Pectin

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A gelling substance found naturally in vegetables and fruit. Pectin is needed as an ingredient when making jams and jellies to thicken the mixture to make it gel. Some fruits have high levels of pectin, such as apples, cranberries, blackberries, oranges, tangerines, quince, lemons, and grapes, to name a few. Other fruits such as apricots, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, pineapples, peaches, pears, and cherries are low in pectin. Consequently, those fruits low in pectin that are to be made into jelly or jam, cannot gel without adding some form of pectin, usually a commercially produced pectin, to the ingredients. By adding an artificially produced pectin in either a liquid or dry form, it reduces the cooking time and provides a fresh fruit flavor to the food being prepared.

USDA Nutrition Facts

Calories11
Protein0g
Total Fat0g
Total Carbohydrates2g
Dietary Fiber2g
Sugars0g
Potassium0mg
Sodium0mg
Cholesterol0mg
Serving Size1 package (1.75 oz)
Calories325
Protein0g
Total Fat0g
Total Carbohydrates90g
Dietary Fiber8g
Potassium7mg
Sodium200mg
Cholesterol0mg

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