The 3 Best Pectin Brands for Canning Jelly, Jam, and Preserves

When making jam, jelly, or any type of preserves the type of pectin you use is really important. Not only do most people overpay for what they use, but the quality of the overpriced “regular” stuff simply also doesn’t match up to premium brands. If you are a serious canner, please take my advice and get high-quality bulk pectin for your jams and jellies.

The best quality pectin brands for canning:

  1. Pomona’s Universal Pectin
  2. Weaver’s Country Market Pectin
  3. Hoosier Hill Fruit Pectin

Now let’s go through the different types of fruit pectin so you know what to avoid and which to choose.

Types Of Pectin

There are basically two types of pectin:

1. High Methoxyl Pectin

The most common type of pectin. “HM” pectin is made from apples and/or the peels of citrus fruits. This type requires sugar in order to gel properly.

2. Low Methoxyl Pectin

“LM” pectin is also made from apples and citrus peels. However, it relies on calcium to firm up. This is an amazing option for those looking to make sugar-free or low-calorie jams and jellies.

Now that you have a basic understanding of what fruit pectin is, let’s go through my favorite brands so that you can make an informed decision.

The Top Pectin Brands

#1. Pomona’s Universal Pectin

The Cadillac of Pectin. A bit more expensive, but well worth the price tag. The great thing about Pomona’s is an LM pectin and is activated by calcium. This is the best option for those looking to make low or no-sugar jams and jellies.

Picture of one of my pectin boxes

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#2. Weaver’s Country Market Pectin

A less expensive high-quality pectin brand. If you are making normal jams and jelly that contain sugar, Weaver’s is the way to go. It’s much less expensive than Pomona’s and is an excellent product.

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#3. Hoosier Hill Fruit Pectin

A quality budget option. Very nice option if you are making large quantities of product with sugar. Available in 25-pound cases. They sometimes even offer big discounts if you buy more than that.

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1. Pomona’s

The priciest brand of the three but comparable to the price of Sure-Jell.

However, you get what you pay for. Pomona’s is preservative-free and calcium-activated (Calcium packet included). This pectin does not require any sugar when making jams, jellies, or any type of preserves.

For those that like to make sugar-free, diabetic-friendly options, this is the best pectin for you. I recommend trying Monk fruit sweetener (Click to see on Amazon) along with Pomona’s. The taste is really great this way. You can thank me later.

A great option is to get Pomona’s Pectin for when you want to make low-sugar varieties and also invest in the #2 option on our list for your traditional jams, jellies, and preserves.

Pomona’s Ingredients

  • 100% Pure Citrus Pectin Only

Pomona’s is also Vegan, Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, with no additives, no preservatives, and no corn or apple by-products.

2. Weaver’s

If you are tired of paying Sure-Jell prices and want to have consistent quality, then you can’t beat Weaver’s Country Market Fruit Pectin. This is a really nice “workhorse” option for those looking to make a lot of jelly or jam.

Never buy expensive individual packets again. Since pectin will keep at least one year, with proper storage, and often a lot longer, there is no reason to buy pectin ala carte.

Available in 5, 10, or 25-pound bags. You can also get a 9-pound container with a screw-on lid if preferred.

Weaver’s Ingredients

  • Dextrose
  • Fruit Pectin
  • Fumaric Acid

3. Hoosier Hill

As generally the least pricey quality brand, although comparable in price to Weaver’s, some prefer Hoosier Hill over all other brands. I guess it’s kind of like preferring Coke over Pepsi, they are really similar, but avid drinkers know the difference.

In my opinion, there is no difference. Both use the same ingredients and are reputable companies. Check the current price of each and just go with the least expensive one right now. You really can’t go wrong that way.

Hoosier Hill Ingredients

  • Dextrose
  • Fruit Pectin
  • Fumaric Acid

Pectin Shelf Life

Most manufacturers usually list a shelf life of about 12 months. However, when stored properly in a dark cool place, there’s no reason it can’t last even longer. Even so, I wouldn’t keep more than one bulk bag or extra crate on hand.

My advice is that you keep one extra 5, 10, or 25-pound bag or crate on hand (depending on how much jelly you tend to make). Once you rotate in a new bag of product, go ahead and order your spare immediately. That way, you never get caught lacking a key ingredient.

Pectin Substitutes


There are several substitutes for pectin in jam-making. These include making your own pectin, cornstarch, jello, and a few others.

For more, don’t miss 8 Best Substitutes for Pectin in Jam Making.

Are There Pectin Allergies?

Pectin allergies are typically rare. However, reactions can sometimes occur for people who are sensitive to cashews and pistachios.

It is best to check with a medical professional before consuming pectin. There is an allergy test available to see if you are allergic to fruit pectin.

Pectin Side Effects

Fruit pectin has a few potential side effects, including:

  1. Mild diarrhea and/or stomach cramps.
  2. Some cancer treatments are known to be interfered with by pectin if taken without supervision.
  3. Drugs such as digoxin, lovastatin, and tetracycline antibiotics are sometimes inhibited by pectin.

Does Pectin Conform With Common Diets?

Fruit pectin is naturally occurring and made from fruits and vegetables. Therefore, it is usually okay to consume on many common diets such as Paleo, Halal, Gluten-Free, and Vegan.

However, be sure to check the individual ingredients and preparation method before deciding if it fits your diet or not.


Pectin is a key ingredient in many types of preserves. It is an investment in creating good quality jelly that sets fast and firm. I hope I have helped you come to an informed decision on which brand to purchase.

Take my advice and buy the stuff in bulk and cut way down on the bottom line required to create each batch.

Thanks for stopping by!

For more, don’t miss The Essential List of Jam and Jelly-Making Tools.

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Anne James

Anne James has a wealth of experience in a wide array of interests and is an expert in quilting, cooking, gardening, camping, mixing drinks (bartending), and making jelly. Anne has a professional canning business, has been featured in the local newspaper as well as on the Hershey website, and has been her family canner for decades. Anyone growing up in the South knows that there is always a person in the family who has knowledge of the “old ways,” and this is exactly what Anne is. With over 55 years of experience in these endeavors, she brings a level of hands-on knowledge that is hard to surpass. Amazingly, she doesn’t need to reference many resources due to her vast wealth of experience. She IS the source. Anne wants nothing more than to pass on her extensive knowledge to the next generations, whether that be family or anyone visiting her website, her YouTube channel, or

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