Canning with Stevia
My husband is now a type 2 diabetic. I cannot have artificial sweeteners. I would like to find a way to can fruit without doing it one way for him and a different way for me. I've been using Stevia with fruit I am putting up in the freezer. Can I also use Stevia instead of sugar with the fruit I am canning?
Since Stevia is heat stable it would be safe to use for canning your fruit however the texture, flavor and color will probably not be the same as canning in a light sugar syrup
You might like to try canning some of you fruit in natural fruit juices and see if you like the flavor and texture. Pears and peaches can well in orange juice, white grape or apple juice. You can also can using plain water and then sweetening the fruit when you open the jars.
I would try cooking some of your fruit until it is tender in the liquid you chose then cool it down and see if you like the flavor and texture.
Here is some information on using Stevia in canning from Penn State University
Penn State Extension says, Stevia is stable to heat and could be used for canning fruit and other products where sugar is not critical to food safety or texture. Rebaudioside A, the active ingredient in Stevia, is 300 times sweeter than sugar. ... Stevia-based sweeteners are heat stable and may be used in canning fruit.”
If you have other food preservation/safety questions you might like to call the OSU Food Preservation/Safety Hotline open M-F from 9 am-4pm until Mid October. Certified Master Food Preeserversw are available to answer your calls.
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