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The Best Homemade Jam Recipes

How Long Does Homemade Jam Last

Have you always fancied yourself as the type of person that makes jam at home? Or asked yourself “how long does homemade jam last?” Then read on… It’s jam season here in the UK! Between June and October every year, British fruit is at is ripest and most sweet, making it the perfect time for turning into jam.

How To Make Jam At Home

Sure you could head down to your local supermarket and pick up a pot of ready made jam, but where’s the fun in that? Making jam at home is fairly simple AND you can use your imagination to tailor your preserves to your own specific flavour palette. Like your jams more tangy and sour? Not a problem if you’re making them at home! The process of jam making is fairly similar no matter what fruit (or fruits) you end up using.

Step 1: Clean your jars. In order to create jam that is food safe, the jars that you use to store it must be totally clean in order to stop any bacteria from flourishing. This is especially true when storing jam, as bacteria loves to feed off the sugar! The easiest way to sterilise glass jars is to rinse them in hot soapy water and then put them upside down in the oven at 140 degrees Celsius until thy are dry. Make sure to remove any rubber linings that sit within the jar as these will melt or look misshapen once they emerge from the oven!

Step 2: Wash (and peel if necessary) your fruit and place it in a pan alongside jam sugar, in equal quantities. Keep it at a low heat and stir until all of the sugar has completely dissolved. If your fruit doesn’t have a lot of moisture, you may need to add some boiling water to loosen it. Keeping the mixture at a low temperature is very important, as you do not want the sugar to stick to the bottom of the pan and burn. Depending on what fruit you are using, you may need to add pectin (a thickening agent) to your mixture in order for your jam to have the right consistency to be able to set properly.

Step 3: Once all the sugar has dissolved, bring the mixture up to a rapid boil for 3-5 minutes until the jam reaches a stage where it can set. You will be able to know when to take it off the heat when you see the mixture thicken and boil more slowly.

Step 4: Test if your jam is ready to set. You can do this by taking the mixture off the heat and spooning a small bit of it onto a cold plate or saucer. Leave to cool for a few minutes and then push your finger into it. If the jam ‘wrinkles’, it’s ready to be put into jars to set! If it’s not quite there yet, just put it back onto the heat for slightly longer and keep testing it until it’s ready.

Step 5: Spoon your jam into your sterilised jars and place airtight lids on them whilst the jam is still hot. As the jam cools and sets, it will dip the seal of the jars to create a pressurised atmosphere inside. That’s why you get a distinctive ‘pop’ when you open a jam jar for the first time!

How Long Does Homemade Jam Last?

Homemade fruit preserves can last for up to year or even longer if it is unopened and stored in a cool, dry place, such as a pantry or kitchen cupboard. However the flavour and texture of your jam will start to deteriorate after around 6 months, even if you keep them tightly sealed. Once you’ve opened a jar of jam, then you will need to move it into the fridge and consume it all within 3 months ideally.

How To Make Your Jam Last Longer

  • Process your jars and jam in a hot water bath (known as canning) to reduce the risk of bacteria growing.
  • Use an equal amount of sugar to fruit in your recipe. Sugar is a preservative, so the more you use, the longer your jam will last!

It is difficult to give a definitive answer to this question, so you will have to use your best judgement and common sense when you’re deciding to eat your homemade jam. If the jam is discoloured, has visible mouldy patches or a strange smell, then it is best to leave it!

The Best Homemade Jam Recipes

The Vegetarian Society has a fantastic, comprehensive list of all the fruit and vegetables that are in season each month, if you’re undecided on which flavours to use in your jam. If you’re stuck for inspiration, why not take a look at 5 of the best, most luxurious homemade jam recipes we’ve found online?

1. Cherry & Cinnamon Jam

This would be a great jam to make now and keep for Christmas, as the cinnamon flavours are very evocative of the festive time of year! This jam would taste incredible if it was spread into a chocolate cake…

Ingredients: cherries, cinnamon sticks, lemon juice, sugar and pectin.

Find the full recipe at BBC Good Food.

2. Blackcurrant Jam

Blackcurrants are one of this country’s greatest fruits – so spare a thought for all the poor Americans that have never tasted them before (we didn’t find this out until recently – who knew?)! Blackcurrant jam tastes incredible when spread on a scone alongside clotted cream, or on a big slab of doorstep toast with lashings of butter.

Ingredients: blackcurrants and sugar.

Find the full recipe at Farmersgirl Kitchen.

3. Strawberry, Long Pepper & Lime Jam

Long Pepper (sometimes known as Indian Long Pepper or pippali) has a very similar to black pepper, but is more floral like cinnamon. It gives a good kick to this strawberry  and lime jam recipe! Spread it on your morning toast to wake you up on weekday mornings.

Ingredients: strawberries, jam sugar, salt, limes and long pepper.

Find the full recipe at Great British Chefs.

4. Fig Jam Scented With Earl Grey Tea & Star Anise

This is one to save for your poshest guests. The combination of these luxurious, rich ingredients makes this preserve ideal for serving alongside sandwiches and scones for afternoon tea. You could even give out pots of this jam to your friends and family, as it makes a thoughtful, yet inexpensive birthday or Christmas gift!

Ingredients: earl grey teabags, ripe figs, jam sugar, lemon juice and ground star anise.

Find the full recipe at Delicious Magazine.

5.  Plum & Mulled Wine Jam

This is another jam that will go down a treat at Christmas. This jam tastes lovely when used sparingly on toast or when it’s spread into a stacked sponge cake.

Ingredients: red plums, red wine, mulled wine spices, (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, etc), orange zest and granulated sugar.

Find the full recipe at The Women’s Institute.

