Homemade Jam

For Christmas this year, I decided to make homemade jam. A friend of ours made one last year for Christmas and I thought it was a pretty unique and thoughtful gift for friends and family. So, I looked on the internet to see how to make home canned jam, this website was very informative and comprehensive.

Supplies needed:

1) I bought this kit for $13 on amazon.com:

2) I bought a box of home canning jars from Ralphs, they’re about $10 for 12. They come in different sizes but I liked the 4oz and 8oz jars- they seem perfect for jam!

3) Instead of buying a canning pot, i used a regular pasta pot with a rack on the bottom of the pot.

I made 2 kinds of jam: Blackberry and pinapple, they are in season around this time of the year.  Also i made them with low sugar, the regular recipes seemed a little too high in sugar content.

Low-Sugar Pinapple Jam Recipe:

  • 4 Cups of finely chopped pinapple
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 lemon (sliced)
  • 1 box of sureJell pectin

Low-Sugar Blackberry Jam Recipe:

  • 3 Cups of chopped blackberry
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of lime
  • 1 box of of no sugar needed SureJell Pectin


  • Cook all ingredients in low heat, except (Pectin) for 15 minutes.
  • Add SureJell Pectin and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Pour hot jam over the sterilized jars and lids
  • Close jars and process in boiling bath as directed here in step 13. (This will seal the jars and allow the jam to be stored up to 12 months, but 6 months recommended)

I made 2 dozens of these!


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