Sunday, August 12, 2012


I've seen that some people who can/bottle make pectin from apples.  I've also seen that some recipes call for pectin but I didn't know what it was or why I would want to use it.  So I asked my mom.  She didn't know what or why either... other than her mom used it.  :-/

I told my mom that if I was going to go through the effort of making and canning my own jam, I wanted to make sure I knew what I was putting in it.  She told me to have fun with my research and let her know what I discovered.  lol.

So off to the Internet, I went...

According to Wikipedia, pectin is a structural heteropolysaccharide contained in the primary cell walls of terrestrial plants.

It's been a while since I've had any chemistry training, so I can't say I exactly know what a heteropolysaccharide is, but at least it's not from Extra-Terrestrial plants.  That would be difficult to source.  ;-)

According to PickYourOwn, pectin reduces cooking time for jams and jellies and allows you to use less sugar.  I'm not sure I buy the less sugar claim, but getting peaches to the jam stage with pectin takes a lot less time than getting peaches to the butter stage without pectin.

Pectin also has an entry on WebMD.  lol.

I also consulted a couple of books in my library and a few other websites that I don't remember.

Essentially pectin is a fruit-based complex-carbohydrate that can be used as a thickening agent and is apparently good for resolving diarrhea.

I feel better now.  Don't you?  ;-)

1 comment:

Spinster Beth said...

I knew it was a thickening agent ... didn't know it was an anti-diarrheal!