How to Make Pineapple Jam at Home

How to Make Pineapple Jam at Home

How to Make Pineapple Jam (Safe Canning Recipe)

Introduction

Pineapple jam is a delicious treat that can be enjoyed on toast, biscuits, or even used as a filling for pastries. It’s sweet, tangy, and bursting with tropical flavor. The best part is, you can easily make pineapple jam at home and enjoy it whenever you want. In this article, we will guide you through the process of making safe and delicious pineapple jam using a canning method.

Ingredients

To make pineapple jam, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 4 cups of fresh pineapple, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 package of pectin

Instructions

Follow these steps to make pineapple jam:

  1. Prepare the jars: Wash the jars, lids, and bands in hot, soapy water. Rinse well and place them in a pot of boiling water for 10 minutes to sterilize. Remove from the water and allow them to dry.
  2. Cook the pineapple: Place the chopped pineapple in a large saucepan and cook over medium heat until it becomes soft and mushy, about 15 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
  3. Add the sugar and lemon juice: Stir in the sugar and lemon juice into the cooked pineapple. Keep stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  4. Add pectin: Sprinkle the pectin over the pineapple mixture and stir well to combine. Continue cooking over medium heat until the jam reaches the desired consistency, about 15-20 minutes.
  5. Test for gel: To check if the jam has set, place a small amount on a chilled plate and allow it to cool for a few seconds. If it wrinkles when you push it with your finger, it’s ready. If not, continue cooking and test again.
  6. Canning: Ladle the hot pineapple jam into the prepared jars, leaving a ½ inch of headspace. Wipe the rims clean and place the lids on top. Screw on the bands tightly.
  7. Process the jars: Place the filled jars in a large pot of boiling water, making sure they are fully submerged. Process for 10 minutes to ensure proper canning and sealing.
  8. Cool and store: Remove the jars from the pot and allow them to cool on a towel for 24 hours. Check the seals to ensure they are tight. Store in a cool, dark place and refrigerate after opening.

My 2 Cents

Making pineapple jam is a great way to preserve the delicious flavors of pineapple and enjoy them all year round. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when making pineapple jam:

  • Choose ripe pineapples: The sweetness and flavor of your pineapple jam will depend on the quality and ripeness of the pineapples you use. Look for pineapples that are golden in color, with a sweet aroma.
  • Use fresh pineapple: Fresh pineapple will give your jam the best flavor. Canned pineapple can be used in a pinch, but it may not have the same vibrant taste.
  • Adjust sweetness: The amount of sugar you use can be adjusted to suit your taste. If you prefer a sweeter jam, you can increase the amount of sugar. Just remember that sugar is important for preserving the jam.
  • Be patient: Cooking the pineapple jam to the desired consistency can take some time. Be patient and keep stirring to prevent burning.
  • Proper canning is important: Follow the instructions for sterilizing the jars and processing them in boiling water to ensure the safety and longevity of your pineapple jam.

Now that you know how to make pineapple jam, it’s time to get started! Enjoy the process of transforming fresh pineapple into a delightful homemade jam that you can savor throughout the year.