Michigan State University Extension
Preserving Food Safely - 01600511


Most fruits will have better texture if packed in sugar
or syrup although sugar is not necessary to preserve the

There are three ways of packing fruits whole or in pieces-
syrup pack, sugar pack and unsweetened pack. Fruits can
also be packed crushed, pureed and juiced.

Your selection of the packing method will depend on the
intended use. Fruits packed in a syrup are generally best
for dessert use.

Even though some unsweetened fruits may yield a slightly
lower quality product than packs with sugar, directions
are for unsweetened packs and are included whenever they are
satisfactory because they are often needed for special
diets. Fruits, such as gooseberries, currants, cranberries,
rhubarb and figs, will give good quality packs with or
without sugar.

Syrup pack
A 40-percent syrup (1 cup water to 3/4 cup sugar) is
recommended for most fruits. For some mild-flavored
fruits, lighter syrups are desirable to prevent masking of
flavor. Heavier syrups may be needed for very sour fruits.

In the directions for each fruit, syrups are called for
according to the percentage of sugar in the syrup. Below is
a master recipe from which any of the syrups can be made.
It takes one-half to two-thirds cup of syrup for each pint
package of fruit.

Type of syrup Sugar Water
Cups Cups
30-percent syrup...... 2-1/4 5-1/4
40-percent syrup...... 3-1/4 5
50-percent syrup...... 4 4-1/4

To make the syrup, dissolve sugar in lukewarm water,
mixing until the solution is clear. Chill syrup before

In general, up to one-fourth of the sugar may be
replaced by corn syrup. A larger proportion of corn syrup
may be used if a very bland, light-color corn syrup is

When packing fruit into containers be sure the syrup
covers the fruit, so that the top pieces will not darken.
To keep the fruit under the syrup, place a small piece of
crumpled parchment paper or other water-resistant wrapping
material on top and press fruit down into syrup before
closing and sealing the container.

Sugar pack
Cut fruit into a bowl or shallow pan. Sprinkle the
sugar (quantity needed given in the directions for each
fruit) over the fruit. To mix, use a large spoon or pancake
turner. Mix gently until juice is drawn out and sugar is

Put fruit and juice into containers. Place a small piece
of crumpled parchment paper or other water-resistant
wrapping material on top to hold fruit down in juice. Close
and seal the container.

Unsweetened pack
Pack prepared fruit into containers, without added liquid
or sweetening, or cover with water containing ascorbic acid.
Or, pack crushed or sliced fruit in its own juice without
sweetening. Press fruit down into juice or water with a
small piece of crumpled parchment paper as for syrup and
sugar pack. Close and seal containers.

Go To Top of File &&&&&& MSU Extension Home Page &&&&&& Main Page for this Data Base

This information is for educational purposes only. References to commercial products or trade names does not imply endorsement by MSU Extension or bias against those not mentioned. This information becomes public property upon publication and may be printed verbatim with credit to MSU Extension. Reprinting cannot be used to endorse or advertise a commercial product or company. This file was generated from data base 01 on 03/09/98. Data base 01 was last revised on 10/13/97. For more information about this data base or its contents please contact [email protected] . Please read our disclaimer for important information about using our site.