I always wondered what the difference was between MCP and SURE JELL pectin. They are both made by the same company and both are 100% natural?
SURE JELL calls for sugar, fruit, and pectin. Yield is 5 cups, does not set up as well as MCP. MCP calls for sugar, corn (karo) syrup, fruit, lemon juice, and pectin (the karo syrup is supposed to keep the jam from forming crystals while in the freezer). The MCP has a little less sugar but makes 7 cups per box, and sets up better.
Here is the SURE JELL:
Wash all containers and lids in hot soapy water, rinse well, and drain until dry.
The instructions are very simple and easy. It calls for 2 cups crushed strawberries.
I like to use my pastry blender to crush the fruit.
Then I stir in 4 cups of sugar and set aside for 10 min. while stirring sugar until dissolved with strawberries.
Boil and stir the pectin with 3/4 cup water for 1 minute. Then remove it from the heat.
Pour the hot pectin into the strawberry mixture. Mixing completely.
I filled 1-16oz, and 3-8oz containers, and put the freezer lids on securely. Off to a corner for 24 hours before putting them in the freezer. You can leave a container in the fridge for 3 weeks, or freezer for 1 year.
Important difference: This jam does not set up as well as the MCP. It is however still good jam, but is a little messy as it runs off your toast. Sure Jell jam makes a great fruit topping for pancakes and waffles.
Here is the MCP:
The MCP recipe takes a few more steps, but is also pretty quick and easy.
Wash and prepare your freezer containers.
Get your ingredients ready as you can see above.
MCP calls for 3 1/4 cup crushed berries which I crushed with my pastry blender. Then add 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (I use bottled).
Now, mix in MCP pectin, stirring until dissolved. Set aside for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in 1 cup Karo syrup. Then gradually add 4 1/2 cups sugar, stirring for approximately 3 minutes to dissolve the sugar. Fill freezer containers to within 1/2" of the top. Securely attach lids, and let sit on counter for 24 hours before putting in freezer. You can leave a container in the fridge for 3 weeks, or freezer for 1 year.
I have all sizes as you can see, I like to take a small one to my mother who only eats like a little birdie. You never know when you will need something to take to the neighbors?
All-in-all, MCP has my vote because it sets up well (Sure Jell does not set up well).
Now you know!