A while back, someone on my Facebook feed shared a pic of Ball’s FreshTech Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker. I casually mentioned to the hubby that it was a cool idea.
I now own a FreshTech Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker.
Since I now own one, I figured I better put it to use. And when you’re given a case of twelve 11-ounce cartons of blueberries, you make blueberry jam. If you’re me, you can’t just do plain blueberry, you make Vanilla Blueberry Jam.
Blueberry jam is one of the few jams that the hubby really likes. No, these aren’t foraged-for wild Alaskan berries, but it’s hard to turn down free berries. The huckleberries I collected on our fishing trip are going in a crunch!
I’ve used the Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker a few times now. It’s great. My only issue is it only makes small batches. Double up a batch and you’ll have jam overflowing all over your kitchen counter. But it is REALLY easy to use.
All you have to do is place the pectin in the bottom of the bowl, add the berries on top, a 1/2 teaspoon of butter to keep the foaming down, and hit the jam button. It will automatically stir and cook the jam for you. In four minutes, you add the sugar. And now you have time to step back and start preparing your jars for the canning process.
No stirring; no worrying about burnt berries; no hovering over a steaming hot pot of berries. So easy! If you like making lots of small batches of all different kinds of jams and jellies, the Ball FreshTech Auto Jam & Jelly Maker is right for you! Small batches means you can experiment. I’ve made a balsamic strawberry jam and this vanilla blueberry jam using the Maker now. I liked the idea of being able to play around with recipes without going through vast amounts of berries and having a huge batch turn out gross. And clean up is surprisingly easy! The non-stick surfaces see to that.
Vanilla Blueberry Jam
3 1/4 cups crushed blueberries
3 Tablespoons low-sugar pectin
1/2 teaspoon butter (Helps reduce foaming.)
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups sugar
Clean the blueberries, removing stems or blemished berries. Crush them using a potato masher. (Using a food process to crush berries destroys the berries’ natural pectin, so the jam won’t set as well.) Stir in vanilla. Set aside.
If using an Automatic Jam Maker, sprinkle the pectin around the bottom of the pot that has the stirrer in it. Pour the berries on top. Add butter.
Press the “Jam” button and the Maker will start. You’ve got 21 minutes to prep your jars now. In 4 minutes, an alarm will sound and this is when you add the sugar gradually.
Stand aside and let the Maker do it’s thing!
(If you don’t have an Automatic Jam Maker, place berries and vanilla mix in stock pot, add pectin, and bring to boil. Add sugar. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and skim foam if necessary. Can as below.)
I water bathed my Vanilla Blueberry Jam for 10 minutes. Easy peasy.
To Water Bath Can
Place jam in jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Clean the rim of the jars with a damp cloth.
Set the lids on the jars and twist on bands to fingertip tight.
Place jars in water bath canner with enough water to cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. Bring to gentle boil. Boil for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, remove the lid from the canner and remove canner from heat. Let the jars sit in the water for 5 minutes.
Remove the jars from water and wait for the “ping!”
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