. I was just wondering if there were any ready made no-sugar varieties out there that I could use instead. Mainly for the days that I'm super tired or lazy and don't feel like making jam.

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0 · April 02, 2014 at 3:46 AM

local farm stands near me seem to carry stuff like this as "fruit spread" with the only ingredient being fruit and in some cases water. just ask your farmers!!!

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463 · April 02, 2014 at 2:04 PM

That would be awesome, so far the only ones that they sell in the farmers' markets close to me have sugar added, and lots of it.

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0 · April 02, 2014 at 1:25 AM

I either make my own chia jam or I like Crofter's and Trader Joe's. They use fruit juice to sweeten it.

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463 · April 02, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Yeah I have seen the ones with fruit juice as sweetener. Unfortunately that means it still relies on some form of sugar, which I'm trying to avoid since I am low-carb. The Smuckers one has 0g of sugar and almost no net carbs since it's mostly fiber, so I was just wondering if there were better alternatives out there which were also sugar-free.

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0 · April 01, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Blueberries make a great no sugar jam. Add 2 qts cleaned fresh blueberries gradually to heating thick bottom pot, mashing slightly as you go. SImmer uncovered 20 min until it reduces like a jam. Will go from foamy to shiny. Process 1/4 pint jars in water bath canner 15 min and seal. Very safe due to acidity. Sometimes I add a half pint raspberries or strawberries. Blueberries are key. They are less dry than other berries and form the jam base. You must cut up other berries well, and mash them so they are not chunky, or the jam will separate. Check Ball canning book. It is the safest thing to can. So good. Keeps a year. Or just refrigerate. The only jam I eat now

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0 · April 01, 2014 at 10:20 PM

I forgot to add: no sugar jams must be refrigerated after opening. They keep several weeks in the refrigerator. That is why I use the smallest 1/4 pint jars, so it will always be fresh.Learned this from farm ladies. Can make sugar free purple grape but more work: Squeeze out centers, save skins. Boil centers 10 min until soft. Sieve out seeds. Return seeded cooked centers to pot, with skins, Boil as above. Skins disintegrate into glorious purple scented mass. When reduce after 20 - 30 min, can as above. Amazingly delicious

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8065 · April 01, 2014 at 8:54 PM

When I want "jam", I just cook down some low glycemic berries with some lemon juice and sweetener of choice (if necessary, depends on how sweet the berries are). You can add some chia seeds as a thickener. Since you're not going to can this, make only as much as you need for a day or two, it won't keep long.

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1197 · April 01, 2014 at 9:49 PM

I second the greatness of this answer. I grow stevia in my garden and often use it as a sweetener in homemade jams - so superior to the sugar-free ones (I haven't found any I like). But I wonder what you put jam on @TheGastronomer - I give away so much because I have nothing I like to put it on that isn't totally a carb bomb. ps if you can up your jam properly it will be shelf stable for the times you feel lazy, as long as you have enough acid in it

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463 · April 01, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Thanks for the suggestion, it is a good one indeed. I have tried making my own home made jams before and they truly are good. I was just wondering if there were any ready made no-sugar varieties out there that I could use instead. Mainly for the days that I'm super tired or lazy and don't feel like making jam.

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