3 Easy Canning Recipes: Jam

3 canning recipes jam

Want to savor the flavor of summer by bottling it up for the rest of the year? Do you have an abundance of fruits you don’t know what to do with? Look no further. We can inspire your inner summertime Goddess whether you are a master chef or just a pasta and eggs kind of gal. With these simple recipes canning jam is as easy as 1-2-3!

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Step 1: Make the Jam

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Plum Jam

Ingredients
  • 8 cups pitted,chopped plums
  • 6 cups white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon butter (optional)
  • 10 half-pint canning jars with lids and rings

How to:

  1. Place the plums into a large pot and bring to a low boil. Reduce the heat to low and allow plums to simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Stir in the sugar. Return to a low boil, stirring constantly for about 2 hours. If you notice foam accumulating on the top, add the butter and continue to stir.

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Orange Marmalade

Ingredients
  • 4 oranges diced with the rind
  • 1 lemon, grated zest and juiced
  • 6 cups water
  • 6 cups white sugar
  • 10 half-pint canning jars with lids and rings

How to:

  1. Place the oranges into a large pot, then add the lemon zest, lemon juice, and water. Bring to a boil for about 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 45 minutes, until fruit is soft.
  2. Return to a low boil, and add in the sugar. Stir constantly for about 15-20 minutes.

Berry Jam

Ingredients
  • 8 cups berries
  • 6 cups white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon butter (optional)
  • 10 half-pint canning jars with lids and rings

How to:

  1. Place the berries into a large pot, slightly crush and bring to a low boil. Reduce the heat to low and allow berries to simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Stir in the sugar. Return to a low boil, stirring constantly for about 2 hours. If you notice foam accumulating on the top, add the butter and continue to stir.

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To test the “readiness” of the jam, place a small bowl or plate in the freezer to chill. Once chilled, spoon a small amount of jam on the plate and tilt sideways. The jam should barely move when tilted yet remain soft and jam-like.

Don’t have time to stir for 2 hours? Recruit family members to take turns stirring or simply add pectin to quickly thicken the jam.

Step 2: Sterilize the Jars

  • To sterilize the jars, place jars, lids, and rings into a pot of boiling water for at least 10 minutes.
  • Remove all components with tongs or a canning rack and place onto a clean surface.
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To seamlessly sterilize the jars, a very affordable canning pot and rack may interest you.

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Step 3: Fill the Jars with Jam

  • Pack the jam into the hot, sterilized jars leaving about 1/8 inch head space to the top of the jars. Use a moist paper towel to wipe off any drips that are present on the rim of the jars.
  • Place lids on jars then screw on the rings.
  • Return filled jars to boiling water, making sure the water level is at least 1 inch above the top of the jars. Allow jars to seal in boiling water for 10 minutes.
  • Remove jars one at a time and place on a cloth towel, allowing to cool. You will hear “popping” sounds as each jars finishes the sealing process and cools. Once cool, press the top of each lid with a finger, ensuring there is a tight seal.

If there is any left over jam that doesn’t fit in the jars, store it in a Tupperware container and enjoy immediately. Your homemade jams should preserve for about a year if unopened, so you can enjoy the summer flavors year-round!

Feeling inspired to prepare more homemade meals for your family, check out our FOOD N’ RECIPES category.

The orange marmalade and berry jam recipes are inspired by recipes from Alton Brown and Phipps Country Store and Farm.

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Janin

Janin is a mama to her daughter Emily, working as a Forensic Scientist in the heart of California. She can be found with her husband photographing their baby girl and boxer puppy, while trying to soak up every precious moment as a family of “four.” On her free time, she enjoys cooking up a storm, hiking any challenging trail, and exploring all the shores of Lake Tahoe.

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