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The Educated Consumer: Pomona’s Universal Pectin

By: Hollie M. Hunt-Last, D. C’Ed. ROHP/RHN – Moncton, NB

pomona's pectin

I was lucky enough to recently have a bounty of grapes surrounding my home. I quickly collected before the birds did; but then what was I to do with them all? Jelly! I searched for the perfect recipe … Yet, every one I found called for SO much sugar. It seemed like a waste to turn these lovely, organic fruits into jelly-candy! That’s when I went on a search for an alternative … and found it … Voila … “Pomona’s Universal Pectin” to the rescue!

This pectin jells with a very low amount of sugar … and you decide what kind of sugar you will use! As it says on the box, “Regular fruit pectin requires your jam or jelly to be 55-85% sugar to set firmly. Pomona’s is pure citrus pectin with no dextrose or preservatives. Its jelling power is activated by calcium (included), not by sugar content…. You can use this pectin with any type of sweetener.”

1 box makes up to 22 half-pint (8 oz) jars. You can also adjust your batches apparently (I started with just one at first but am anxious to try more at a time!). Many ‘traditional’ recipes tell you that you cannot double batches as it will not set.

This product is vegan and gluten free.

Questions about this product? You can go online to check out their recipes and FAQ.


The Educated Consumer: Gluten-Free Pancake Heaven!

By: Hollie M. Hunt-Last, D. C’Ed. ROHP/RHN – Moncton, NB

PC gf pancake

I stumbled across the boxes of gluten free pancake mix in the organic section of the Superstore one day. I looked at all the different ingredient lists and finally settled upon this particular box. “How bad can it be?” I thought … I should have wondered “How GOOD could it be?” These pancakes were every bit as satisfying as a ‘regular’ batch of pancakes could be! Naturally, pancake batter can be used for far more than just pancakes … it can become the coating on onion rings or a dumpling-like crust on pot pie, etc.

Celiacs have spent decades without the luxury of custom-made gluten-free boxed foods such as this. I am sure that now many people are rejoicing over the increase in products on the shelves out there designed to better meet their needs. As a non-celiac person reducing the amount of gluten eaten in my household, I am happy to have made this delicious find!