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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299 Responses to Giveaway: OXO Jam Making Essentials

  1. 51
    Sally says:

    What a wonderful give away! It’s also good to know that this is a brand to put on my wish list.

  2. 52
    Kris says:

    I use my grandmothers equipment; while loved and cherished, some pieces are so old they are not effective anymore at 80+years old!

  3. 53
    Lauren E says:

    I loooove my jar lifters! For a while I was making do with tongs wrapped with rubber bands to improve the grip. Needless to say, it was a precarious solution at best. I would love to have these items to update the rest of my canning gear.

  4. 54
    Liz Lindsey says:

    Steam Juicer – a borrowed tool from a friend but it has been wonderful to use – make jelly and jam!

  5. 55
    Sue D says:

    I like my funnel, jar lifter and magnetic lid picker upper.

  6. 56

    Funnel. Without a doubt. The rest I can fudge with what I already have in the kitchen.

  7. 57
    Gene Black says:

    I think my high heat silicone spatula is indispensable. If I keep it in the pot “too long” it doesn’t melt and ruin the batch.

  8. 58
    connie leonard says:

    I love my electric canner, but I desperately need a food mill!

  9. 59
    Terry says:

    My stainless steel jar funnel is one of my most-used canning items.

  10. 60
    Erin says:

    I have a pot similar to this one and it’s great for jam making. I have a couple flats of fruit from the market yesterday that I’m going to jam this week!

  11. 61
    Brittany says:

    My enameled cast iron dutch oven (from Costco!) is my go-to tool for jams, salsa, and pickle brine. It’s wide, deep, yet shallow enough to promote nice evaporation. Love it!
    However, it’s super hard for me to judge yield. I’m liking the idea of volume markers.

  12. 62
    Patience Vasil says:

    Would love to have the OXO Food Mill – my food mill does not have the grips. Life would be so easy with the OXO Food Mill.

  13. 63
    Juliann Goldman says:

    I love OXO. Still have some sour cherries that need to be processed. And will be trying to make heating pads out of all the pits!

  14. 64
    Anna Ballinger says:

    My pots are old and I don’t have a food mill. Winning the tools for making jam would make canning for me so much better.

  15. 65
    Barb Pinsoni says:

    My funnel!

  16. 66

    I don’t have a favorite jam or jelly making tool (with exception of really pretty jars) But I do have one of the older style food mills and this one looks superb! I need to try it and possibly get rid of those others I have been using for over 27 years!

  17. 67
    Sarah E McCormick says:

    I wish there was a spot for a favorite jam write-in! My favorite jam to make is Pear. So good and sooo hard to find!

  18. 68
    Marit Saltrones says:

    Excellent tools! My oxo collection grows with each product introduction.

  19. 69
    Mary says:

    I can’t make jam without my funnel!

  20. 70
    Megan P. says:

    My go to item for jamming (other than the knife) is my trusty angled bamboo spoon… It’s perfect for both stirring and getting into the corners of the pan.

  21. 71
    Kristen F says:

    So true about throwing out the peeler or paring knife with the scraps!! Ack!!!
    Happy to get a good word for a good mill too.

  22. 72
    Rachael H. says:

    I have a flat-topped electric stovetop and I had to search out a big enough flat-bottomed pot to actually do the processing in. Most dedicated canning pots have ridged bottoms, which don’t maintain enough contact with the flat-topped stove to be workable.

  23. 73
    Kristin says:

    What a lovely collection of tools. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

  24. 74
    Andrea says:

    I love the wooden citrus reamer my spouse uses for cocktails. It looks beautiful, it’s comfortable in the hand, and it works like crazy.

  25. 75
    Jackie W. says:

    I have a big Kilmer canning pot I’ve used for years but it doesn’t have a lid.. This lidded pot would be wonderful.

  26. 76
    Allison says:

    I couldn’t do it without a wide mouth funnel!

