California Ingredients is now manufacturing a new product “Stay Fresh”. Stay Fresh utilizes citric acid and ascorbic acid to prevent the darkening of fruit. A little bit goes a long ways. Use .35% to .4 % of your total batch weight for jams and jellies. Fruit darkens due to exposure to oxygen/free iron and cooking at a high temperature. Stay Fresh deals with the oxygen and binds the iron. Keeping your boil time as short as possible will help on the cooking side. This is also one of the benefits of freezer jams also called no cook jams. For those of you that pick fresh fruit for your jams and fresh some for future use can benefit from Stay Fresh. Mix 1 part Stay Fresh with 6 parts water and add to spray bottle. Spray your fruit immediately after cutting and or processing and before freezing. This will help maintain the original color of the fruit at the time of freezing. Stay Fresh also enhances your jams and jellies because it is a great source of Vitamin C. See our website or contact us directly for more information.