Can I use stevia for sugar in canning cowboy candy jalapenos. I eat keto and I just love cowboy candy. It calls for 6 cups of sugar. If it would work would you be able to tell me how much stevia to use? Thank you so very much Yvonne
Mercer County Ohio food preparation
Thank you for your question, Yvonne. I suspect you meant it to be sent to Ohio State Extension, rather than Oregon State Extension. Here is the correct Extension office for it: https://mercer.osu.edu/ Good luck!
Sorry it took a little time to respond, I wanted to check in with our State Food Safety Specialist to make sure I am on track. While I can see a number of cowboy candy pepper recipes on line, I don't see any that have been tested by Extension or a government site. We can only safely recommend that people use recipes from sites like our https://ohioline.osu.edu/topic/food or the National Center for Home Food Preservation https://nchfp.uga.edu/. It is possible that another state has a recipe, but I could not find one to recommend. If you want to do a refrigerator stable cowboy candy pepper you could use Stevia in place of the sugar. The texture may be a bit different with the substitution.