Getting Started - Jams

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Jams & Jellies Help

When you think of preserving, jam may be the first thing that comes to mind. We’ll help you get started and get you consistent results every time. You’ll be able to proudly and safely share your creation with family friends. We can even help you cook the goods faster with the Ball® Jam Setting Mix with Pectin! Learn all about Pectin here.

First Things First

Choose Your Recipe

For more tasty jam recipes & inspiration, click here.

Need help? We’ll walk you through choosing a jam recipe with our step-by-step Pectin Calculator.

Gather Your Gear

Ball® Home Preserving Starter Kit
  • 4 (240 mL) Ball® Quilted Crystal Jelly Jars with lids and bands
  • Preserving rack with lifter
  • Preserving tools
  • Your own stockpot
  • Common kitchen utensils

Looking for another jar size? Find the right jar for the job here

Prepare Your Gear

  • Wash jars, lids and bands in hot, soapy water. Rinse well.
  • Keep jars warm until they are ready for use, in order to minimize risk of breakage when filling with hot food. You can heat them in a pot of simmering water, or in a heated dishwasher.
  • Fill your own large stockpot half full with water to ensure jars will be covered by at least 2.5 cm of water. Heat to a simmer (22° C).

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Preserve Fresh, Homemade Food in 3 Simple Steps

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Preserving Saves Time

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