Glass Jam Jars For Home Bakers

Here at Ampulla, we specialise in providing high quality packaging for big businesses and individuals alike. Thanks to our flexible ordering system, you can order as little as one unit of each of our products! Our tired pricing means that regardless of the quantity you have ordered, you will be getting the best possible value for money. If you’re looking for glass jam jars, then you’ve come to the right place.

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Our range of glass jam jars encompasses capacities from 30ml up to 500ml, which all come with the option of adding colourful twist off lids. We’ve got jam jars in all shapes and sizes, that are perfect fro use by both home bakers and big businesses. Check out our full range today.

Liked our guide to jam making? Then we think that you would also like our guide to brewing your own cider!

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Reductions On Selected Items In Our Christmas Sale

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Over the festive period, we thought we’d give our customers an early Christmas present, so we’re reducing prices on selected items in our Christmas Sale! Make sure to keep checking back to our sale category, as we’ll be adding new deals until the end of the month. This is your opportunity to stock up on the packaging items that you will need in the New Year (but at bargain prices) and be safe in the knowledge that it’s one less thing for you to worry about in 2019.

Our selected items that have been reduced include amber-tinted medicine bottles, hexagonal jam jars and plastic food pots. Take a look at some of our great deals below, or go straight to the Christmas Sale page to browse through all of our deals!

Glass

Our glass packaging gives your products an air of luxury and quality that plastic often struggles to convey. It’s heavier, makes a nice sound when you ‘ting’ it, as well as being fully recyclable! Our glass bottles come in a variety of attractive colours, including amber, red, green, blue and clear, and in a huge variety of sizes. We’ve got medicine bottles, jam jars and aromatherapy bottles, amongst other customer favourites.

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All prices shown above are the prices for 1 unit of the selected product. We offer further discounts on the price per unit when you buy in larger quantities.

Plastic

Plastic is the more cost-effective option for business packaging and here at Ampulla, we do stock a number of recyclable plastic items, made from PET and HDPE. We’ve got food, pots, cosmetic bottles and more in our Christmas sale!

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Make sure to order your lids and caps if you need them! We do also sell each item without closures if you don’t need them.

New deals are being added to our Christmas sale all month, so make sure to keep checking back! While you’re here, why not take a look at our brand new disposable food packaging?
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5 Customer Satisfaction Stories: Our Products With Yours

Earlier this year, on a whim, we reached out to our customers and asked them to send in photos of the items that they’ve created using Ampulla packaging products. We were flooded with responses through our social media accounts and via email, with products from a wide range of businesses including skincare, confectionary and sauces. Based on this popularity, we have decided to make our customer satisfaction stories a regular feature so that everyone can get a a chance to be included on our blog!

Want to see your products on our next customer satisfaction stories feature? Then just head over to our Facebook page and send us your photos, alongside a message telling us:

  • Your name and the name of your business;
  • What your product is;
  • The name of the packaging you’ve used;
  • And any other information you’d like us to share!

We can’t wait to hear from you.

Herbal Health & Home + Herbal Pet Supplies

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If you’re looking for products to pamper your pets with, then look no further than Herbal Pet Supplies, who create natural, herbal products for the furry members of your family. They sell annything from shampoo and flea treatments, to food supplements and paw creams! Thankfully, there are some great products for humans as well, at their sister company: Herbal Health & Home. All their products are made using the highest quality, natural ingredients. Thank you to Claire Lyons for sending these photos in to us.

Featured product: 500ml Clear PET Olive Bottle with Black/Silver Lotion Pump.

Dudes & Dudettes Chilli Jam

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Dude & Dudettes Chilli Jam has fantastic, standout labels that jump out at you as you go past and we love how the branding is colour coded to show the strength of the chilli within. We have been supplying jars to Dude & Dudettes for 2 years now and it’s always great to hear customer satisfaction feedback from our regular customers (especially from fellow Mancunian businesses)! Thanks to Darren McKinlay for sharing this photo with us.

Featured product: Glass Hexagonal Jars.

Revive My Ride

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“The gloss black bottles compliment our car care products perfectly” – Revive My Ride

Revive My Ride is a Devon-based business that specialises in bespoke car valeting and detailing, as well as creating their own range of car care products to boot! The black glossy plastic bottles of their car care shampoo look fantastic when paired with the light grey and white branding, creating an eye-catching contrast. Thanks to Martin Kippy Copp for sending this fantastic product shot in to us.

Featured product: Black PET Glossy Bottles.

The Magick Emporium

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These rustic potion ingredients were created by The Magick Emporium, who specialise in providing mystical herbs, jewellery, candles and other protective items for all your occult needs… We love the effect they’ve managed to achieve with the labels on these potion bottles, making them look like old, tea stained paper! The fabulous font that they’ve used also perfectly encapsulates the ethos of the brand and matches the amber tinted glass bottles perfectly. Thank you to Sami Mason for sharing this photo with us.

Featured product: 30ml Amber Glass Sirop Bottle & Aluminium Screw Cap.

Heart Melt Sensations

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Last but not least, we have a selection of products from Heart Melt Sensations, a market trading business based in Ashton-Under-Lyne, Greater Manchester. They sell a massive array of home fragrance and cleaning products – from room sprays and homemade soy wax melts, to carpet cleaning solutions! We love the simple branding that is used on all these products, especially the use of the homely red gingham lids which would instantly catch your eye as you walk past a market stall. Thanks to Stacy France for sending these photos in to us. If you’re local to Tameside, then you can find Heart Melt Sensation’s stall every Saturday at Ashton Outdoor Market.

Featured products: Glossy White PET Bottles, 190ml Glass Preserve Jar & Red Gingham Lid and 50ml Clear PET Oval Bottle & Atomiser Spray.

Enjoyed browsing through our customer satisfaction stories? Then why not take a look at the previous photos sent in from April and July?