Making Jam in a Zojirushi Bread Maker + Giveaway

June 21, 2011(updated on October 3, 2018)


Most of the time, I make jam on my turquoise, 45 year old, electric stove. I’ve also made jam on a camp stove, on an induction burner, on an plain gas stove and even on a high-powered commercial gas range. And now, I’ve even made jam in a bread machine.

high tech berry masher

Several months ago, I spotted this post on the King Arthur Flour blog, in which they make a batch of strawberry jam in a Zojirushi bread machine. Being that I’m fascinated by all things having to do with jam making (don’t tell me you didn’t notice), I determined that this was something I wanted to try. In the interest of science, of course.

berries, sugar, lemon

I got in touch with the folks at Zojirushi and they very nicely agreed to give me a review unit so that I could see how this whole bread machine jam thing worked. It arrived on my birthday (which was more than a month ago now) and I spent at least a week circling it warily, uncertain whether I wanted to trust my fruit to an automated machine that wouldn’t let me control the heat source.

adding lemon juice

Finally I unswaddled it from boxes and styrofoam, mashed up two cups of strawberries and got to work. The instructions that come with the Zojirushi say to combine 2 cups of crushed berries, 3/4 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. For the first round, I followed the instructions exactly and cooked the jam without any additional pectin.

about to cook the jam

Fruit, sugar and lemon juice go into the pan. Then you close the lid and set it to the jam setting (don’t be fooled by the 3:45 time in the picture above, I took that before I set it run the jam cycle. It only takes 1:20 to make jam in the Zojirushi). When the cooking time is up, the machine issues a couple of friendly beeps so that you can rush over and check on your jam (that is, if you weren’t hovering very nearby, occasionally lifting the lid a little to peek at the progress).

80 minutes

So here’s the good news. This machine, which was designed to bake bread, makes perfectly adequate jam. It gets quite hot, the paddles keep the jam moving to prevent any scorching and it’s dead easy to use. If you’re the type who likes to freeze fruit and make small batches of jam throughout the year, making your jam in a Zojirushi is a really good option. However, it has a major flaw as a jam maker and that is that with the lid closed, you’re just never going to get the necessary amount of evaporation to get a really thick jammy jam.

I did one batch without pectin (sorry, no pictures of the jam with pectin, I knocked it over just after pouring it into the jar and splattered my kitchen entirely in sticky fruit spray) and one with and both remained stubbornly runny and without the body that a good jam should have (though the batch with 2 teaspoons of powdered pectin did firm up more than the batch without).

strawberry jam made in the zo

The picture below pairs a stove cooked jam (on the left) with the jam cooked in this bread machine. You can see the difference in the body of the jam. The stove top jam reduced by more than 1/3 during cooking, resulting in a thick-set, glossy jam. The bread machine jam on the right is juicier and has saturated the bread with its syrup. Not a bad thing, but an imperfect thing to use on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It would be perfect stirred into yogurt or drizzled on ice cream though.

jammy toast

I will say that I’ve been absolutely blown away by the quality of the bread that the Zojirushi makes. Of course I couldn’t resist using it to bake up a few loaves while it was hanging out in my kitchen and wow. We haven’t bought bread in weeks thanks to this machine.

Now comes the fun part. Zojirushi has given me one bread/jam machine to giveaway to one of my readers, so that you can experience with making your fruit preserves on your counter top. To enter, leave a comment and share a story of jam making (when I taught canning classes at Terrain at Styer’s last summer, I made jam in a barn. That’s where we used camp stoves. It was really, really hot). One entry per person. United States residents only. Winner will be selected at random. Comments will close on Friday, June 24 at 11:59 p.m. and the winner will be posted the next day. Good luck!

Disclosure: Zojirushi gave me a bread machine in which to make jam as well as the one I’m giving away (all of this at no cost). However, my opinions are all my own.

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663 thoughts on "Making Jam in a Zojirushi Bread Maker + Giveaway"

  • I started reading this post and had a moment of DUH, remembering that the bread machine I got rid of used to have a jam setting too! It’s currently 101 degrees in the shade here and even though I have a crisper drawer full of peaches I refuse to stand over a hot stove making jam right now. TOO HOT!

