Green Kitchen Tips FreshTech Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker

Published on November 5th, 2012 | by Heather Carr

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Freshtech Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker Review and Giveaway

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FreshTech Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker

It’s so much fun to create your own jams and jellies and share them with friends and family. While it’s not an especially difficult process, the Freshtech Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker makes it even easier.

The Freshtech Jelly Maker is basically a pot with lid and a stirrer, set on top of an electric base. The base has a default timer for jams and jellies and it can also be programmed, if you have a recipe that needs more or less time than the default. The pot, stirrer, and lid are all dishwasher safe and come clean easily.

The Freshtech cooks the jam or jelly at just the right temperature, stirring it the whole time and freeing you up to do other things around the kitchen. You can’t just pour in the ingredients and walk away, though. Gentle beeps from the machine let you know when it’s time to add the sugar and when it’s done and you’ll need to be in the same room to hear the beeps.

Each batch in the Freshtech Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker is about four or five half-pint jars. Thirty-two recipes for the Freshtech are online on Ball’s site. A booklet that comes with the machine includes several recipes. Each recipe has a traditional version and a low-sugar option. The booklet also includes instructions for preserving the jams and jellies.

The Giveaway

The entire prize package includes the Freshtech Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker along with a signed copy of the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving, a decorative Gallon jar, a bottle of Ball Classic Pectin, 5 cases of Ball canning jars, a Ball collapsible funnel and Ball dissolvable labels. To win, just comment below and let us know what kind of jam or jelly you would make with the Freshtech.

For additional entries, do one or more of the following. Remember to leave a separate comment for each thing, so that all of your entries get counted.

  • Leave a comment about your favorite jam or jelly.
  • Follow Eat Drink Better on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. If you already follow us, that counts, too. Just let us know in a comment.
  • Sign up for the Eat Drink Better weekly newsletter.

The contest is only open to people with continental U.S. addresses.

Get your entries in by 5:00 p.m., Central time Sunday, November 11. We’ll announce the winner next Monday, November 12.


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Heather Carr loves food, politics, and innovative ways to make the world a better place. She counts Jacques Pepin and Speed Racer among her inspirations. You can find her on Facebook or .



133 Responses to Freshtech Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker Review and Giveaway

  1. Virginia Jones says:

    I love to make black raspberry jelly. If I had the jelly maker, it would be so much easier. Hope I win. Thank you.
    I signed up and liked on facebook.

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  3. lola says:

    signed up for news letter and liked on fb

  4. lola says:

    followed on twitter

  5. lola says:

    would love mint chocolate

  6. Paula says:

    I grew up on a small working farm where my mom would either can or freeze any produce that wasn’t sold. We had a fairly big Midwest family and mom would make enough to last all winter! I miss my mom and this past summer I started canning again. It brought back so many wonderful memories of me sitting in the kitchen working on bushels or quarts of peas, strawberries, beans, or some other wonderful fruit or vegetable fresh from our garden. Thanks for the trip back down memory lane!

  7. Kristi says:

    I follow you on Twitter!!

  8. Kristi says:

    I follow you on Facebook

  9. Kristi says:

    I signed up for your email newsletter

  10. Kristi says:

    I followed you on Pinterest.

  11. Kristi says:

    I would love to make peach jam with this..Or really any kind. Yum!!

  12. Teresa Dowbiggin says:

    I would probably start with blueberry then go from there.

  13. Diane Ross says:

    My favorite jam in the whole world – peach with raspberries. Beautiful color, wonderful taste. I give it as holiday gifts, and never have enough!

  14. Marie says:

    I would make jalapeno peach jelly!

  15. Joyce F. says:

    I would love to have this. I make a varity of jams and jellies but my family begs for my apple butter. This would make things so much eaiser for me.

  16. SHERRY BOCEK says:

    Love all Ball products! Let us know when the new jam maker recipe book comes out!

  17. SHERRY BOCEK says:

    I would to have have a lemon curd recipe for the jam maker. How great would it be to not have to stand @ the stove stirring and stirring and stirring!

  18. Shannon b says:

    Love to make apple butter!

