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Special Diets

Foods made commercially for special diets can be costly. Consumers who must eat these foods may want to preserve these products at home. This includes making low-salt and low- or no-sugar products. Just know that the color, flavor, and texture may be different and less acceptable.

For canned tomatoes, vegetables and all types of meats, salt may be left out. It is only used for flavor. For canned fruit, sugar may be reduced or left out, leaving plain water as the canning liquid. Another option, instead of water, is unsweetened fruit juice.

For jellied products using artificial sweeteners, be sure to use low-methoxy pectin (low- or no-sugar pectin) that has calcium in the ingredient statement. Calcium will help these types of jellied products form a gel.

Pickling without Sugar or Salt

Canning without Sugar or Salt