My Must Have Items For Jam Making!

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Jam Making Necessities

I love jam making and having the right items in the kitchen can go a long way into ensuring your jams are perfect.
Small pretty jars can be decorated and given as gifts
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Jam Jars

Sometimes even recycling your old jam jars isn't enough and at times we all run out. I have been in this situation enough to know a few extra jars on hand can be a last minute saviour. The size of jar depends solely on your tastes, I like small jars that I can use for gifts; these are a firm favourite of mine. They also fit well in the fridge after opening.
Maslin Pan
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Maslin Pan

Stainless Steel Maslin Pan

It's best to have a maslin pan for even cooking and to prevent sticking. I use a kilner one but they are all similar. At 8-9 litres they hold a lot of fruit so are great for cooking in large quantities. The large top ensures the liquid evaporates quickly giving you fast results.
Kitchen thermometer
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Kitchen thermometer

Kitchen Thermometer

 This thermometer ensures you boil your jams, chutney and candy to the perfect temperature. The adjustable clip at the back sits directly onto your pan so you can have your hands free.
Preserving spoon
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Preserving spoon

Long Wooden Spoon

I love my long preserving spoon it allows me to stir my pan without getting splashed by hot jam. The fact it's wooden ensures it doesn't cause any problems with the temperature of your jam.
A Easy Fill Funnel
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A Easy Fill Funnel

Jam Funnel

I use a wide mouth jam funnel - it seems to fit all my preserve jars perfectly. By spooning my jam from the pan via the funnel I keep my counters clean and my hands safe.
A tala jam strainer
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A tala jam strainer

Strainer or Muslin Cloth

If you want to remove pips and seeds from your jams then a strainer is the ideal thing for you. An alternative could be a good old fashioned wooden spoon and a muslin cloth.
Pretty labels
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Pretty labels

Label it up!

There's nothing worse than going to the cupboard and wondering what flavour jam you made 6 months prior. Ensure it doesn't happen by labelling up your jars after each cooking session. There's some lovely labels available to make your homemade gifts look fantastic. You can also take it one step further with ribbons and jam covers.

I hope you enjoyed this must have guide, happy jam making!

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