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Ball Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker

Pina Colada Jam


Disclosure: I received a Ball Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker along with some other canning supplies to help me write this review.

Have you tried the Ball Jam and Jelly Maker yet? It is perfect for easy small batch jam and jelly making. If you already have the Ball Jam and Jelly Maker and are looking for Ball Jam and Jelly Maker recipes I have added a few at the bottom of this post. 


Making Jam with the Ball Canning Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker

Review of the Ball Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker


I know it is the dead of winter where you live. It’s freezing cold outside and the last thing you have on your mind is making jam or jelly. Jam or jelly making is for the summer months right?

So why am I posting a Jam recipe this time of year. Or maybe your not wondering why at all. Maybe you’re like me and you make jam in the winter. Or all year long whenever the urge strike.

Well there are a couple of reasons why I am posting this very tropical jam recipe at the end of December.

One being that I was suppose to post a review of the new Ball Canning Jam & Jelly Maker back in October after a giveaway I hosted ended.

But life got in the way and then the holidays were upon us. Then I moved at the beginning of December.

Never move in month of December if you can avoid it!

A few weeks ago I noticed on the Fresh Preserving website that there were some new recipes just for the new Ball Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker (affiliate link).

Back in October when I was running that giveaway the way to get an entry in to win a Ball canning prize pack was to leave a comment telling what flavor recipes you would like to see created for the new Ball Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker. Ball wanted to see what flavors or flavor combo’s people were interested in for the new canning maker.

Ball took all of the suggestions from my readers and from other bloggers readers to come up with a new batch of recipes for the jam maker. So when I saw the recipes I immediately looked through them all. There were a couple that I knew I would be making asap but the Pina Colada Jam jumped off the page at me and I knew that this was the recipe I would be making to test out the Jam & Jelly Maker.

I am very happy I picked that one because it turned out lovely.

I will not be covering the safety measures of making jam or jelly today.

You will still need to prepare your jars, lids and have a way to process the jam or jelly in a hot water bath when using the Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker.

Today I will just be writing about my experience using the jam & jelly maker.

As I mentioned I picked the Pina Colada Jam for my recipe.

pineapple, coconut water, Shredded coconut, sugar and pectin are pictured here

Ingredients for Pina Colada Jam


I measured out all the ingredients except for the pectin.

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First you add the pectin


Then sprinkled the pectin in the bottom of the jam maker.

adding ingredients to the jam & jelly maker

I added the pineapple, coconut water and butter to the jam & jelly maker


Next I added the pineapple, coconut water and butter to the jam maker.

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Next turn the jam maker on.


After adding all of the ingredients in the order specified I turned the Ball Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker on. The stirrer begins to turn, scraping and mixing the ingredients.

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Gradually adding sugar

After four minutes the jam maker beeps and you add the sugar slowly, sprinkling it over the top of the rest of the ingredients. Once all the sugar was added I then sprinkled the coarsely chopped coconut flakes on top of the sugar.

Jam maker starting to cook the ingredients for Pina Colada Jam

Starting to heat up. We be Jamming.


Almost immediately the ingredients start to bubble and heat up.

Once you finished adding all the sugar the instructions say to immediately put the lid on the jam maker.


For demonstration purposes I did not put the lid on so I could take these pictures.

Please follow all instructions and safety precautions when using the jam maker.

It gets very hot very fast.

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Put the lid on the jam maker!


If you look closely at the timer on the jam maker you see that there is 15 minutes left to go. During this time I took my canning jars out of the hot water and set them next to the jam maker on a dish towel.

Everything was ready to go when the timer went off.

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The jam is done and I begin filling my jars.



From start to finish it took 25 minutes to make a batch of jam.

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Ball Pina Colada Jam


My thoughts on the Ball Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker

When using the jam maker there is a big difference in the amount of jam or jelly you will can or put up.  The amount of ingredients you are using is much smaller them a standard batch of jam made the regular way. In comparing the recipes available for the jam maker all recipes will yield either 2 or 4 half pints of jam or jelly.  This is perfect for someone who does not want to make a large amount of jam or jelly.

