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Making Jams and Jellies

Reduced-Sugar Fruit Spreads: Refrigerated Apple Spread

Refrigerated Apple Spread (Made with Gelatin)

  • 2 tbsp unflavored gelatin powder
  • 1 qt bottle unsweetened apple juice
  • 2 tbsp bottled lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp liquid low-calorie sweetener
  • Food coloring, if desired

Yield: 4 half-pints

Procedure: In a saucepan, soften the gelatin in the apple and lemon juices. To dissolve gelatin, bring to a full rolling boil and boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in sweetener and food coloring, if desired. Fill jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Adjust lids. Do not process or freeze. Caution: Store in refrigerator and use within 4 weeks.

Optional: For spiced apple jelly, add 2 sticks of cinnamon and 4 whole cloves to mixture before boiling. Remove both spices before adding the sweetener and food coloring.


This document was adapted from the "Complete Guide to Home Canning," Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 539, USDA, revised 2015.

Reviewed March 2017.

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