I usually make guava butter (which requires no pectin) but this year I decided to try making guava jam with Pomona Pectin.
For the recipe you will need:
- 4 cups mashed fruit
- 1/2 cup to 1 cup honey or 3/4 cup to 2 cups sugar (I used 3/4 cups of raw local honey)
- 1/4 cup lemon or lime juice (I juiced organic lemons)
- 3t pectin
- 4t calcium water (calcium is included with the pectin)
For 7 lbs of guavas I got approx 8 cups of juice. To get juice/pulp I filled a pot with the guavas and used a potato masher to mash the guavas as they heated up. I then used a hand fruit mill to get the pulp. Oh does it smell good.
The first jam I decided to make was a mixture of strawberries and guava. With Pomona you can double or triple and even halve or quarter your recipes! If you make a 1/4 recipe you could decide if you like your experiment before making a lot of it. Of course I never do anything small and I decided to make a double batch. I am glad I did because this jam it turned out so yummy.
Since I made a double batch I used a 16 oz container of organic strawberries which made approx. 2 cups of mashed fruit and then added the remaining 6 cups of guava pulp. After canning I ended up with 25 jars of jam.
I then made a double batch of just quava (I got 22 jars of jam) and then quava and peach. I personally prefer the quava peach.
For the peach jam I used 4 large peaches. After peeling and removing the pit I placed the peaches in my Ninja to mash. I got approx 2 cups of mash then added an additional 6 cups of guava. I was able to get 23 jars of jam.
Here are the approx. cost per jar:
- Pectin $.09 a jar
- Honey $.23 a jar (I buy the 12 lb container of honey as its much cheaper)
- Guavas Free
- Strawberries $.16 (I purchased for $4 lb)
- Peaches $.17 (This was at $1.99 lb)
- Lemons $.04 (Organic lemons at BJ’s)
- Jars $.67 (I was able to get them on sale at Ace $8 for 12)
Guava jam: $1.03 Guava/Strawberry jam: $1.19 Guava/Peach jam: $1.20
I have not found Pomona Pectin in any store in my area so I order from Amazon. The 6 pack is much cheaper than the single box. If you make jams or jellies give this pectin a try, it is amazing.