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.


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.