    I’m still a newb jam maker. I made it once with my mom when I was a kid but she was making it up as she went along too. We didn’t can it – just made enough to fill a couple of jars in the fridge. But ever since then I’ve wanted to make more. I have no idea why it took me another 25 years before I finally got around to it but now I’m properly hooked. I have one kitchen cabinet slowly filling up with beautiful jeweled jars that I am so proud of! It just needs to hurry up and cool down so I can keep making more! I refuse to wake up at 5 am just to be done before the heat of the day sets in.

  • I was doing organic agriculture research for a university, and we had just harvested the raspberry fields. I happily took home two flats (flats, NOT the half-flats you usually get at the farmer’s market!), and proceeded to make raspberry jelly. On the hottest day of the year (104F). I ended up with somewhere around 20+ jars of jam (mostly pints, some half-pints), had to make multiple trips to the store to restock on sugar and jars and lids, and discovered that the A/C in my house was no match for the hot weather combined with hours of canning on the stove.

  • Just tried making your strawberry-rhubarb jam and I think I should have cooked it longer. It’ll be great on ice cream or in hot cereal and yogurt! Have never used a bread machine, but think if I were going to, this would be the one!!!

  • My first run at making jam was very poorly timed and left me stirring strawberries and sugar at 2 am. Thank goodness for loud kitchen timers or I would have left the canning pot boiling all night!

  • I’ve been told I should try making freezer jam. This looks like a good alternative too. Time to head for the blackberry patch.

  • Hi! I’m about to make jam for the first time. And I make bread often, but never in a machine. But the thought of the machine is so intruiging!

  • My first experience making jam was making blueberry jam in college. I didn’t make a lot of it, and it was only refrigerator-safe, but no matter– I ate it within days.

    Zojirushi makes fine products (I’ve owned their rice cooker and hot water heater)– I don’t really need another appliance, but the guy would be happy if we got a bread maker, so I’m putting my name in the hat.

  • I’ve made fruit butters in my little dipper crock pot…does that count for jam? I’d really like to try something like this in the breadmaker though!

  • I make a lot of jam, but the best story is from 2 summers ago. We were spending a long weekend at a cabin “up north” in rural northern MN. I brought up all my jam making stuff, and plums from the Farmers Market, thinking we’d be able to unload from the car into the cabin. Lo and behold, we got to the resort and they had upgraded us to a cabin only reachable by canoe! So we loaded all the jam gear and plums into the canoe, and I made jam at a “paddle-to” cabin on one of the smallest stoves I’ve ever used!

    And it was amazing jam, though the resort owners were pretty confused when we paddled flats of jam across the lake the next day!

  • I made tomato basil jam! It is very yummy, but no one seems to be brave enough to try it out. The jam may live on forever in my cupboard as I cannot wrap my mind around the idea of smearing tomato on my breakfast 🙂

  • At first I figured you were super hardcore and made your own jam while camping (presumably from berries you picked along a hike… or something). I made lots of jam last year, no great stories, but I did discover that a bowl of warm jam goes quite well with a cold beer around 11 pm, right before tackling the dishes!

  • Oh my, I have admired these machines from afar on the King Arthur site for years. It would come in so handy to make jam. I bought a pressure cooker to make Strawberry Jam years ago and was too nervous about it. So what I do is just cook down my strawberries in a saute pan with some sugar to taste and a little butter for richness and refrigerate it. I love it on everything!

  • Last summer I visited my parents in July. They have about 3 acres of completely wild, overgrown blackberries by their house. I cut paths through them with a brush hog, picked for days, and made enough blackberry jam to last until this summer, besides sharing with friends. It was fabulous!

  • I’m brand new to canning, but have gone a little crazy in the last 2 weeks! Whipping up something almost every night.

  • I don’t have any memorable jam stories. However, I did score a car trunk full of apples and go wild and crazy with the apple butter making one year. I’ve also tried making jelly from jarred juice and it didn’t go so well. Maybe one more time before I thrown in the towel on that idea.

  • I remember the first time I made jam with a friend. She had never done it before, and I had all of one batch under my belt. It was a comedy of errors in the tiny kitchen we were using, but it was full to the brim with laughter and companionship and that double batch of raspberry jam was *awesome*. I was at her house last week and her son looked at us wistfully and said he hoped we could do some more this year. I think all of her jars disappeared in less than a month, and she said one of the best gifts she and her hub got when they married that fall? Yeah, the half dozen jars I still had, tucked into a basket along with some other goodies. One of my favorite food related memories!

