ClearJel for making jams and jellies?
OK, so we started a canning club - within a couple of weeks, we had 45 members. Yikes! Our second meeting is coming up and we will be making red pepper jelly. It is easy, fast and water bath. Many of our members do not have pressure canners yet.
One of the benefits of a club is bulk buying. I ordered 25 pounds of ClearJel for making pie fillings. The product has great reviews in the USDA and Ball canning books. Its not available except by mail order and is terribly expensive buying by the pound on Amazon. This way, members can buy by the pound for around $4 and have a readily available source.
Buying liquid pectin is a major expense in making the jellies. Just wondering if the ClearJel can be used to make clear jellies like the pepper jellies. Pectin seems to be used only as a thickener and ClearJel could do that, couldn't it? I've found no source for bulk Pectin, certainly not the liquid kind.
We are in a low income rural area, and price is a major reason folks are interested in canning. Do you have any suggestions for us in terms of economy in canning?