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Published on November 5th, 2012 | by Heather Carr


Freshtech Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker Review and Giveaway

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.

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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. Joanne says:

    I would love to make some marmalade

  2. Joanne says:

    my favorite jam would be blueberry though

  3. Necole Dabrio Janczura says:

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

  4. Mary says:

    Cinnamon pear jam is my favorite!

  5. Mary says:

    But marmalade would be lovely also :)

  6. Claire says:

    blueberry witha hint of lemon

  7. Kara says:


  8. Michele says:

    Pear sauce and pear jam!

  9. Sandra Kortjohn says:

    Raspberry jam!

  10. Sandra Kortjohn says:

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

  11. kimberly says:

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

  12. Sandra Kortjohn says:

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

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. Leia says:

    Raspberry jalapeno jam. ^_^

  17. 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!

  18. 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!

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

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

  21. Following you on twitter!

  22. HC says:

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

  23. HC says:

    I’m already signed up for your weekly newsletter!

  24. Ashley says:

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

  25. Ashley says:

    I like you on facebook

  26. Ashley says:

    I’m signed up for your newsletter

  27. Mel says:

    Strawberry jam!

  28. Andy V says:

    Sea-grape or Beauty-berry

  29. Ivis Balseiro says:

    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 :)

  30. Pam Nelson says:

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

  31. 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.

  32. Linda Porter says:


  33. karen digiacomo says:

    all kinds of berry jams

  34. 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….

  35. 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.

  36. 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!

  37. Vickie R. says:

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

  38. 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! :)

  39. 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!

  40. 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!

  41. Kimberly Berry says:


  42. Paul Law says:

    I’d make Honey Lemon Apple Jam

  43. Jeffrey says:

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

  44. Stephanie says:

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

  45. Jeffrey says:

    My favorite is raspberry preserves.

  46. Jeffrey says:

    I like you on facebook, twitter and pinterest.

  47. Jeffrey says:

    I get your newsletter.

  48. 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!

  49. Vicki Knoup-Gerloff says:

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

  50. Milton H says:

    Apple Pie Jam is my favorite

  51. Kathy says:

    I would make Plum jam!

  52. April Wilson says:


  53. Kathy says:

    I follow you on facebook

  54. Carol says:

    Cherry jelly!

  55. Julie Autaubo says:

    Strawberry Plum Jam!!!

  56. 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.

  57. Steven Hecksel says:

    Blueberry and fresh lime jam,

  58. Alba Johannessen says:

    Peach Moscato Jam!!

  59. Alba says:

    I would make Peach Moscato Jam.

  60. Lisa Boyer says:

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

  61. Elizabeth says:

    My favorite is Strawberry jam!

  62. 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!

  63. Elizabeth says:

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

  64. mary fanara coleman says:

    Grape Jam for me.

  65. mary fanara coleman says:

    My favorite is a strawberry rhubarb recipe I have.

  66. Tina says:

    Clear, beautiful Apple Jelly!

  67. mary fanara coleman says:

    I follow you on facebook and twitter.

  68. Kathi Chandler says:

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


  70. Kathi Chandler says:

    I like(d) you on FB!

  71. Kathi Chandler says:

    I’m following you on Pinterest!

  72. Kathi Chandler says:

    I’ve signed up for the weekly newsletter!

  73. Nancy Schimunek says:

    I’d make Apple Jelly!

  74. Nancy Schimunek says:

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

  75. Charity Mushrush says:

    Blackberry Jam.

  76. Millie Russoniello says:

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

  77. Jody says:

    My favorite is peach jam

  78. Jody says:

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

  79. Jody says:

    Signed up for the newsletter as well!

  80. Doreen says:

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

  81. 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!

  82. Peggy Willoughby says:

    Pear butter

  83. lola says:

    signed up for news letter

  84. lola says:

    black cherry apple is good

  85. lola says:

    follow you on facebook

  86. lola says:

    follow you on pinterest

  87. lola says:

    follow you on twitter

  88. Michelle says:


  89. Michelle says:

    I liked you on Facebook.

  90. Heather says:

    Strawberry! lots and lots of Strawberry! YUM!!

  91. David Leflar says:

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

  92. Stephanie Watt says:

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

  93. Stephanie Watt says:

    I have followed you on Facebook!

  94. Vicki Hinshaw says:

    Rhubarb Rasberry

  95. Amanda says:

    Balsamic Fig Jam!

  96. Stephanie Watt says:

    I have signed up to receive your newsletter!

  97. 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.

  98. Samantha says:

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

  99. Gloria M says:

    Bacon Jam!!!

  100. Gloria M says:

    Following on Pintrest

  101. Gloria M says:

    Liked on Facebook :-)

  102. 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!

  103. jen schafer says:

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

  104. Julie White says:

    I follow you on Facebook!

  105. Julie White says:

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

  106. SHERRY BOCEK says:

    Here is the recipe I used in my jam maker: SPICED PEACH JAM
    3C. SUGAR

  107. ioana c. says:

    i love mixed berry

  108. ioana c. says:

    i like on facebook

  109. ioana c. says:

    i signed up for newsletter

  110. Evelyn says:

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

  111. 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.

  112. myna lee says:

    as a senior this would get me back in to production

  113. 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.

  114. 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!

  115. Pat says:

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

  116. Shannon b says:

    Love to make apple butter!

  117. 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!

  118. SHERRY BOCEK says:

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

  119. 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.

  120. Marie says:

    I would make jalapeno peach jelly!

  121. 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!

  122. Teresa Dowbiggin says:

    I would probably start with blueberry then go from there.

  123. Kristi says:

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

  124. Kristi says:

    I followed you on Pinterest.

  125. Kristi says:

    I signed up for your email newsletter

  126. Kristi says:

    I follow you on Facebook

  127. Kristi says:

    I follow you on Twitter!!

  128. 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!

  129. lola says:

    would love mint chocolate

  130. lola says:

    followed on twitter

  131. lola says:

    signed up for news letter and liked on fb

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  133. 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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