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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  • Leave a comment about your favorite jam or jelly.
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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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  • I would love to make some marmalade

  • my favorite jam would be blueberry though

  • Necole Dabrio Janczura

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

  • Mary

    Cinnamon pear jam is my favorite!

  • Mary

    But marmalade would be lovely also :)

  • Claire

    blueberry witha hint of lemon

  • Kara


  • Pear sauce and pear jam!

  • Sandra Kortjohn

    Raspberry jam!

  • Sandra Kortjohn

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

  • kimberly

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

  • Sandra Kortjohn

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

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Jeph

    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.

  • Leia

    Raspberry jalapeno jam. ^_^

  • Claudia Gonzalez

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

  • 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!

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

  • Already signed up for the newsletter! Love it! :)

  • Following you on twitter!

  • HC

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

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    I’m already signed up for your weekly newsletter!

  • Ashley

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

  • Ashley

    I like you on facebook

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  • Mel

    Strawberry jam!

  • Andy V

    Sea-grape or Beauty-berry

  • Ivis Balseiro

    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 :)

  • Pam Nelson

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

  • Barb Sabatini

    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.

  • Linda Porter


  • karen digiacomo

    all kinds of berry jams

  • Christi

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

  • Diana Martin

    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.

  • Joanne Macione

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

  • Vickie R.

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

  • 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! :)

  • Diana Martin

    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!

  • Karen Kavanagh

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

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  • Paul Law

    I’d make Honey Lemon Apple Jam

  • Jeffrey

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

  • Stephanie

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

  • Jeffrey

    My favorite is raspberry preserves.

  • Jeffrey

    I like you on facebook, twitter and pinterest.

  • Jeffrey

    I get your newsletter.

  • Evelyn

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

  • Vicki Knoup-Gerloff

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

  • Milton H

    Apple Pie Jam is my favorite

  • Kathy

    I would make Plum jam!

  • April Wilson


  • Kathy

    I follow you on facebook

  • Carol

    Cherry jelly!

  • Julie Autaubo

    Strawberry Plum Jam!!!

  • Randall Yancey

    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.

  • Steven Hecksel

    Blueberry and fresh lime jam,

  • Alba Johannessen

    Peach Moscato Jam!!

  • Alba

    I would make Peach Moscato Jam.

  • Lisa Boyer

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

  • Elizabeth

    My favorite is Strawberry jam!

  • Lisa Boyer

    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!

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

  • mary fanara coleman

    Grape Jam for me.

  • mary fanara coleman

    My favorite is a strawberry rhubarb recipe I have.

  • Tina

    Clear, beautiful Apple Jelly!

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    I follow you on facebook and twitter.

  • Kathi Chandler

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


  • Kathi Chandler

    I like(d) you on FB!

  • Kathi Chandler

    I’m following you on Pinterest!

  • Kathi Chandler

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  • Nancy Schimunek

    I’d make Apple Jelly!

  • Nancy Schimunek

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

  • Charity Mushrush

    Blackberry Jam.

  • Millie Russoniello

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

  • Jody

    My favorite is peach jam

  • Jody

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

  • Jody

    Signed up for the newsletter as well!

  • Doreen

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

  • Marvalene Matson

    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!

  • Peggy Willoughby

    Pear butter

  • lola

    signed up for news letter

  • lola

    black cherry apple is good

  • lola

    follow you on facebook

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    follow you on pinterest

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    follow you on twitter

  • Michelle


  • Michelle

    I liked you on Facebook.

  • Heather

    Strawberry! lots and lots of Strawberry! YUM!!

  • David Leflar

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

  • Stephanie Watt

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

  • Stephanie Watt

    I have followed you on Facebook!

  • Vicki Hinshaw

    Rhubarb Rasberry

  • Balsamic Fig Jam!

  • Stephanie Watt

    I have signed up to receive your newsletter!

  • 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.

  • Samantha

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

  • Gloria M

    Bacon Jam!!!

  • Gloria M

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    Liked on Facebook :-)

  • 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!

  • jen schafer

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

  • Julie White

    I follow you on Facebook!

  • Julie White

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


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

  • ioana c.

    i love mixed berry

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    i like on facebook

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    i signed up for newsletter

  • Evelyn

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

  • Emily t.

    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.

  • myna lee

    as a senior this would get me back in to production

  • emily

    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.

  • Ebony Arnold

    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!

  • Pat

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

  • Shannon b

    Love to make apple butter!


    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!


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

  • Joyce F.

    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.

  • Marie

    I would make jalapeno peach jelly!

  • Diane Ross

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

  • Teresa Dowbiggin

    I would probably start with blueberry then go from there.

  • Kristi

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

  • Kristi

    I followed you on Pinterest.

  • Kristi

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  • Kristi

    I follow you on Facebook

  • Kristi

    I follow you on Twitter!!

  • Paula

    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!

  • lola

    would love mint chocolate

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  • Virginia Jones

    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.