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What makes jelly cloudy?

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Jelly may be cloudy for one or more of the following reasons: 1) Jelly set too fast. If the juice was high in pectin, the jelly may start to set as soon as it is removed from the heat. When poured into containers air bubbles may become trapped giving a cloudy appearance. This may happen also if the jelly is allowed to cool before pouring into containers. 2) The juice may not have been strained to remove all the pulp. If the jelly bag is pressed to yield more juice there is greater chance of producing a cloudy product. PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, and Carolyn J. Lackey, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Professor/Food and Nutrition Specialist, North Carolina State University (August 2004)

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