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Is Pectin lost or reduced by freezing
Mon 18-Oct-10
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I've had to resort to freezing some of my produce over the late summer, due to just not enough time to do anything. I have a freezer full of blackcurrants, plums, redcurrants, blackberries, sloes, rosehips etc.

Does anyone know if the pectin content is reduced by freezing, I've looked on the internet but can't seem to get a straight and simple answer.

 

Mon 18-Oct-10
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I've used frozen blackcurrents, blackberries and rosehips successfully, and I think you should be okay with sloes, - don't know about redcurrants and plums.  Someone on this forum should be able to tell you whether they have a naturally high pectin level, in which case they should be fine. 

If you can get your hands on any apples, especially cookers, crabs or  or hard green ones, you can make a pectin juice and then add it to jams/jellies with low-pectin fruit, eg strawberries.  Look at the Jams or Jellies thread under this topic for loads of advice.  wink

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Tue 19-Oct-10
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Totally agree with you, Heather, about the apples - you don't even need to use the apple flesh for the pectin! Use the apple as if you are making apple compote/pie or whatever, and use the cores and peel of the apples to cook up for the pectin required.

As I understand, redcurrants are high in pectin - see here (scroll down) for a table illustrating the pectin content/quality of most fruits.

Good Luck.

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Wed 20-Oct-10
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I've read about making pectin from apples, but all the books say it doesn't keep and you need to use it within a few days...I've got hundreds of apples and so would have a go if i could get it to keep longer, could I heat treat it, or again would that spoil the pectin?

Thu 21-Oct-10
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I have frozen mine - and it still works.

This has always been from Bramley apples, so not sure if it would work with other varieties of apples - worth a try, though!

Good luck.

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Thu 21-Oct-10
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That's good -all our trees are bramleys - thanks guys

Fri 22-Oct-10
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Thanks for this thread, we have loads of bigish crab apples just up the lane from us, now I can collect them. 😀

 

Can you freeze strawberrys for jam making later??  It would be good to get the "reduced for quick sale " ones  and store them up for a couple of batches.

Fri 22-Oct-10
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Oh no, the thought of frozen strawberries!  Surely they will just go to mush?  

I'll try that again!

Fri 22-Oct-10
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That, alas was what i was thinking,  🙁

Sat 23-Oct-10
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I've done it before. You don't get big "chunks" of fruit, but the flavor is still loads better than the store bought stuff! Unless you were daft enough to store the bag next to the frozen peppers...... THEN you get an "interesting" flavored jam. Don't ask me how I know this.... embarassed ponder doh

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