  19. Pat says:

    Not sure what I would make first ~ strawberry, peach, cranberry, blackberry??? :)
    Would LOVE to have this!

  20. Ebony Arnold says:

    Can I make orange marmalade with it? Because I’m going to pick a bunch of satsumas and that’s what I want to make with it!!! I love canning!

  21. emily says:

    I follow on Twitter already, please let me get my hands on this kitchen gadget so I can start making some cranberry-plum-ginger jam.

  22. myna lee says:

    as a senior this would get me back in to production

  23. Emily t. says:

    I added a large strawberry patch to the farm this past spring and I am looking forward to making my own organic strawberry jam. And hopefully having enough jars to sell some at my table at the local farmers market in Nova Scotia, Canada.

  24. Evelyn says:

    I would love to try making some blackberry jam. Signed up for the newwsletter and follow on Pintrest.

  25. ioana c. says:

    i signed up for newsletter

  26. ioana c. says:

    i like on facebook

  27. ioana c. says:

    i love mixed berry

  28. SHERRY BOCEK says:

    Here is the recipe I used in my jam maker: SPICED PEACH JAM
    6C. PEELED CHOPPED PEACHES
    3C. SUGAR
    1TEASPOON CINNAMON
    3 TABLESPOONS LEMON JUICE
    1/2 TEASPOON GROUND CARDAMOM
    1/2 TEASPOON NUTMEG
    MIX ALL INGREDIENTS IN A BOWL. POUR INTO JAM MAKER AND COOK FOR 26 TO 28 MINUTES. LADLE INTO JARS. LET COOL & STORE IN FREEZER.
    THIS IS MY NEW FAVORITE JAM! CARDAMOM IS EXPENSIVE, BUT WELL WORTH THE PRICE, AND YOU ONLY NEED A SMALL AMOUNT TO REALLY JAZZ UP THE FLAVOR IN COOKIES, CAKES, PIES WHATEVER YOUR IMAGINATION COMES UP WITH! HOPE YOU ENJOY!

  29. Julie White says:

    I think my favorite jam is plum cardamom. The FreshTech looks like a great tool for jam making!

  30. Julie White says:

    I follow you on Facebook!

  31. jen schafer says:

    apple butter, pumpkin butter, blueberry jam, hot and spicy spreads…..i would love to make it all!

  32. Beth says:

    I’ve made blackberry and peach-nectarine jam in the past. I would love to something with apples and or pumpkin since they’re in season!

  33. Gloria M says:

    Liked on Facebook :-)

  34. Gloria M says:

    Following on Pintrest

  35. Gloria M says:

    Bacon Jam!!!

  36. Samantha says:

    I’d love to start off my morning with fresh homemade jam! I love apple Butter and Strawberry jam!!

  37. I love making jams and jellies. The Freshtech jam and jelly maker sounds like the answer to a preservers’ prayer! I would make a sweet, hot pepper jelly first, then some exotic combination fruit conserves. Yumm! I would be ecstatic if I won one. Thank you.

  38. Stephanie Watt says:

    I have signed up to receive your newsletter!

  39. Amanda says:

    Balsamic Fig Jam!

  40. Vicki Hinshaw says:

    Rhubarb Rasberry

  41. Stephanie Watt says:

    I have followed you on Facebook!

  42. Stephanie Watt says:

    I would start by making a batch of strawberry jam and take it from there!

  43. David Leflar says:

    I would make my Grandma’s tomato jelly! So delicious!

  44. Heather says:

    Strawberry! lots and lots of Strawberry! YUM!!

  45. Michelle says:

    I liked you on Facebook.

  46. Michelle says:

    Strawberry.

  47. lola says:

    follow you on twitter

  48. lola says:

    follow you on pinterest

  49. lola says:

    follow you on facebook

  50. lola says:

    black cherry apple is good

  51. lola says:

    signed up for news letter

  52. Peggy Willoughby says:

    Pear butter

  53. Marvalene Matson says:

    I just made 75 1/2 pint jars of jelly – the kids all come home to get some! I made strawberry, peach, black raspberry, blackberry, red raspberry, apple & blueberry. I have 6 grandchildren who love jelly toast!

