help - added the sugar before the pectin
I'm making peach jam, intending to follow the Ball Pectin recipe, but I got distracted and added the sugar to the crushed peaches and lemon juice, instead of adding the pectin, cooking it, and then adding the sugar. I haven't cooked it yet, and am wondering the best way to rescue. I'm not sure of the purpose for cooking the pectin with the fruit and lemon juice, so can't figure out a way to rescue it. One possibility that occurs to me is to bag the pectin altogether, and try to make jam without added pectin. I had 6.5 cups of crushed peaches, on the ripe side, and added 8 cups of sugar (based on the 4 cups peaches to 5 cups sugar ratio of the recipe). That is a lot of sugar for the no-pectin recipes I have. What's the best way out of this mess? There is a store I could probably buy more peaches at tonight, if that helps. Thanks.