  • The first time I canned anything, I canned three different things (bbq sauce, sweet and sour sauce and chutney) all from the same base recipe (from the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle). It was a HUGE project and totally insane to do for my first time canning. I was paranoid about every little step the whole time and so the experience was quite stressful and tiring. Of course, everything worked out perfectly and all the jars made wonderful Christmas gifts, but it was silly that I made it so difficult on myself initially!

  • I’ve just started making jam and decided to make mango jam with extra extra super ripe mangoes. If you don’t know what those taste like, let me warn you: not good.

  • My husband called to say he was bringing home a dinner guest just as I began to make some blackberry/peach preserves. Needless to say I rushed to finish and just as I finished filling my 6 jars, the big pot slipped out of my hand as I moved it toward the sink. The lids were still quite loose. The pot hit all 6 jars and dumped my beautiful preserves on the indoor-outdoor carpet. I had to clean the mess before the men arrived. I scooped and squeegied, and and used the Shop Vac, then got out the shampooer. I got it all out, but we went out to dinner that night. I was too rattled and upset at losing my beautiful preserves to cook! Our guest said he’d never been in a better smelling house, though!

  • What a wonderful giveaway! I love homemade bread and just started canning two years ago. My worst experience was when I thought I could double my pear jelly recipe, not listening to all the people that said don’t do it! I ended up with something that you couldn’t even call pear syrup it was so runny. LOL! My best are pomegranate jelly, caramel apple jam and peach cobbler jam. Oh so yummy!

  • Just today I made a wonderful batch of Strawberry Lemon Marmalade from the Ball Jar Complete Book of Home Preserving. It was quite perfect. The best part was giving my two year old daughter some to taste and watching her lick it from her fingers and then straight off the plate!

  • My 5yr old and I went Strawberry picking and I made my first jam this past Friday. I used Pomona’s Pectin. I wasn’t sure if I did it right so I called their jamline at 7:40 pm to ask for help and let it ring a bit before thinking who’s really going to answer this late and on a Friday night! Well, Connie from Pomona’s who made their video called me back! Amazed… not only by their great product but by their super amazing jamline help.
    My jam turned out perfect and taste soooo good. Can’t stop eating it!

  • I don’t have any great awe inspiring preserve stories. I have only canned salsa, a horribly gone wrong batch of pickles and once a strawberry rhubarb jam. I make freezer jam mostly, but to me that is hardly ‘making’ it. Don’t get me wrong, it tastes great, but I feel like I am cheating if it doesn’t need a water bath. Kind of like if you are going to make a homemade pie crust you wouldn’t put in canned, store bought pie filling? I love to be in the kitchen doing tedious things so I plan on jamming it up this season. I’d love to tell people I can make jam in a bread machine. 🙂

  • Mmmm, how fun and what a great giveaway! Well, one of my first jam-making experiences as an adult was when I wanted to make jam using one of my Mom’s age old recipes, but I didn’t want all that sugar in it so I just reduced the sugar as I saw necessary… and well….. alas I did nto end up with jam 🙂 But I have learned from my mistakes and am excited to keep learning how to preserve more of the local bounties of fruit in my area!!

  • I’m totally new to the jam-making thing but am seriously hooked. Already have a dozen pints of strawberry, raspberry and peach in the pantry with 3 more packs of jars waiting for me to pick up from the hardware store. My story is that my almost-3-year-old daughter will literally dive into her morning toast and suck the jam off the surface of her bread… but only if it’s homemade jam 🙂

  • I had a huge crop of jalapeno peppers last year, and used a few making cranberry jalapeno jam, which was wonderful. I gave it as gifts and everyone wants it again. Easy peasy – and fun!

  • We have been making jam for about a year now and we have only made it on the stove top. And now that seems pretty boring compared to making it in a bread machine. Would love the chance to win one to try it in. Thanks!

  • After watching Laura Calder (‘French Food at Home’) slather tomato jam on a piece of savory french toast, I had to make a batch. I waited patiently for months while my tomatoes grew. Delicious!

  • i made jam in a field once with a camp stove and many 10 year olds hovering around me waiting to stir 🙂

  • We finally had a summer day today on the first day of summer. It has rained and rained this year. More than usual, even for Portland. So, the strawberries are late; and the raspberries will be late and blackberries? Well, nothing can really stop blackberries, can it? Which means: no jam so far. When the berries arrive, the jam will be freezer jam because of its “fresh” flavor. Not like Mom used to make but still my favorite way to “jam.”

