Giveaway: OXO Jam Making Essentials

July 10, 2018

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 thoughts on "Giveaway: OXO Jam Making Essentials"

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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

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

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

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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!

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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! 🙂

  • A new pot for jam would be awesome! My surprisingly favorite canning tool is a Ball (I think).funnel. it sits in jars perfectly for the exact amount of jam I need.

  • Would love this. Planning a 10,000 sq foot garden and this would help with all the produce! I will be growing food for my needy students.

  • I haven’t started yet so I don’t have any supplies. I have been watching tons of videos about the process!

  • I love my stainless steel pot! Second place is the funnel, but would love to have a food mill for tomato jam!

  • Can I say I am addicted to canning. people think I am nuts. but canning is a passion/addiction I hope there is no cure for.

  • I have some of these supplies but looking forward to adding the others and sharing the duplicates

  • my pear knife and pan i mean without it my hands cramp up this knife my grandma gave me best knife ever

  • Definitely love my canning funnel, jar lifter, and blossom trivet! I also have a silicone spoon that I impulse-bought at a hardware store, which has become my go-to canning spoon (I don’t use it for anything else).

  • My most requested jam is Monkey Butter. I doubt it stays in the jar long after I give it away!

    As for the giveaway, I would dearly love the food mill!

  • I need to use the jar holder apparatus thingy that helps you safely remove jars from the processing bath… do NOT try to use kitchen tongs ? learned that the hard way!

  • I have some “inherited” canning tools from my Mom but a new set would be amazing. What a fabulous package! I think my curren5 favorite tool is the jar lifter!

  • I’d love to have a good food mill. I don’t need one very often, but it would be so much easier than trying to mash food through a sieve! I mostly use my enameled cast iron pot for canning because it’s the only really heavy pan I own, but a more forgiving surface would be nice.

  • I love a small ladle that I use to fill 8 ounce jars. It is the perfect size to fill the jar with very little mess on the rim (no funnel needed).

  • P.S. I put in the survey that strawberry was my favorite jam to make, only because neither raspberry nor blackberry was an option.

  • My favorite canning tool is your book, Naturally Sweet Food in Jars! Second to that is a friend to keep me company (and help cut up fruit).

  • The last jam I made was freezer peach jam. My favorite tool I used was the aluminum canning funnel set that was my Grandmother’s.

  • I’m new to jam making, so I’m still figuring out my favorites – but so far it would have to be my jar lifter.

  • My number one tool is a shallow cuisinart stainless steel skillet – I makes very quick work of cooking down berries for jam. I won’t use anything else.

  • my favorite canning tool, if you can call it that, is the set of towels that i got in a towel swap – colorful terry cloths that i use on the counter to have a place for the jars to rest when they come out of the canner. 🙂

  • A pot big enough so you’re not constantly wondering if/when the jam may spill over. Now there’s a thought. Ha!

  • I lost my internet connection the first time I attempted to comment. Hopefully this won’t be a repeat. 🙂
    I grew up watching my grandmother can all sorts of vegetables and make many different jams. I always wanted to learn how to do it myself. I just started a garden and have plans for berry bushes next season.