Raspberry Jam Recipe without Pectin

‘Tis the season for canning.  One of the easiest things (in my opinion) to can is jam.  If you have never tried canning before, this is a good thing to try for your first thing.  It can be done in your home without a lot of special equipment and the results are super yummy and rewarding.  Today I am going to share with you our favorite Raspberry Jam Recipe.  This is a Pectin Free Raspberry Jam.

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Raspberry Jam Recipe (without Pectin)
Ingredients:

  • · 5 cups of fresh, perfectly ripe (not over ripe raspberries)
  • · 2 ½ cups of regular granulated sugar

Materials:

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Directions:
1. Put the small plate into the freezer. You’ll use it to plop a drop of your hot jam on when you think it’s ready.
2. Unscrew the lids from the jars and pop off the inner lids.
3. Sterilize the jars (lids off) by putting them in your dishwasher about an hour before you use them or by boiling them (lids off) in the large canning pot for about 10 minutes (you can put you jar funnel and lid lifter magnet with the jars to sterilize them too)
4.Fill the 8-inch saucepan or pot about half way with water, bring to a boil and drop the inner lids into the boiling water. Sterilize them for 10 minutes.
5. Wash your berries and crush to taste in a steel pot. If you like fruit-chunky jam, crush them about half way, for smoother jam crush them a little more, (raspberries will disintegrate quite a bit when heated so you don’t have to crush them all the way)
6. Once the fruit is crushed, add 2½ cups of granulated sugar and mix it up.
7. Turn the heat to high for the first 5 minutes stirring constantly.
8. Turn the heat down to medium and stir constantly for about 20-25 minutes.
9. At about 20 minutes or when you jam starts to look gooey, test the consistency by taking the saucer out of the freezer and dropping a small dollop of jam on it. If it doesn’t run or drip off the plate, it’s done.
10. Take the jam pot off the heat, set it aside and let it cool.
11. Using the jar funnel, fill each jar and leave 1/4 inch of space at the top. Put on the lids and tighten.
12. Fill your canning pot with water enough to cover the closed jars and bring to a boil.
13. Put the filled jars in the rack and lower into the boiling water and let it boil for about 15 minutes.
14.Turn off the heat, remove the rack of jars and let them cool to room temperature.

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As you are cleaning up you should hear tiny little popping noises as your jars of jam seal one by one.  It is the best sound ever!  If you end up with a little extra that will not fit in a jar…or you have half a jar of jam…you can simply put that jam right in the fridge and use it because it will not seal properly to store on your shelf.

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To download a copy of the Raspberry Jam Printable Labels click on the link below and then select Previous Downloads:

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Previously I had shared some different printable Jam labels.  So if you would like to print those labels for some different kinds of jam you can find them here:

Printable Jam Labels

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Interested in seeing some other Canning Recipes?  Check these out:

Bottling Tomatoes

Bottling Peaches

Freezer Jam

Apricot Jam

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Apricot Jam and Printable Jam Labels

We LOVE a good homemade jam at our house.  Don’t you?  Homemade Jam tastes so much better than the Jam you buy in a store…and because you made it, you know it does not have any strange chemicals or preservatives in it.  One of my favorite jams, is Apricot Jam.  Today I want to share with you how we made our Homemade Apricot Jam.

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I recently found this recipe for a pectin-less Apricot Jam on food.com and made a few adjustments to it.  It is a little thinner than the pectin Apricot Jam I have made in the past…but it still tastes just as yummy…and personally, leaving the pectin out is preferable to a thicker jam for me.

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The jam tastes amazing…and better yet…and looks absolutely beautiful canned in some pretty canning jars.  Seriously!! I love looking at my storage shelf lined with these pretty orange jam jars.  It’s like bringing the sunshine of the summer into your home.

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Apricot Jam Recipe (without Pectin)
Ingredients:

  • 8 cups diced apricots
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 6 cups sugar (I used 4.5 cups)

Materials:

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Directions:

  1. Get all your materials and ingredients ready and organized before you begin so you are not rushing to find something when you need it.
  2. Sterilize your canning jars by boiling for 10 minutes in a hot water canner.
  3. You will need 5 pint jars or 10 half-pints.
  4. Crush apricots to the size of chunks you desire and then mash them with a potato masher.  Do not process in a blender or food processor.
  5. Combine all ingredients in a large stock pot.
  6. Bring to boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves.
  7. Once mixture reaches a rolling boil, continue to boil it for up to 30 minutes (mine was about 20 minutes), stirring frequently to prevent it from sticking.  The higher the altitude the longer the canning process may take.
  8. Test the jam to see when it is ready by placing a small plate in the freezer.  When ready to test pull the plate out of the freezer and then drop some of the jam on the plate.  If it jells then it is ready to remove from the heat.
  9. Remove from heat and fill jars, leaving 1/4 head space.
  10. Wipe rims clean and put the 2-piece metal canning lids in place.
  11. Process in boiling water canner for 10 minutes and be sure the jars are completely covered with water.  I process mine in a large stock pot.  Never place a cold jar into the boiling water.

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Canning is a fun process and is actually pretty easy as long as you have the right materials.  It can seem pretty scary to someone who has never canned before, but I promise you…you can do it!  And the results are totally worth it!  Especially in the middle of the winter and you pull out some sunshine in a bottle to spread on your morning toast!