  • I started making strawberry rhubarb jam because I love rhubarb. My family, not so much. But they discovered that the rhubarb gives the strawberries a nice freshness without being too tart, and it is now a family favorite.

  • Just recently discovered your website… After a fiasco bout of trying to make crockpot apricot jam without my tried-&-true recipe. I won’t be doing THAT again… Ever! To add insult to injury (scorched apricot jam), my dishwasher malfunctioned that day on the dry cycle, overheated, and melted everything plastic inside, including the flatware rack and the lower spray arm. Some days, it just doesn’t pay to get out of bed… But it could have been MUCH worse: the interior was stainless steel, so no fire. We still have a house (without a dishwasher) and the stink only took 3 or 4 days to dissipate. 🙂

  • Back in the summer of 1996, I decided I MUST make strawberry jam, and it MUST be from freshly-picked berries. I went out picking at 6 a.m. one Thursday and worked all day in the 90-degree heat. I was already three days past my due date. My enormous belly didn’t hamper my work in the fields or in the kitchen. My daughter was born a week later.

  • I have always wanted to can my own food. With years of bringing up my boys, having two to three jobs a week and just life in general getting in the way, it seems, I never had the time. Now my sons are grown up, my life had mellowed out, I thought I would give it a try. My first try was Marissa’s tomato jam……came out great but strange taste for jam so I use it like a barbeque sauce. With the small batch recipes I have tried the vanilla blueberry which was published as vanilla strawberry on Food in Jars….just a variation on the theme.Came out great too…….now I a hooked! Guess what everyone is getting for holiday gifts.. Would love to try that bread machine though for jam as well as bread……oh the pounds…..not of the bread but on me!HA HA HA!

  • The first time I made strawberry rhubarb jam was an experience I’ll never forget. It turned out too thick and almost chewy. I called it “fruit roll up in a jar.” My specialty is pickles & jelly but your blog has inspired me to try my hand at jam again this summer. Thanks!

  • you have inspired me to use my own blackberries when they ripen – going beyond tossing them on cereal – making jam so I can enjoy them this winter too!

  • Last year, a friend and I realized that if we wanted to do strawberries and cherries from the local farm, we’d have to do them on the same weekend. Unforeseen circumstances caused us to pick, cook, and process all of this fruit in one day… at least 30 pounds of berries PLUS some other fruits for the recipes we wanted to make (rhubarb, oranges, etc). We vowed not to ever do that again… one fruit per weekend!

  • I’ve only made jam once. A friend had given me a bunch of jalapenos and I made a jalapeno jam that co-workers were all but beating down my door to get a jar.

  • I admit that most of my jam-making thus far has involved reading about jam-making . . . but this will be the summer I actually attempt it! But bread-making – – – I do that a few times a week. By hand.
    So this is a giveaway I am doubly excited about!

  • We’ve picked strawberries every summer since we got married and my husband asked me for years to make homemade strawberry jam. I was completely intimidated by the idea and never tried it until I saw an episode of Good Eats with Alton Brown on the Food Network. He made blueberry jam. I recorded the program and watched it carefully and I said to my husband, “I can do that!” And I have. This is my 6th summer canning and I love it.

  • I’ve never made jam before because I’ve always been working and I’ve never had time. But hopefully this fall I’ll start to be home with my daughter, and I’d love to try it!

  • My favorite memory of making jam is with my grandmother (who was a crazy canner..she would can anything). She always grew strawberries every year and we would pick them ourselves and spend an entire weekend canning strawberry jam. That was over 20 years ago. I am 29 now and miss her everyday. She died when I was 10 and sadly we only made jam together a few times.

  • I have not made jam myself, this is my year to do it. I remember as a child my grandmother making the most wonderful strawberry jam. This method looks intriguing to me.

  • I’ve never made jam! I have no story to tell other than, I’d love this bread machine to start making some. I need something to push me into it…

  • I started making jam when I found your site. My first shot at it was last year – making a blackberry jam and it came out well – a little too sticky, but delicious nonetheless. 🙂 I still have many canning jars I plan on using soon!

