Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Ball® FreshTECH Jelly and Jam Maker #Spon #HolidayGiftGuide

**Complimentary products received in exchange for out honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**

We recently had the chance to review the Ball® FreshTECH Jam and Jelly Maker:

This nifty tool makes cooking and preserving homemade jams and jellies a breeze!  If you've ever canned jam/jelly before, you know it's a pretty messy process that requires long periods of standing over the stove top and stirring, stirring, stirring.  Tiresome stuff, it is!

With the Ball® FreshTECH Jam and Jelly Maker, you literally only spend a few minutes working up your jam.  After just a few easy steps, your fresh jam is ready to eat!

First, prepare your fruit.  We decided to make strawberry jam.  Here is D mashing up the berries...what a great kiddo, always ready to help Mama in the kitchen:)

Put a little pectin in the pan and add your berries:

Set the timer...just press "jam" or "jelly" and the machine sets the time.  The jam setting is pre-set to 21 minutes, but you can change the timing if necessary.  The machine beeps after 4 minutes, then you add your sugar.
Mmmmm, look at that hot fruit bubble!  The best part is that it is contained and not splattering hot sticky mess all over me, or the stove, or the wall, or the floor, or the dog:)
The mixer attachment does all the stirring for you.  In fact, you can just walk away at this point and wait for your jam to be ready.

We made two variations of Strawberry Jam, one regular and one reduced sugar.  We just did a small batch and ended up with 2 pints of each.  They were gorgeous and oh, so delicious!

Notice the pretty blue Heritage Collection jar?  I reviewed these and the Home Canning Kit earlier this month.  Both make preserving homemade foods easy peasy:)  

I would be remiss if I didn't mention that the Jam and Jelly maker is not only a snap to use, but super easy to clean up as well!  It's non-stick and dishwasher safe.

And as a true testament to how clean this machine keeps my kitchen as opposed to a round of "old-fashioned" stove top canning, we made pumpkin butter yesterday.  I wish you could smell my house right now!  Welcome Fall:)  Apple and pumpkin butters are notorious for splattering.  Not with the FreshTECH Jam and Jelly Maker!  Every splatter was contained inside the machine.  I just popped it all in the dishwasher and clean up was complete.  I am one happy canning mama!

We cannot rave over Ball® products enough!  ABCD Diaries gives the FrechTECH Jam and Jelly Maker an A+!

It would make a fantastic gift for the home canning enthusiast on your holiday list!

Buy It:
Find the FreshTECH Jam and Jelly Maker at the Fresh Preserving Store!

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