Giveaway: OXO Jam Making Essentials

Are you on the search for equipment to elevate your jam making game? Look no further than these tools from OXO and enter the giveaway for a chance to win a set!

I often think of July as the pinnacle of the jam making season. It is the moment when berries, peaches, currants, cherries, plums, and even early apples are all competing for space at markets and in our kitchens. I find that the secret to being able to make the most of the abundance is to be prepared with sturdy, durable equipment. To that end, I’ve teamed up with my friends at OXO to show you some gear that can help make your jam making efforts a little easier.

Most critical is a good pot to cook your jam. Some people like using copper preserving pans while others prefer enameled cast iron. While those are both good, my preference is always a low, wide, stainless steel pan that can hold about 8 quarts. Stainless steel is a non-reactive metal, so it will never impart a metallic flavor into your preserves (copper is reactive and can leave your jam tasting tinny if you don’t use enough sugar).

Stainless steel is also the most forgiving surface. If you burn your jam in an enameled cast iron pot, you might be able to soak and scrub the burned spot off, but the finish will never be the same. When you burn in stainless steel, elbow grease and steel wool will eventually make you whole again.

Right now, the jam pan in constant rotation in my kitchen is the OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Pro 8 Quart Covered Casserole (OXO | Amazon). It is similar is size, shape, volume, and performance to my favorite All-Clad jam pan, but at a third of the price. I often briefly simmer small stone fruit and let them cool before pitting to make the process easier, and the glass lid makes it easy to see when to turn off the heat. It’s also got volume markers up the side of the interior, which helps you have an idea of what your yield is going to be. All in all, it’s an excellent pan.

Another tool I turn to all summer (and fall!) long is the OXO Good Grips Food Mill (OXO | Amazon). It can strain out the seeds from berry and grape pulp, separates tomato skins from the meat, and does a masterful job of making applesauce that is smooth but not entirely without texture. I went through several food mills before this one found its way into my kitchen, and if it broke, I would replace it with an identical model.

Finally, the hand tools. I would be lost without a sharp paring knife (OXO | Amazon), a good peeler (OXO | Amazon), a heat-proof spatula (OXO | Amazon), and a citrus squeezer (OXO | Amazon). I particularly like having these tools in bright colors because that helps them stand out from the peels and stem ends (I can’t be the only person who’s ever accidentally thrown away a peeler because it blended into the scraps too well).

Thanks to the good folks at OXO, I have a second set of jam making gear to give away to one lucky Food in Jars reader. Please use the widget below to enter.

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Disclosure: OXO has provided the equipment you see pictured here, along with the second giveaway set, at no cost to me. No additional funds were exchanged and all opinions are entirely my own.

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276 Responses to Giveaway: OXO Jam Making Essentials

  1. 251
    Jean McKee says:

    Probably sounds weird, but my VitaMix! Former boss used to give me tree-ripe (including fallen) tangerines. I love citrus, but hate marmalade’s chunky peels. So, I blend it. Named the results Marvalade after her. πŸ™‚

  2. 252
    Shannon says:

    I have a wooden spoon that I couldn’t do without!

  3. 253
    Liz says:

    I don’t know how I did any canning before I got my wide mouth funnel. It makes things so much easier!

  4. 254
    Tamara lundberg says:

    I am using my mother’s canning pots and funnel which is like 40 -50 years old. Still works. I usually put good quality balsamic vinegar in my jams to heighten flavors.

  5. 255
    JB says:

    I have never made my own jam. I have canned other things such as soups and pickles. I ha e made my own fruit syrups. I am now wondering why I have never made my own jam.

  6. 256
    Amy L says:

    My stainless steel pot that I’ve had for over 20 years is my best tool for making jams & preserves…and your website where I find the best recipes πŸ™‚

  7. 257
    Aleta says:

    my silicone trivet used in place of a canning rack when making small batch jams – not having to get out the big canner has made jam making happen much more often and in lots of different flavors!

  8. 258
    Edie says:

    My favorite is my cherry pitter for canned cherries I use for off season clafoutis and cherry cranberry relish. It also works for olives. The trick is to protect myself head to toe against the cherry juice that spurts out. A bib apron, ponytail holder for hair follwed by a shower for me and a sponge down and mop of all surfaces and floor. In other words, it’s totally worth the mess.

  9. 259
    Amy says:

    I’ve only canned a few times but I love my jar lifter. A food mill would be amazing!

    Lots of helpful tips in these comments!

  10. 260
    Linda says:

    I’m a total novice, so these tools would be an amazing addition to my kitchen.

  11. 261
    Cassidy Borchers says:

    My friend and I just started jamming together! So far we’ve made wild huckleberry jam and watermelon jam. I think my most essential tool has got to be a good silicone spatula, I bring my own every time!

  12. 262
    Ann says:

    I have a Victorio strainer for applesauce and tomato sauce which I love. I just got the berry strainers as well for it and am looking forward to using that as well.

  13. 263
    Mary Lynn says:

    My wide mouth green funnel. Can’t live without it

  14. 264
    Carly says:

    My funnel to fill the jars!

  15. 265
    Cindy Weston says:

    I love my wooden spoon and my medium sized stainless steel pan from Goodwill. It has very even heating. my spoon has a hole in the center that helps keep the fruit intact while stirring.

  16. 266
    Anita Lotz says:

    Just used the OXO cherry pitter yesterday for a batch of cherry and plum jam. The best!

  17. 267
    Marissa says:

    I’m new to canning, but I’ve found that the all silicone spatulas are really turning out to be one of my favorite tools to use. I appreciate that at the end of the jam making session, I can throw them in the dishwasher!

  18. 268
    Mary says:

    My canning pot and funnel!

  19. 269
    Robin Thompson says:

    HI there,

    Thanks for the chance to win some cool stuff!

  20. 270
    Ina says:

    A wide-mouth funnel is a must. In the prize bundle, I’ve got my eye on the food mill. Thanks for a cool contest!

  21. 271
    kiki says:

    I can’t make a proper jam without my old, porcelain enameled cooking pot.

  22. 272
    Theresa J Rothweiler says:

    My water bath canning pot that I got from my mother.

  23. 273
    Christine McGowan says:

    I love my enameled cast iron dutch oven. While it may leave some spots, I feel like it’s just adding character to a well-loved piece of kitchen equipment. It’s also nice and wide, which helps the most when making jam.

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