  • The first time I made jam was at a canning party. Before this, I’d only ever enjoyed the “fruits” of my friend’s labor but either she got fed up with all of us mooching her jam or finally decided that it was better to “teach a (wo)man to fish (or make her own jam)” than to keep handing it out. We made strawberry jam and then made an amazing margarita jelly. It was a fun and tasty night!

  • I started last summer with jams, and now I’ve added chutneys, soups and stocks to my line up. Pickled something or other is my goal for this summer.

  • My husband gets on an only ‘homemade bread’ kick a couple of times a year where we aren’t allowed to buy store-bought bread and only made bread at home! We could have homemade toast and jam with this!! Interesting machine for sure!

  • What a unique option for a breadmaker–make the bread and the jam to eat on it! My first grape jam making experience was horrid–it came out looking like muddy water!! Thankfully, I’ve improved much since then! I’d love to try making jam in a breadmaker though….

  • I made my very first stovetop “jam” last week with some leftover berries, then spooned it warm over vanilla ice cream. It was delicious. I’m looking forward to more jamming experiments!

  • The first time I made jam was after picking delicious peaches up in VA. We were all beginners so it was fun to figure it all out using a recipe that had been passed down in my family!

  • Thanks so much for the chance to win! I’ve only made freezer jam so far, but both times my husband and I made it together so that made it extra fun 🙂

  • When I was visiting my folks in the Texas Panhandle this time last year, there were trees all over town dripping with apricots. I decided it was time to teach the nieces and nephews the fine art of jam. We loaded up the crew to collect the bounty. I may have gotten a little carried away… we ended up with 28 quarts of fresh apricots! Much fun was had, much jam was made, many more were frozen for later endeavors.

  • I’ve only made blackberry jam with my mom. I spent 3 days picking the berries. The last day I forgot to put sunscreen on. I was so sunburned the next day that I couldn’t help cook I just sat and watched.

  • My favorite bread machine jam was not actually jam, it was a peach chutney, recipe available in The Bread Machine Bible. It was so easy, and my kids ate it on everything, but it was best on pizza, I think. My favorite jam story was the plum jam – we have a tree that went CRAZY two years ago, after we filled a whole box worth of quart freezer bags we made jam for two days straight, and we still had wasted fruit.

  • I love strawberry freezer jam, but whatever I use it on has to be eaten right away…pbj sandwhiches. and it’s so easy. But I can’t get my family to eat it so I end up making jelly the old fashion way!

  • I’ve never participated in the process, but my parents canned an awful lot of chokecherry jams and syrups one summer. All of those jars were my drinking glasses in my first apartment. 🙂

  • I tried to make jam last summer from some of the many, many raspberries that I got from my raspberry bushes in my backyard. It was a disaster. I tried to make it from a recipe online on the stove. Either it was too hot or I wasn’t paying close enough attention because it burned to the bottom of the pan, and took over a day of soak/scrub intervals to clean it. Since then, I’ve left the jam making to others. I’d love to give it another shot, this way sounds very interesting!

  • I have never made jam but would love to! I have received some from neighbors and my son is a PB&J fanatic! Since I try to only feed him organic foods I spend a ton of money on jars of jam for him. This would help with that AND the organic bread!

  • I am hopefully going to learn how to make jam this summer, but making it in a bread machine seems much less intimidating to me for some reason. This is a great giveaway! Thanks so much.

  • I’ve been procrastinating on a bread machine. Can you get a good, heavy, dense, textured bread? I’d love to try homemade jam. Would cooking it longer help?

  • My bread machine has a jam setting too, but I have been too wary to use it yet. Maybe I’ll give it a try. I love making berry jams and the occasional “syrup” from forgetting to put in any pectin!

  • I just tried making jam recently – using your strawberry jam recipe from the other week. It came out so good! I can see how easy it is to become addicted to jam making.

  • I use my old bread machine(15 yrs old) to make only dough. Never thought one could make jam.

    I just made a small batch of strawberry jam from your small batch recipe and picked enough strawberries to do another batch. I love that I don’t have to have huge amounts of strawberries. Thank you.

  • My story is from making jelly. Pepper jelly! Boy did I learn my lesson about wearing gloves and handling jalapenos. Before it was all over, I had given myself a jalapeno facial which included the initial jalapeno juice peel followed by a yogurt bath, a milk facial splash, a vinegar toner and finally an aloe mask. Needless to say, the jelly turned out wonderful and a few days later, I had a healthy, youthful glow (once the redness subsided). I’d love to try this method. I just made blueberry butter in the slow cooker this past weekend.

