stack of pancakes topped with blueberries and drizzled with fruit sauce

Fruit Sauce

Fruit Sauce is a low-sugar or low-honey sauce made with Pomona’s Universal Pectin, using your choice of fruit and Pomona’s Pectin jam recipe. Pomona’s Universal Pectin contains no sugar or preservatives and jells reliably with low amounts of any sweetener.


Option: As with Pomona’s Jam & Jelly recipes, you can halve or quarter the recipe to make just one or two jars of sauce for immediate consumption. The sauce will last for 3 weeks in the refrigerator.
Just remember to do your math! And use a scant half of the amount of the pectin you’ve already halved or quartered. I learned the hard way it is best to do the math and write it all down before you start!
Servings 5 cups


  • Find the jam recipe for the fruit you want to make into a sauce. Can be found on the recipe sheet that comes with Pomona’s Pectin, or use any of the jam recipes on our website.
  • Use 1/3 up to 1/2 the amount of pectin as in the jam recipe. Generally, a scant 1/2 seemed to give the best sauce consistency.
  • All of the other ingredients in the recipe stay the same.


  • Before you begin, prepare calcium water.
    To do this, combine ½ teaspoon calcium powder (in the small packet in your box of Pomona’s pectin) with ½ cup water in a small, clear jar with a lid. Shake well.
    Extra calcium water should be stored in the refrigerator for future use.
  • Wash jars, lids, and bands. Place jars in canner, fill canner 2/3 full with water, bring to a boil. Turn off heat, cover, and keep jars in hot canner water until ready to use. Place lids in water in a small sauce pan; cover and heat to a low boil. Turn off heat and keep lids in hot water until ready to use.
  • Prepare fruit.
  • Measure mashed fruit into sauce pan.
  • Add calcium water and lemon or lime juice (if called for in the recipe) and mix well.
  • Measure sugar or room temperature honey into a bowl. Thoroughly mix correct amount of pectin powder into sweetener. Set aside.
  • Bring fruit mixture to a full boil. Add pectin-sweetener mixture, stirring vigorously for 1 to 2 minutes to dissolve the pectin while the mixture comes back up to a boil. Once the mixture returns to a full boil, remove it from the heat.
  • Fill hot jars to ¼” of top. Wipe rims clean. Screw on 2-piece lids. Put filled jars in boiling water to cover. Boil 10 minutes (add 1 minute more for every 1,000 ft. above sea level). Remove from water. Let jars cool. Check seals; lids should be sucked down. Eat within 1 year. Lasts 3 weeks once opened.

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2 Responses

  1. Kristi
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    Using the same (safe) fruit : lemon juice/acid : sugar ratios in the recipes, why would the sauce recipe not be safe to can like the other recipes (that have more pectin)>>>The sauce will last for 3 weeks in the refrigerator<<<

    OR did you just mean that after opening, the sauces last 3 week in the fridge?


    • Shelby Collings
      | Reply

      After opening the sauce will last for up to 3 weeks in the fridge. They canned sauce has the same 1 year shelf life as other low sugar preserves. 😊

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