  54. Doreen says:

    Apple jelly! Wow what a great prize would be a fanastic win!

  55. Jody says:

    Signed up for the newsletter as well!

  56. Jody says:

    I am now following you on pinterest and facebook. Thank you!

  57. Jody says:

    My favorite is peach jam

  58. Millie Russoniello says:

    I would make The Country Cooks “Apple Pie” Jelly!

  59. Charity Mushrush says:

    Blackberry Jam.

  60. Nancy Schimunek says:

    I’d like to be able to use the FreshTech to make Maple Apple Jam!!

  61. Nancy Schimunek says:

    I’d make Apple Jelly!

  62. Kathi Chandler says:

    I’ve signed up for the weekly newsletter!

  63. Kathi Chandler says:

    I’m following you on Pinterest!

  64. Kathi Chandler says:

    I like(d) you on FB!

  65. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE BALL PRODUCTS. I WOULD MAKE APPLE PIE JELLY! YEAH BRING IT ON!

  66. Kathi Chandler says:

    I would love a recipe for dandelion, clove or rose jelly; huckleberry jam.

  67. mary fanara coleman says:

    I follow you on facebook and twitter.

  68. Tina says:

    Clear, beautiful Apple Jelly!

  69. mary fanara coleman says:

    My favorite is a strawberry rhubarb recipe I have.

  70. mary fanara coleman says:

    Grape Jam for me.

  71. Elizabeth says:

    I love Strawberry jam so I would make that. :-)

  72. Lisa Boyer says:

    I would love to have one of these to use for my extended family…a favorite would be apple butter or strawberry jam! I am thankful to the Country Cook for sending me here!

  73. Elizabeth says:

    My favorite is Strawberry jam!

  74. Lisa Boyer says:

    I follow you on Facebook and the Country Cook sent me here. I would make Apple Butter or Strawberry Rhubarb jam!

  75. Alba says:

    I would make Peach Moscato Jam.

  76. Alba Johannessen says:

    Peach Moscato Jam!!

  77. Steven Hecksel says:

    Blueberry and fresh lime jam,

  78. Randall Yancey says:

    I love Strawberry, Peach and apple jelly.
    Take a single bread slice toast it, while still hot spread peanut butter and peach preserves on it and heat for 5 mins in the toaster oven, or until topping melts.
    Warning its so good you can not eat just one! Also I following you on Pinterest, and I signed up for your newsletters.

  79. Julie Autaubo says:

    Strawberry Plum Jam!!!

  80. Carol says:

    Cherry jelly!

  81. Kathy says:

    I follow you on facebook

  82. April Wilson says:

    APPLE BUTTER OR PUMPKIN BUTTER!!! YUMMY!!!

  83. Kathy says:

    I would make Plum jam!

  84. Milton H says:

    Apple Pie Jam is my favorite

  85. Vicki Knoup-Gerloff says:

    I would make all kinds of jellies and jams……. My favorite Strawberry!

  86. Evelyn says:

    Would love to try making apple pie jelly in the jelly maker. It looks like it would be a fun ‘appliance’ to own!

  87. Jeffrey says:

    I get your newsletter.

  88. Jeffrey says:

    I like you on facebook, twitter and pinterest.

  89. Jeffrey says:

    My favorite is raspberry preserves.

  90. Stephanie says:

    The first thing i would make is strawberry-rhubarb… YUMMY

  91. Jeffrey says:

    I’d like to make strawberry jam with fruit from my garden!

  92. Paul Law says:

    I’d make Honey Lemon Apple Jam

  93. Kimberly Berry says:

    I LOVE JELLY. SO MANY MEMORIES CAN BE CONNECTED TO A FOOD

  94. Karen Kavanagh says:

    Enjoy following you on facebook and would like to give jalepeno pepper jelly, as well as, spiced pumpkin butter a try sometime soon!

  95. Diana Martin says:

    The jam and jelly maker looks like so much fun to use! Black raspberry jam would be our number one jam. Strawberry and peach are favorites here, too!