  • My jam story is that I have never made jam! But perhaps I would with this multitalented machine. 😉

  • When I was a kid, we lived on 2 acres of woodland, and we had a profusion of wild violets every spring. For several years, my grandmother and I would pick violets and make a beautiful light purple jelly. One year, though, we overdid it. My brother and I picked so many violets blossoms that year, that we had several jars of violet jelly to give away. Unfortunately, we had picked so many of the purple violet flowers that they did not get to set seed, and from that year forward, our violet population skewed toward the white variety. For about 10 years, we could not get enough purple violets to make jelly. The moral must be: Everything, even violet jelly, in moderation.

  • OMG please add me to the drawing for the bread machine! I have their pressurized rice cooker and would love to add a bread machine to the set! I have been making bread every morning by hand and the idea of dropping in the ingredients and running would be pure heaven.

  • I don’t make jam much (mostly I freeze fruit), but do make applesauce a lot. I had toyed with the thought of making apple butter, but was always afraid I’d burn it. Then one day I was simmering a pot of applesauce and forgot about it (for several hours). Voila, apple butter!

  • That’s cool. I’ve only ever made jam on a regular stove, although I did use a slow cooker to make some blueberry butter. Forgot to cover it and there are still splatters on the wall!

  • the first time we made strawberry jam, we didn’t use pectin, and we stirred and stirred and stirred. We did about 10 freezer tests, and finally just canned it because it had changed color, and we were so insecure that we thought it HAD to be done. Luckily the kids really liked it anyway!

  • Awesome! I’ve made some crazy things in a rice cooker, but never thought about a bread machine! I made my first ever batch of jam last year out of fresh picked Apricots and have been hooked ever since! I have a watermelon waiting for me at home tonight as a matter of fact to make some more!!!

  • First time poster, some time jammer-canner, savvy reader of Food In Jars. Today is my birthday. My Dad offered to buy me the Zo Bread Machine as a gift but, having a perfectly good Bread Man, I couldn’t justify the expense and opted for some cookbooks instead, including the Blue Chair Jam cookbook. When I saw the title of this post I thought: Oh, Carp! I made a bad choice! So, glad to hear it didn’t work out! 🙂 Doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love to win the bread machine, though: another of the cookbooks acquired is the Bread Lovers Bread Machine cookbook. Thanks for the lovely and informative blog.

  • OOOH! breadbaking is on my list for this year. So when I was 9 months pregnant, I had a LOT of mandarin oranges. So I tried a marmalade recipe. Did not work. Tried again (overdue for the babe). Didn’t work. Next day over due date, tried again. Still sucked…I think I made about 10 batches before I threw in the towel, since I still had no baby. I can’t imagine the time for that indulgence now!

  • In preparation of making peach jam, my BF and I headed to a pick your own place and stocked up on gorgeous, juicy peaches. Forgetting how we got there as we picked, it turned out to be quite hysterical trying to get the peaches situated – without crushing – in the saddlebags of his Harley.

  • I started out making jam by making Apple Butter with my mom (Grandma’s Recipe!) from our own Gravenstein Apples. Aside from getting burned on the splatting, it was a glorious experience. The small-batch concept is new to me, but is making me infinitely more productive!! Just made my dad some Seedless Blackberry (his favorite) for Dad’s day… I’d LOVE the bread-maker/jam-maker machine!!

  • It never would have occurred to me to use a bread machine to make jam! I LOVE LOVE LOVE homemade bread and would equally love to win this give-away! Thanks to Zojirushi for their generosity!

  • OOOH! a NEW ZOJI I have 2 that are 15-20 years old…I’m like you haven’t tried to make jam in them yet. We have fruit trees and I do put up peach, apricot jam, but only on the stove so far. GREAT BREAD and hamburger rolls.
    Would love to have the newest member.

  • My fiance and I made our traditional (ball recipe) strawberry freezer jam for our wedding reception last year. It was a huge hit and whatever leftovers might have existed ended up going home with people as extra favors.

    I had no idea that Zojirushi made bread makers. We have one of their rice cookers and love it, so it would be interesting to see how the bread maker did. And it would be great to have some home made bread to try with our most recent batch of freezer jam.

