I received a jam & jelly maker to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Making fruit jams is one of my favorite summer time activities. I love going to the farms, picking berries and then coming home and making jam. It’s always been a bit of a process and is often hit and miss on whether or not the jam will set up, but I still love it. Sometimes what is supposed to be jam ends up being dessert toppings. Both work, but it’s frustrating when the jam doesn’t gel up.
Enter the Ball Jam & Jelly Maker. Making jam just got a whole lot easier. Plug in the maker, turn it on, pour in pectin, fruit, and sugar. 21 minutes later your jam is done. Yep, just like that! Jam can then be poured into freezer containers or can it for future use.
Setting up the machine to use for the first time is easy. Just place the base on a flat surface (ie: counter), set the pot on top, add the stir and then start adding ingredients. Pectin goes in first.
Pour in the sugar, add the lid and that is it. When the jam is done the machine will beep again, about 17 minutes later. Remove the lid and stirrer (using hot pads for safety) and pour jam into containers. Easy. Peasy. Want to make a second batch? Just wait 30 minutes for the machine to cool down and then repeat the process.
My jam turned out perfect and is delicious! I used the recipe from the Sweet and Simple Recipe book that was included with my maker.
- 2 2/3 cups crushed strawberries
- 3 tablespoons BallÂ® Real Fruit Pectin
- 1/2 teaspoon butter
- 3 1/3 cups sugar
Wash & drain clean, hulled strawberries. Crush using a potato masher. Set aside.
Sprinkle pectin evenly over bottom of the pot. Add crushed strawberries evenly over pectin. Add butter to help reduce foaming.
Press jam button. Press enter.
Wait 4 minutes for appliance to beep then add sugar. Place glass lid on pot. The appliance will beep again at the end of the making process. Press cancel. Unplug the appliance remove glass lid.
Remove stirrer using a pot holder. Skim foam, if needed.
Preserve jam immediately.
You can purchase the Ball Jam & Jelly Maker here.