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Making and canning your own pineapple jam is also quite easy. Here's how to do it, in easy steps and completely illustrated. If your looking for a jam recipe and directions, click here! We also have directions to make applesauce, apple butter, pickles and others!
Yield: About 4 or 5 half-pint jars
Yield: about 4 or 5 eight-ounce jars.
Gather the ingredients. In this case, canned pineapple works better, due to its consistency.
The dishwasher is fine for the jars; especially if it has a "sanitize" cycle; you don't really have to sanitize the jars - the boiling water bath sanitizes everything, jar, lid, contents and all; but you DO want to get the jars as clean as you can first. I get the dishwasher going while I'm preparing everything else, so the jars are clean and hot (and less likely to crack when you put boiling hot fruit in them) by the time I'm ready to fill the jars.
Lids: Put the lids into a pan of hot water for at least several minutes; to soften up the gummed surface and clean the lids.
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Mix the pectin with 1/4 cup of the sugar (set the rest of the sugar aside for now). This helps to keep the pectin from clumping up.
Stir the pectin/1/4 cup sugar mixture into the chopped fruit. Put the mix in a big pot and put it on the stove
Notes about pectin: With pineapple I usually add about 50% more pectin (just open another pack and add about half) or else the jam is runnier than I like. BUT pineapple usually thickens pretty well, so try 1 packet and see hw well it thickens.. With a little practice, you'll find out exactly how much pectin to get the thickness you like.
Another tip: use the no-sugar pectin. It cuts the amount of sugar you need from 7 cups per batch to 4 cups! And it tastes even better! On the other hand; I have never had success with the No-sugar pectin. It always turned out runny and bland. You might want to try using the low sugar recipe with a mixture of sugar and Stevia (in a prepared form like Truvia, it measures same as sugar; if you use another form, you'll need do your own conversion) - or Splenda, if you prefer, ; that could work.
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Bring the mixture back to a full boil.
Add the remaining sugar (about 3.25 cups) and bring the mixture back to a full boil. Once it hits a full, rolling boil, stor and boil for 1 minute!.
Fill them to within 1/4-inch of the top, wipe any spilled jam off the top, seat the lid and tighten the ring around them. Then put the filled jars into the canner!
This is where the jar tongs come in really handy!
Keep the jars covered with at least 2 inches of water. Keep the water boiling. Boil them for 5 minutes (at sea level; see the table below for times at other altitudes).
Note: Some people don't even boil the jars; they just ladle it hot into hot jars, put the lids and rings on and invert them - NOT a bright idea. Putting the jars in the boiling water bath REALLY helps to reduce spoilage! To me, it makes little sense to put all the working into making the jam and then not to process the jars to be sure they don't spoil!
|Recommended process time for Pineapple Jam in a boiling water canner.|
|Process Time at Altitudes of|
|Style of Pack||Jar Size||0 - 1,000 ft||1,001 - 6,000 ft||Above 6,000 ft|
Lift the jars out of the water and let them cool without touching or bumping them in a draft-free place (usually takes overnight) You can then remove the rings if you like, but if you leave them on, at least loosen them quite a bit, so they don't rust in place due to trapped moisture. Once the jars are cool, you can check that they are sealed verifying that the lid has been sucked down. Just press in the center, gently, with your finger. If it pops up and down (often making a popping sound), it is not sealed. If you put the jar in the refrigerator right away, you can still use it. Some people replace the lid and reprocess the jar, then that's a bit iffy. If you heat the contents back up, re-jar them (with a new lid) and the full time in the canner, it's usually ok.
It may take up to two weeks for the jam to set and thicken up. It will be runny until then!
Once cooled, they're ready to store. I find they last about 18 months. After that, the get darker in color and start to get runny. They still seem safe to eat, but the flavor is bland. So eat them in the first 12 to 18 months after you prepare them!
This document was adapted from "How to Make Jellies, Jams and Preserves at Home." Home and Garden Bulletin No. 56. Extension Service, United States Department of Agriculture. 1982 reprint. National Center for Home Food Preservation, June 2005.
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Summary - Cost of Making Homemade Pineapple Jam - makes 10 jars of 8 oz each*
|Item||Quantity||Cost in 2020||Source||Subtotal|
|Pineapple||1 20 oz can or 1 fresh pineapple||$3.00||Grocery store||$3.00|
|Canning jars (8 oz size), includes lids and rings||10 jars||$/dozen 8 oz jars||Grocery stores (Publix, Kroger, Safeway, etc.)||$5.50|
|Sugar||4 cups||$2.00||Grocery stores (Publix, Kroger, Safeway, etc.)||$2.00|
|Pectin (low sugar, dry)||1 and a third boxes||$2.00 per box||Grocery stores (Publix, Kroger, Safeway, etc.)||$2.70|
or about $1.32 per jar
* - This assumes you already have the pots, pans, ladles, and reusable equipment. Note that you can reuse the jars! Many products are sold in jars that will take the lids and rings for canning. For example, Classico Spaghetti sauce is in quart sized jars that work with Ball and Kerr lids and rings. See this page for information about reusing jars from commercial products for home canning.
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Delia Smith's (a cook who is famous in the UK) used to have her version of a pineapple jam recipe, but it's no longer on her website, and a Google search turns up nothing. Does anyone have a copy?