If your canning goals are to put up a huge amount of jam or jelly this jam maker is probably not for you.

But if you are like me and you like to make flavors that not everyone in your family will be interested in eating then this will not be an issue. Or you do not have accesses to large amounts of fruit or vegetables at at cheap price. 

There are some benefits of making small batches.

  • Less ingredients are needed to make a batch
  • Smaller batches mean less jam to store
  • Less waste when experimenting with flavors


There are some limitations to using this appliance but I think they out weight the benefits. 

  • There are only 23 recipes available for the Jam Maker.  I am sure Ball will be adding more soon. As I mentioned earlier they just added a bunch of new ones and I am sure before Spring rolls around they will probably be adding more.
  • Smaller batches are yielded  But if you are canning for yourself or a small family 4 – 1/2 pints of jelly from each batch is plenty. And if not then you can make a second batch using the jam maker.
  • Most of the recipes available are for jams or jellies. There are a few for Pizza Sauce and Salsa.

Since I am the adventurous type I will probably create a few recipes of my own.

To wrap it up

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Pina Colada Jam made in the Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker

I loved the ease of using the Ball Jam and Jelly Maker. The process went by so quickly from making a batch of jam to filling the jars and processing in a hot water bath that I made a second recipe. I’ll save that recipe for another post. But I can tell you it is so good that I have eaten almost a jar already as a yogurt and cheese cake topping.

I will be making another batch or two of this recipe for sure!

Are you looking for more Ball Jam and Jelly Maker recipes?

All opinions and photos are my own.

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  1. says

    MMmm, thanks for this jam recipe. I just got back from Cabo and I am craving pina colada taste (as I drank those by the pool side). It looks pretty easy to make and I am going to try it. I love jams on bread, fruit or scones with a coffee in the morning or even for a snack. Thanks again for the recipe!

    • says

      Hi Becky

      No I don’t. I’ve never made a zucchini jam and it sounds very interesting. I may have to try to find a recipe myself and try it. Have you checked the Ball site?

      • Becky says

        I did check the Ball site, and I have been Googling almost every day to find one! Hopefully I will find one soon but thanks for the reply :)

        • says

          Becky I think the problem is that zucchini is low acid and not safe for unrefrigerated long storage. I searched google and found a few recipes (not for the jam & jelly maker) for zucchini jam that include pineapple. The pineapple will bring up the acid level but I also found a few sites saying that zucchini jam would need to be refrigerated or frozen to keep it safe. Please be safe and use only safe high acid jam & jelly recipes.

          • Becky says

            Okay thanks so much for that information, Arlene! I have a few other questions if you don’t mind… I tried to make plain rhubarb jam (no strawberry) jam and it did not set up. Too much acid? And you said I should use high acid fruits only for jam? And also, is there a way to make sugar-free jam, or just low sugar? I have a diabetic friend that I would like to make some for but she can’t have sugar. Thanks in advance!

          • says

            Becky I have never made a Rhubarb jam but I know with some jams, jellies and marmalades they can take weeks to set up completely. Have you put a jar in the refrigerator to see if chilling it would thicken it? If it is warm it might be runny but once chilled it may thicken up.

            As long as you get your recipes from a reliable source they will be safe. This is why lemon juice is added to most jam and jelly recipes or for a salsa or pickles vinegar is used to bring up the acid level to make those foods safe for the hot water bath canning.

            P.S Next month I will be hosting some fun Ball canning giveaways so be sure to sign up for my email updates.

  2. Jackie says

    Our 10 year old grandson is coming over for the weekend, and we are making this jam and 2 different types of bread. Should be an interesting weekend.

  3. Roch says

    Great device. I made a batch of the pepper jelly from the booklet. It was good but a bit sweet and had absolutely no heat. I grow several peppers including habanero, jalapeno, and ghost peppers but am unsure what amount to use in the recipe. Want some heat, but not too hot. Any ideas that might help be avoid making several batches of inedible jelly would be appreciated.


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