Dieters are continually looking for improved sugar substitutes. Stevia, a natural sweeter made from the stevia plant, obtained approval from the Food and Drug Administration as dietary supplement before the agency approved it as a food additive. Today it is an approved food additive in the United States. To reduce the calorie content of jam, use Stevia, available in powder form, instead of sugar.

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Raspberry Jam

Combine "No Sugar Needed" fruit pectin and 3/4 cup cold water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to medium heat and simmer for one minute, continually stirring.

Add raspberries to the saucepan and cook for one minute, continually stirring.

Stir in 1 tbsp. Stevia, cinnamon and ground cloves and remove from the heat. Hold jam in the saucepan for two minutes before canning, freezing or refrigerating.

Strawberry Jam

Combine strawberries and ¼ cup water in a saucepan and bring to a simmer.

Mash the strawberries when they are soft.

Dissolve 2 tsp. Stevia powder in lemon lemon juice and stir into the mashed strawberries. Allow to simmer, frequently stirring. It will take about 30 to 40 minutes for the jam to thicken.