  • I first made jam as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan. The family I lived with had a very large garden and a ‘summer kitchen’ that was really a camping stove top located within a gazebo. I’ve been hooked on eating and making homemade jam ever since. As summer has hit my non-air conditioned apartment in Chicago, I dream of a camp stove top under a gazebo. (That said, I am thrilled with indoor plumbing.)

  • Never made jam before. Maybe something like this would be a way to ease into it… I find it an interesting concept that a bread machine can make jam. What about peanut butter? 🙂

  • Ah my! Been using a breadmaker from the goodwill that cost $4 and is on its last legs. This would be wonderful!

    When we moved into this place, we discovered that we had a mature pear tree in the yard, so my first serious attempts at jam making were out of necessity. It was a bit of a trial by fire! I made spiced pear, pear with lime, pear with cardamom, pear chutney with cranberries and raisins, etc. etc. etc. A single tree has a lot of pears – Needless to say, I’ve caught the canning bug now, and I make salsa, fruit sauces, pickles, and relishes, too. I give home canned things as gifts and people seem to really like it. I love it when my middle aged friends ask for the recipes becausemy canned goodies remind them of things they had eaten from their grandma’s table!

    This year I’ll be volunteering with the Society of St. Andrew (gleaning for the food insecure) and I hope to be able to share a bit of homemade sunshine in a jar with some of the folks with whom I’ll be sharing produce. Who knows — maybe I’ll throw in baked goods, too! 🙂

    What a great giveaway! Thanks for always thinking of your faithful readers!

  • I have no great stories of making jam, except that I LOVE to make jam and I even took your Portland class last year making Pear Vanilla Jam. I popped open that puppy this week and am loving it!

  • I’m surprised how terrible that jam turned out in the machine. Years ago, I started jam making by using my roommate’s bread machine (not that type). It was simple, tasty, great consistency, and needed no pectin added. I didn’t have to blend it first either. Just chopped and thrown in.

  • I’ve only made jam once on the stove and failed miserably. I’d like another chance with this jam maker!

  • Last year I finally broke down and harvested scads of Crabapples in my yard. I figured, how hard would it be to make jam? Well, the making jam is the easy part, cleaning and pitting thousands of itsey bitsey fruits took hours!

    The Jam came out wonderful, but I would really have to check my sanity to do it again! It would be great to try out the machine though. My current machine just does not have all the options.

  • Grapefruit marmalade was my start in jam-making. I’m blown away by how tasty jam is when homemade, rather than store bought. So even though it had already been a long day at work, and the jam took hours to set — because I didn’t add pectin — my runny, silky, elixir of a grapefruit marmalade converted me to a DIY jam lady for life.

  • I made jam for the very first time two days ago. I found some lovely apricots at the farmer’s market and decided to give it a try. Something that makes bread and jam can’t be a bad thing at all.

    Love your blog.

  • The very first time I made grape jam i decided I needed to double the batch because of the abundance of grapes and did not use a big enough pan . I had no idea jam would melt part of a glass top stove!! It left little bubbles in it. The jam turned out nice though!!
    Would love to win the Bread machine.

  • I was going to can spiced peaches last year. The first batch was lovely because of the freestone peaches I used. The second batch ended up becoming peach butter because they weren’t freestone peaches. Nonetheless I love eating jam I canned myself on bread and in homemade yogurt as well.

  • I started making jam last year, both freezer jam and stove top. My best batch was white peach strawberry, only because I didn’t have enough peaches so I added some strawberries. Sometimes the best things are unplanned like that 🙂

  • We used to make mulberry jelly when I was a kid. So yummy! I haven’t done any jam or jelly making as an adult, but I’m ready to start!

  • My strawberry jam adventure is scheduled for this Friday. This is the second year I’m going out picking and jamming with my former boyfriend’s sister. That has the potential to be a good story, right?

  • The first time I made jam, I made it in a tiny kitchen with an “apartment” sized gas stove. It didn’t have enough juice to boil the water for canning and cook the jam at the same time (not to mention my pots were touching due to the size of the stove). I didn’t have a water canner, a jar lifter, funnel or pretty much any canning instrument – just a stock pot, a 2qt sauce pan and a regular pair of tongs. I nearly scalded myself when I dropped a jar after processing it. It was quiet an adventure but I’ve been hooked ever since. Thankfully I now have a decent sized kitchen, a regular sized stove and canning supplies.