Commercial Sources of Pectin
Of course, pectin can be found in almost any mainstream grocery store, but you have to be careful of which brand you select. Because of varying formulas in different brands, some may jell better than others depending on what is being made into jelly or jam. My mother always used SureJell because of the type of jams and jellies that we made. Our produce tends to have a higher acid content due to the area where we lived and Certo Pectin never seemed to work well for us. Of course, I’m not trying to downplay the effectiveness of brands other than Sure Jell, but speaking from experience.
Another reason that I use Surejell pectin, is that I’m at risk of developing diabetes, and Surejell has a low to no sugar formula that works very well with the types of produce we preserve. Certo also carries a low sugar pectin.
These are all considered to be ‘high-methoxyl’ formulas of pectin.
Certo and Surejell each cost about $2.50-3.00 per 1.5 ounce box, making either one extremely economical.
Pomona’s Universal Pectin,(the low-methoxyl pectin) which is made in Denmark of pure citrus can be found in health food stores and is sure to be in the mainline grocery stores soon. I personally have never used this brand, but after having read consumer comments: am positive that it will become a great alternative to the high-methoxyl, sugar based brands of pectin. The only real drawback is that the price lists for about twice as much as regular pectin. Of course if you’re diabetic and trying to eat healthier, the pros definitely outweigh the cons.
Whether you choose to use Surejell, Certo, Pomona’s or another brand, you are sure to have a great time making jellies, jams and other delicious concoctions!