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To download a copy of the Apricot Jam Printable Labels click on the link below and then select Previous Downloads:

{Apricot Jam Printable Labels}

*If you are not a fan of The Idea Room on Facebook, you will need to click like first and become a fan. After you become a fan you will need to click on “Get your free gift” on the Idea Room FB page and then click on “Idea Room Downloads”.

Previously I had shared some different printable Jam labels.  So if you would like to print those labels for some different kinds of jam you can find them here:

Printable Jam Labels

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Interested in seeing some other Canning Recipes?  Check these out:

Bottling Tomatoes

Bottling Peaches

Freezer Jam

Apricot-Jam



Homemade Strawberry Jam & Free Jam Labels

A couple of weeks ago I shared with you this Strawberry Jam that I made using Ball’s Fresh Tech Jam Maker.  Today I want to share with you the recipe that I used and give you some free Jam Labels for your own use.

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I usually just use the recipe in my Pectin Box, but used Ball’s Strawberry Jam Recipe and we are really enjoying it.

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Strawberry Jam Recipe

*recipe from Ball Canning

You will need:

2 2/3 cups crushed strawberries (about three 1-lb containers)

3 Tbsp Ball® RealFruit® Classic Pectin
1/2 tsp butter or margarine
3 1/3 cups granulated sugar

Directions:

  1. WASH strawberries in cool, running water and drain. Remove stems and hulls. Crush berries one layer at a time using a potato masher. Measure required quantity of crushed berries and remaining ingredients for your recipe; set aside.
  2. SPRINKLE pectin evenly over bottom of the Pot fitted with the Stirrer. Add crushed strawberries evenly over pectin. Add butter/margarine to help reduce foaming.
  3. PRESS jam button – the cook time will automatically default to 21 minutes. Press enter.
  4. WAIT 4 minutes for appliance to sound 4 short beeps indicating that it is time to add sugar. Add sugar gradually while Stirrer continues running. Place the Glass Lid on the Pot.
  5. THE APPLIANCE will continue to automatically stir your ingredients while it cooks. Stay within earshot of the Jam & Jelly Maker, the appliance will beep again at the end of the process signaling jam cooking is complete. Press cancel, unplug the appliance and immediately remove Glass Lid.
  6. REMOVE Stirrer using a pot holder. Skim foam, if necessary, from top of jam.
  7. PRESERVE jam immediately, using 1 of the 3 ways listed here.

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If you don’t have a Jam Maker, you can still make this jam and use your stove.  Ball also has many other great Jam and Jelly recipes.

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I am sharing the fun Strawberry Jam Labels with you, and decided to make some other labels too.  I figure we are all probably making other Jams and Jellies that we want to add some pretty labels too as well.

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Click on the link below to access the free Jam labels.

{Homemade Jam Labels}

*If you are not a fan of The Idea Room on Facebook, you will need to click like first and become a fan. After you become a fan you will need to click on “Get your free gift” in the upper right hand corner of the Idea Room FB page and then click on “Previous Downloads”.

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What kind of Jam have you made this year?  What is your favorite Jam/Jelly?

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Strawberry Jam & Ball Jam Maker giveaway

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on by me on behalf of Ball Canning.  I was given one Jam Maker to review.  All opinions and statements are mine.

Fall is in the air people…and this makes me a bit giddy.  The kids are back in school and the last couple of days have been rainy and cool here.  So what was a gal to do?  Make some Strawberry Jam.

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I was recently contacted by Ball to see if I would be interested in reviewing and giving away one of their Jam Makers.  I love making Jam and usually make some every fall for my family.  So, of course I was intrigued in testing this Jam Maker out.

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I have to say that I was super pleased with the design of the Jam Maker and how easy it was to use.  It really couldn’t be any simpler and I thought it worked extremely well.  There are three different ways you can choose to prepare your Jam or Jelly…

1. to use immediately and store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks

2.  to freeze as a freezer jam

3.  to cook and then prepare in a canner so that you can store in on a shelf for later use

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I decided to go with the third option and see how well it worked for making Jam that I could save for later use.   The Jam Maker cooked the Jam till it was piping hot and I prepared my jars as directed.

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The Jam took 21 minutes to cook and then filled two 16 oz. Ball Blue Heritage Vintage Jars perfectly.  I then finished cooking them in a canner bath.  The Jam jars sealed perfectly.

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The Jam Maker really made it so simple and easy.  I am excited to make some other Jams with it and am thinking that Peach Jam is next on my list.

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The Jam Maker does not make a large batch, but was perfect for making a smaller batch of Jam.  I think it would be perfect for someone who is new to canning and may be nervous to learn how on their own.  You really can’t make a mistake with this Jam Maker.  It takes all the guess work out of the jamming process.

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And?  The Jam tastes so much better than the store bought versions…Like SO much better!

Well…Guess what?  One lucky Idea Room Reader is also going to get a chance to win their very own Ball Jam Maker!!

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How?  Simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter Box below.

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Be sure to come back as I will be sharing the fun Strawberry Jam labels I made later on in another post and if you follow me on Instagram (@theidearoom), we will be having a simultaneous BONUS giveaway…you might want to check it out…just saying!

Update 9.15.2013–You can download the Strawberry Jam Labels now along with Labels for Peach, Raspberry, and Grape Jams/Jellies.

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And since we are talking Jam…what type of Jam or Jelly is your favorite?

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*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on by me on behalf of Ball Canning.  I was given one Jam Maker to review.  All opinions and statements are mine.

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