  27. 77
    Katie says:

    This is a great addition to any kitchen. I’d be so inspired to make some apple butter, strawberry jam and more!

  28. 78
    Maurie says:

    So simple, but my magnetic jar-lid grabber thing is my favorite!

  29. 79
    Jenn B says:

    My collapsible funnel and long handled wood spoon!

  30. 80
    Jessica says:

    I have a high-heat silicone spatula that is all one piece and extra wide at the end- really help get all the sticky goodness out of the pot!

  31. 81
    DB says:

    My KitchenAid grinding/straining attachment. I put up 30+ quarts of applesauce every fall, so it’s invaluable.

  32. 82
    Jori says:

    I love my little 4th burner pot—bought on your recommendation! Don’t know how I worked so long without it!

  33. 83
    Sandra says:

    I have an old chinoise (is that what you still call it when isn’t mesh, but more like a conical collander?) that I’ve had forever, finally getting my own after growing up with a similar one. It’s essential for applesauce/apple butter.

  34. 84
    Sarah says:

    I couldn’t do without my super-fine mesh sieve! It’s kind of a pain to clean but it makes everything so much smoother.

  35. 85
    Tammy B. says:

    My husband threw away one of my best paring knives…

    I love my canning funnels, lifter, magnetic wand. All of these tools make canning so easy for me!

  36. 86
    Melissa Roberts says:

    Wow what a great giveaway!! Thank you for an opportunity to win big!!

    I am a big fan!!

  37. 87
    Lori says:

    I love my silicone spatulas, I have 4 of them in different shapes. I also love my Cook’s Essentials stew pot, it’s the only pot I use to cook my preserves.

  38. 88
    Missy says:

    I have been in the market for a food mill. I’ll have to put this one on my list! Thanks for the recommendations.

  39. 89
    Katie says:

    I have one indispensable and one almost-indispensable tool. The first is my old jar lifter. It is almost impossible to get jars out of a cauldron of boiling water, but when I temporarily lost mine, the newer one was much too curved to get wide-mouths out of the pot. The second is my canning funnel. It’s possible to go without one, but so.much.easier with one.

  40. 90
    Annie says:

    My go-to tools are a stainless steel funnel, separate from that Jarden canning kit, and a rimmed baking tray. A dishtowel gets folded in half and lines the tray, and that’s my staging area for filling and then cooling the wet jars when they come out of the water bath.

  41. 91
    Chrissy says:

    I have an old food mill, still useful, but that one looks beautiful. My equipment is pretty basic. My go to pan is a heavy stainless steel Royal Prestige. And I can attest to the ability to get it back to it’s original luster if scorched.

  42. 92
    Jessica HZ says:

    OXO is one of my go-to brands when I’m shopping for new equipment. I also prefer stainless steel when canning.

  43. 93
    Mary says:

    I’ve gradually been building my canning and dehydrating system over the years. For Christmas last year, my daughter got me a nice canning pot so i can start replacing the cheap (falling apart) pots I’ve been using!

  44. 94
    Savannagal says:

    My gas cooktop! I couldn’t control heat well on my electric stove, so I finally broken down and paid to have gas brought to my kitchen and bought a new cooktop. I couldn’t be happier.

  45. 95
    Barb B in BC says:

    My peeler definitely needs replacing. It is one of those old fashion metal ones, slightly rusty on the handle. But it fits my hand so well. I just can’t seem to purchase a new one.

  46. 96
    Linda C says:

    Most critical – my wide mouth funnel!

  47. 97
    Bruce says:

    Thanks for the opportunity, I’d love to start making jams

  48. 98
    Rebecca says:

    I love the OXO food mill

  49. 99
    Keapdx says:

    I have a copper jam pan which I love. But a good old Pyrex measuring cup is indispensable.

  50. 100
    Rose C says:

    The food mill would be a great addition. I keep forgetting I could use one when I’m removing the seeds from blackberries. Pressing it through a sieve is time-consuming and I know the food mill would do it much quicker and more efficiently

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