Use a bread maker to make jam – Quick and easy jam recipes

Bread makers are becoming more and more popular. With family budgets getting tighter, a bread maker is a great way to save you money. A bread maker can also be used to bake healthy loaves, gluten-free bread and cakes! But did you know you could use your bread maker to make homemade jam? I have some great jam bread maker recipes for you to try below.

Of course you need to check that your bread maker has a jam setting before you try to make jam in it, but if your bread maker does have a jam setting, you really should give it a try.

Making jam is a great way to spend an afternoon with the kids. If you can, try  to find a local fruit garden so you can have even more fun by picking your own fruit.

Fruits such as berries, peaches, mangos and apples are great for jam. It’s best to cut the fruit into small pieces, however, some people like to blend the fruit for a smoother consistency.

I like to add pectin to my ingredients as it gives a firmer texture. Pectin is a naturally occurring substance found in berries, apples and other fruit. When heated together with sugar, it causes a thickening which is great for jams. You can pick it up in most supermarkets or buy online.

It is far easier and enjoyable to make jam in a bread maker.  On average it takes around an hour to make 2 pots of jam, which is pretty good considering you don’t have to stand around waiting for the perfect temperature or watch the jam in case it spoils.  It is also safer to use if you have young children and by using the bread maker, you don’t have to worry about cleaning sticky pots and pans!

Below you will find some quick and easy jam recipes to try at home, please remember to be careful when handling the finished jam, heated jam is very hot! Apply caution if children are helping you. Also be sure to sterilize your jars.

 

 Jam Recipes

 

Peach Jam

Ingredients:
1 1/2 pounds or 4 cups of ripe, peaches, peeled, halved, and pitted.
2 cups granulated sugar
1 Tbsp low sugar or no sugar pectin (optional)

Make sure the peaches are ripe. Mash the fruit with a potato masher or in a food processor. In a bowl, mix in the sugar and pour the mixture into the bread maker. Select the jam setting. When done, take the lid off and let it cool for 30 minutes. Keep in the fridge for 4 weeks.

 

Strawberry Jam

Ingredients
900g (2 lb) fresh strawberries
800g (1 3/4 lb) caster sugar
4 tablespoons lemon juice

Cut the strawberries in half and mash with a potato masher. Add strawberries to the bread maker with sugar, lemon juice. Hit jam setting.  When it is ready, carefully (with oven mitts) pour contents into a bowl and pulse with a blender until you have your desired consistency. Keep in the fridge for 4 weeks.

 

Apricot Jam

Ingredients:
1 1/2 pounds ripe, but firm, apricots,
2 cups granulated sugar
1 Tbsp of pectin (optional)

Peeled, halve and remove stones from the apricots. Mash with a potato masher. In a bowl, mix in the sugar and pour the mixture into the bread maker. Push the jam setting. When done, take the lid off and let the jam cool for 30 minutes. Pour into your jars and let it rest for 3 hours. Keep in the fridge for 4 weeks.

 

Raspberry Jam

Ingredients:
4 half pints of fresh raspberries
2 cups granulated sugar
1 Tbsp of pectin (optional)

Mash the raspberries with a potato masher. In a bowl, mix in the sugar and pour the mixture into the bread maker. Push the Jam setting. When done, take the lid off and let it cool for 30 minutes. Pour into your jars. Keep in the fridge for 4 weeks.

Apply caution if children are helping you. Heated jam is very hot!

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