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. 101
    Jackie says:

    My stainless steel pot is also a fave, I just the sides were a bit higher so I could do slightly larger batches.

  2. 102
    Ted S. says:

    Almost all my canning tools are ancient, I would love some replacements!

  3. 103
    K. Herbison says:

    I’ve been entranced with fruit caramels lately so the blender has been in active use. Otherwise, I hardly ever use the thing.

  4. 104
    McK says:

    I would be thrilled to receive these products! I have wonderful memories of canning with my mom and grandmother… peach preserves, chili sauce, and pickles. It would be an adventure to finally attempt it on my own.

  5. 105
    Marshall says:

    My ancient Henckel 4-star knives from the 70’s are always heavily involved with the fruit preparation. I keep them deadly sharp which I have a few scars from, but they always perform.

  6. 106
    Tricia says:

    My canning pot has a dented lid….. My favorite piece of equipment is the jar lifter….even tho I’m not a gifted lifter.

  7. 107
    Teresa says:

    I would love to to have new and beautiful tools to can and make jam with! All mine are old and broken. That’s my favorite thing to do is make all kinds of jam. Every body loves my homemade jams. I really like my strawberry rhubarb jam.
    Thank you so much for a chance to win this beautiful new canning tools.
    Hugs, Teresa

  8. 108
    L. Young says:

    I have a strange fascination with the magnetic lid lifter!

  9. 109
    Denice says:

    I would love these tools to make jam, Especially at this time of year. Everyone always wants more of my strawberry rhubarb jam.

  10. 110
    nick martinelli says:

    I would love to replace the stainless steel pan my wife inherited from her mother in 1989 when we go married.

  11. 111
    Amelia says:

    My Kuhn Rikon 4th burner pot is indispensable!

  12. 112
    Gretchen says:

    I can always use another shallow stainless steel pan, especially when making two jams at once.

  13. 113
    Gail says:

    My Old Weck canning jars – they are so big and fat – just love them – bought them around 30 years ago – still look brand new

  14. 114
    Lorena says:

    I recently graduated from my local Master Food Preserver program and I don’t have much experience yet with different tools…I don’t have a favorite tool yet. Thank you for the information about these products!

  15. 115
    Andrea says:

    Some new tools would making jam even sweeter!

  16. 116
    Leah says:

    I can’t live without my 8 oz jelly jars and a potato masher.

  17. 117
    Jessica Mcfarlin says:

    Cant leave without my strawberry huller!

  18. 118
    Lydia Ruddy says:

    I think my most essential piece is my Kuhn rikon spring knife. I reach for it every time I prep fruit. Pots, etc. change based on what I’m making and how much in making, but I always reach for the same knife.

  19. 119
    Patricia R. says:

    I haven’t made jam in years. But I bought your low sugar book and I hope to start.

  20. 120
    Harvitron says:

    I don’t have any tools– unless you count the jars! But I’d love that food mill for making baby food too!

  21. 121
    Mary Little says:

    Yes, I would love to have your second set of “tools” – apricots and strawberry’s! Here we come!

  22. 122
    Marianna says:

    I can’t live without my helpers – my sons – and a good stainless steel sieve

  23. 123
    Marlene S says:

    I love my stainless steel funnel…….could not do without.

  24. 124
    Michele says:

    Need this…and my stainless funnel and wooden spoons.

  25. 125
    Wendy says:

    Would love to update the canning supplies!

  26. 126
    Tina says:

    I need a better jam pot!

  27. 127
    Lisa Noble says:

    My Maslin pan from Lee Valley tools is the jam pan in this house, but that food mill is calling my name!

  28. 128
    Erin says:

    I have a pair of nice long tongs that I use and my most favorite wooden spoon. I’ve always wanted a food mill for canning tomatoes.

  29. 129
    Ingrid says:

    I’d love to win these supplies; making jam as each fruit comes into season. Cherries today, waiting for apricots and peaches be t.

  30. 130
    Christy says:

    I can’t live without my Dutch oven to make jams, it’s the best! Plus my potato masher!

  31. 131
    Danita says:

    The progressive canning ladle that you recommended a few years back. It works great.

  32. 132
    Pete says:

    Oddly enough, the freezer just may be my most essential jam making tool! When fruit is in season, typically it all is in season at once. Or at least the fruits I use most are all ripe at the same time. So, I prep the fruit and freeze it in appropriate quantities to make into jam later. Sometimes it is a week, sometimes a month later. Breaking down the task into two stages works very well here.

  33. 133
    Tracey says:

    My jar grippers are my favorite tool. I’m loving that food mill and want one now!

  34. 134
    Nickie says:

    I don’t have tools, but I do have a few jars.

  35. 135
    Kelly e. says:

    My funnel. And the little magnetic poker thing to grab the kids. I used to use tongs but now I can’t imagine how that was ever done. Thank you for the chance to win!

  36. 136
    athena graeme says:

    Good Mason jars. Anything else you can make it work. No jar. No jam!!!

  37. 137
    Rachel says:

    I have a vintage funnel and jar lifter and my grandmother’s canning pot. Love using these time tested tools.

  38. 138
    Kelly D says:

    My jam funnel is my favorite. I couldn’t make jam without it.

  39. 139
    Darla says:

    I would love to have this whole set to encourage me to can more!

  40. 140
    Meghan W says:

    I can’t jam without my spatulas. Seriously good at getting all the sticky yumminess off the sides of the pot while cooking and also making sure every available bit goes into the jars.

  41. 141
    Cristen says:

    Can’t live without my gir ladle

  42. 142
    Anne S says:

    I can’t live without my favorite spoon (go figure!)

  43. 143
    michelle says:

    What a beautiful set of new tools! I’ve become dependent on my tongs with rubber tips. I find them easier that a jar lifter for removing jars from the canning pot.

  44. 144
    Karin says:

    This time of year in particular, I could not do without my Progressive Cherry Pitter. It does four at a time and it actually works. I bought it on a whim at the grocery store and have rarely been as happy with an impulse purchase like this.

  45. 145
    Kristen C says:

    I’ve never made jam (yet!)

  46. 146
    Subha says:

    I love my heavy Indian pressure cooker and the instant pot these days for jam making.

  47. 147
    Alex says:

    My stainless strainer is getting a bit old.

  48. 148
    Melper says:

    My mother makes the best fig/strawberry jam. It’s time for me to get some equipment and learn how to do it. This would be great.

  49. 149
    Grant D says:

    I used my instantpot to sterilize the jars, super easy

  50. 150
    DawnT says:

    I started canning only a couple years ago following recipes that made large batches. But now I like making your smaller batch recipes. A yield of 4-6 nice half pints allows me to make all varieties and have enough to enjoy and give away plus… it takes less time! So I’ve been using my very large enameled cast iron which is just a beast… lovely but for small batches a beast. And I don’t want to hurt it — its also a beauty!! So I’ve been thinking about investing in a solid stainless jam pot – but the expense! I would love to win this lovely OXO pot! 🙂

    I just finished a batch of the recent NYTImes Apricot jam, and also the Sweet Cherry Chutney recipe from foodinjars (so awesome!!!) and then my favorite Strawberry vanilla. And now the peaches are in… oh my! 🙂

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