Yes You Can: Simple Fruit Jams

Posted on August 10, 2018

by Kathryn M

With summer weather, fruit is in season across northwest Ohio. What better way to preserve the sweetness of the summer sun than setting away your own jar of happiness? Canning is not nearly as difficult as it sounds. Following these simple steps, you too can stock your pantry.


Purchase pectin and carefully read the instructions that come with it. Be ready to follow these instructions quickly.

Wash jars, and lids with hot soapy water. Keep jars filled with hot water to keep them warm until ready to fill with jam. Prepare bands and lids by placing in a shallow saucepan of gently boiling water.

Wash and prepare fruit. Kids love mashing berries, and this is a great way to involve them before things get too hot.

Measure both fruit and sugar carefully and have them ready too.


Typically, you will add pectin and bring fruit to a full boil. Depending on the type of fruit, you may also need to add a small amount of butter or lemon juice.

Add sugar and return to a full boil. The pectin recipe will tell you how much sugar as well as how long to boil.


Empty one jar of water at a time and fill with jam. Wipe mouth of jar clean and screw on warm lid and band.

Place filled jars in a water bath (large stock pot or canning pot with water) and process for prescribed time (usually several minutes).

Turn off heat and let water bath cool for at least 5 minutes before removing jars.

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Jam Session: A Fruit-Preserving Handbook” by Joyce Goldstein
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Jams & Jellies: Our Very Best Sweet & Savory Recipes” from Better Homes and Gardens
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