I made some of the new "lite" jam which contains one-third less sugar than regular jam. Should this be stored in the refrigerator or freezer? Or, can it just be covered with paraffin and stored on the shelf like the directions recommend?
It is not necessary to refrigerate or freeze these "lite" jams made with Sure-Jell Light (TM) if they are sealed with two-piece canning lids and processed in a boiling-water canner. In Missouri, sealing sweet spreads with paraffin is not recommended because of the problem of mold growth in our humid climate. After opening, all sweet spreads should be refrigerated.
Note: Sure-Jell Light (TM) does include a freezer
jam recipe with their product and it can be stored in
the freezer per their directions.
Barbara Willenberg, Nutritional Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009