  96. Bert says:

    Fig jam! My wife and I rented a place that had a wonderful Desert King fig tree in the backyard (a novelty here in Seattle, WA!) and it produced an amazing harvest of figs. We’d never really done anything with figs before, so we set out to try all the ways to preserve it – drying, freezing, and finally jamming.

    The jams turned out so well that we ended up gifting most of them to friends and family, who now never fail to ask us when we’re going to have more!

    I’ll be following you all via my facebook page, Food and the Environment, from now on. Thanks for this great review and doing this giveaway! :)

  97. Vickie R. says:

    I just found a recipe for Apple Pie Jelly – I would love to try it!

  98. Joanne Macione says:

    I would make orange pineapple jam!
    Thank you for all your wonderful products!
    My family has used you products for 3 generations!

  99. Diana Martin says:

    The Jam and Jelly maker looks like so much fun to use. Black raspberry jam would be our number one jam to make. Strawberry and peach are favorites here, too.

  100. Christi says:

    I would love this. I make “everything” into jam & jelly. Fruits, zuchinni, and I love pepper jelly. This is a great new invention….

  101. karen digiacomo says:

    all kinds of berry jams

  102. Linda Porter says:

    Blackberry

  103. Barb Sabatini says:

    I would love to make the chocolate raspberry ice cream topping!
    It sounds just delicious and of course it would be so easy to make in the new machine.

  104. Pam Nelson says:

    I have plum juice in the freezer waiting to be made into Jelly

  105. Ivis Balseiro says:

    Hi,
    I’m already signed up for your newsletter. I would love, love, LOVE to make Mango Chutney or plain ol’ Mango Jam!!!! It is heaven in a spoon (tablespoon that is :)

  106. Andy V says:

    Sea-grape or Beauty-berry

  107. Mel says:

    Strawberry jam!

  108. Ashley says:

    I’m signed up for your newsletter

  109. Ashley says:

    I like you on facebook

  110. Ashley says:

    I would make mixed berry! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  111. HC says:

    I’m already signed up for your weekly newsletter!

  112. HC says:

    Would love to make homemade jam! I have always loved strawberry and blackberry jams, yummy!

  113. Following you on twitter!

  114. Already signed up for the newsletter! Love it! :)

  115. My favorite jelly is strawberry, so simple yet goes so well on top of any toasted bread!

  116. I think first I would make my favorite, grape jelly! Then I’d move on to more fun and creative jams and jellies, such as blackberry habanero!

  117. Claudia Gonzalez says:

    Great alternative to having to use jelly with high fructose corn syrup! I would love to make my own strawberry and grape jelly!

  118. Leia says:

    Raspberry jalapeno jam. ^_^

  119. Jeph says:

    DEFINITELY would make plum jelly – after both grandmothers got me hooked on it as a kid, it’s my go-to, must-have jelly – and yet I never got around to making it this year. :-(

    And then, after that, I’d be trying marmalade. Yum.

  120. Tracy says:

    Oooh! I think I would go a little marmilade crazy since there is so much citrus growig in my neighborhood! I would love to do herb-infused jams so I could share my wonderful herb garden with friends. This sounds so cool!

  121. Wow! I am dying to learn how to preserve fresh fruits! I would absolutely make fresh strawberry jelly this spring. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  122. Sandra Kortjohn says:

    One of my favorites is fig preserves – great on vanilla ice cream!

  123. kimberly says:

    OMG! I would try every type of fruit available and even some vegetable types like pepper spread! Awesome!

  124. Sandra Kortjohn says:

    And I follow you on FB. and on RSS. :)

  125. Sandra Kortjohn says:

    Raspberry jam!

  126. Michele says:

    Pear sauce and pear jam!

  127. Kara says:

    Strawberry!

  128. Claire says:

    blueberry witha hint of lemon

  129. Mary says:

    But marmalade would be lovely also :)

  130. Mary says:

    Cinnamon pear jam is my favorite!

  131. Necole Dabrio Janczura says:

    I would make both raspberry and blueberry jam. Both are native to Maine. Thanks!

  132. Joanne says:

    my favorite jam would be blueberry though

  133. Joanne says:

    I would love to make some marmalade

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