Berry Jam Reduced Sugar

Berry Jam Reduced Sugar


Berry Jam Reduced Sugar

Preserving Method:Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker

Makes about 4 (8 oz) half pints

Create Low-Sugar berry jam with the Ball® FreshTECH™ Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker and Ball® Jam Setting Mix with Low or No-Sugar Needed Pectin. Add your fresh ingredients and it does the rest in under 30 minutes! For more berry flavour, try our No-Sugar Recipe. Yield may vary depending on the amount of sweetener and type of sweetener being used.

You will need

  • 4 cups crushed berries
  • 1 Tbsp bottled lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp Ball® Jam Setting Mix with Low or No-Sugar Needed Pectin
  • ½ tsp butter or margarine
  • Up to 2 cups granulated sugar, sugar substitute, or honey


  1. CLEAN berries by rolling back and forth in an open towel. If dirt is obvious on berries, rinse carefully in cool running water and drain thoroughly. Crush berries one layer at a time using a potato masher. Measure required quantity of crushed berries and remaining ingredients for your recipe; set aside.
  2. SPRINKLE pectin evenly over bottom of the Pot fitted with the Stirrer. Add crushed berries evenly over pectin. Add butter/margarine to help reduce foaming.
  3. PRESS jam button – the cook time will automatically default to 21 minutes. Press enter.
  4. WAIT 4 minutes for appliance to sound 4 short beeps indicating that it is time to add sweetener. Add sugar, sugar substitute or honey gradually while Stirrer continues running. Place the Glass Lid on the Pot.
  5. THE APPLIANCE will continue to automatically stir your ingredients while it cooks. Stay within earshot of the Jam & Jelly Maker, the appliance will beep again at the end of the process signaling jam cooking is complete. Press cancel, unplug the appliance and immediately remove Glass Lid.
  6. REMOVE Stirrer using a pot holder. Skim foam, if necessary, from top of jam.
  7. Once your jam or jelly has cooked for the appropriate amount of time, ladle the hot spread into pre-warmed jars. There are 3 different processes depending on how you intend to use the spread:

    1.    Enjoy Now: 
    LADLE hot jam or jelly into hot jars. Cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Place lids and bands on jars and label. 
    REFRIGERATE jam or jelly for up to three weeks or serve immediately.
    2.    Freeze It:
    LADLE hot jam or jelly into hot jars leaving ½” headspace. Cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Place lids and bands on jars and label.
    FREEZE jam or jelly for up to 1 year.
    3.    Preserve for Now or Later:
    (while jam or jelly is being made in y our Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker) 
    FILL canner or stockpot half full with water. Place lid on canner. Heat to a simmer. Keep canning rack to the side until ready to use.
    WASH jars, lids and bands in hot, soapy water. Rinse well.
    LADLE hot jam into hot jars, one at a time, leaving 1/4 inch headspace and removing all air bubbles. Wipe any jam or jelly from the rim of the jar. Center lid on jar. Twist on the band  until fingertip tight.
    PLACE filled jar in the canning rack inside the canner, ensuring jar is covered by 1-2 inches of water.
    REPEAT steps 1 and 2 for remaining jars.
    PLACE lid on canner. Bring water to gentle, steady boil.
    PROCESS jars in boiling water for 10 minutes, adjusting for altitude*. Turn off heat, remove lid and let jars stand for 5 minutes.
    REMOVE jars from water and cool. Check lids for seal after 12 to 24 hours.
    PRESS on center of cooled lid. If jar is sealed, the lid will not flex up or down. If it is not sealed, refrigerate immediately or re-process.
    STORE sealed jars in pantry for up to 18 months. Jars may be stored without bands, or you may clean the underside of bands to ensure no moisture is trapped during storage.
    Headspace is the space between the food and the top of the jar. Each jar needs space between the jam or jelly and the jar rim to allow for expansion during the canning process. 
    After removing jars from the water, do not re-tighten or over tighten bands that may have come loose during canning, this can interfere with the sealing process.
    *Increase processing time: 5 minutes for 1,001 to 3,000 ft; 10 minutes for 3,001 to 6,000 ft; 15 minutes for 6,001 to 8,000 ft; 20 minutes for 8,001 to 10,000 ft.