Pear Jam not setting

Asked September 12, 2018, 10:03 PM EDT

I made some pear jam this afternoon. It called for “one box of sure jell powdered pectin” and after doing a bit of digging, I found that it was equal to one packet of liquid pectin. Except now my jam isn’t set. If I re-boil it and add another packet of the liquid pectin will it perhaps set? Is there another way to fix it? Or am I stuck with a big batch of soupy “jam”? Thanks! -Carrie

Yamhill County Oregon

1 Response


Thank you for your question. Yes, unfortunately liquid pectin and powdered pectin are not interchangeable. You can try to remake the jam by following the instructions in our "Remaking Soft Jellies" publication available at:

I hope this works for you!

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Best wishes.