Use firm ripe fruit for best flavor and set. Over-ripe fruit makes a soft set. Under-ripe fruit makes a firm set.
Review the recipe and list of ingredients and equipment to be sure you have all of the ingredients on hand and enough jars and lids for canning.
Measure ingredients exactly. Spoon sugar into dry (metal or plastic) measuring cups. Use liquid (glass or plastic) measuring cups with a pour spout to measure prepared fruit. Be sure to use the amount of sugar called for in each recipe. If you alter the recipes or ingredients, the jam might not set properly.
Try one of these recipes or feel free to submit your favorite jam recipes.
Mona's Mashed Berry Preserve (from Rod, Texas)
Mona's Sweet Berry Tarts (made with the preserves above)
Tonica’s Dark Raisin Preserve (from Rod in Dallas)
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Mona's Sweet Berry Tarts
Long before commercial bakeries filled the store shelves with tempting pastries, family bakers provided equally tempting pastries from the home kitchen. …
Tonica’s Dark Raisin Preserve
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Mona’s Mashed Berry Preserve
This is one of Mona's special recipes for good health. Mona prefers this over Greek-style non-fat plain yogurt (strained yogurt), but sometimes serves …
How to Make Jam. Refer to the How to Make Jam section to learn about the different types of jams and what fruits can be used to make jam. You'll also find some tips for successful canning.
Canning Equipment and Supplies. Make sure you have all the canning equipment and canning supplies you need. To find out what equipment you need, refer to the Canning Supplies section. To purchase any necessary supplies, please visit our Canning Equipment section
For additional canning instruction and recipes, you might enjoy a canning cookbook. We have a variety of Canning Cookbooks for making fruit spreads and other canned products.