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4 Steps to Putting Up Jams

It’s important to store your jam properly in order to prevent it from spoiling before its time. The following steps will help you preserve your homemade jam.

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Canned jams and jellies should last about 6 months in a cool, dark storage space as long as the seal holds.

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Step 1: After the Jam is Cooked

Once the jam is cooled, remove from the heat. Stir to distribute the fruit evenly and ladle into warm, clean jars, which have been resting in hot water.





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Step 2: Filling the Jars

Fill jar to within 1/8 or ¼ inch of the top, according to the recipe. Remove any air bubbles around the inside of the jar with a sterile spatula.





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Step 3: Putting on the Lids

Wipe off any drips from the top and the outside of each jar with a clean, damp cloth. Apply lids and screw bands, following manufacturer’s instructions.





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Step 4: Processing

Process in boiling water bath for specified time, starting when water boils. At high altitudes, increase the time by 1 minute for each 1,000 ft. above sea level.