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Holiday 2013 Finds: Ball FreshTECH Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker is a blast

By April Neale Dec 23, 2013, 8:35 GMT

Holiday 2013 Finds: Ball FreshTECH Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker is a blast

Canning and preserving food is a retro pastime embraced by hipster moms and dads. Victory gardens and farmer\'s market devotees usually wind up with a surplus of something, and no one likes waste.

Canning is the new black when it comes to domestic fun.

Canning and preserving food is a retro pastime embraced by hipster moms and dads. Victory gardens and farmer's market devotees usually wind up with a surplus of something, and no one likes waste.

Everyone loves a crisp crunchy pickle and having tomato sauce they made from garden tomatoes in the dead of winter.

Canning, or technically sterile preserving in glass packaging, makes for a vibrant pantry and fridge and offers a family a huge cost saving in off months when things are not in season.

According to a survey from Jarden Home Brands (makers of Ball Brand Fresh Preserving Products), 80% of fresh preserving consumers preserve jam and 52% preserve jelly. Visitor traffic to FreshPreserving.com, the Ball brand fresh preserving website, indicates that Strawberry Jam is America's clear favorite flavor of jam, commanding nearly half of all jam and jelly recipe page views.



The perfect affordable gift for a new couple or a family member who wants to try jam or jelly making, the Ball brand offers an innovative solution: the Ball FreshTECH Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker. Taking the guesswork out of making fresh jams and jellies, the Ball Brand FreshTECH Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker is a first-of-its-kind appliance in the US that captures the fresh bounty of summer in less than 30 minutes.



The Ball FreshTECH Automatic Home Canning System was designed to take the guesswork and worries out of canning. The SmartPRESERVE Technology is an energy efficient hybrid technology that automatically senses, and constantly monitors time and temperature optimized for each recipe including location altitude. The FreshTECH Automatic Home Canning System delivers shelf-stable delicacies for up to one year.

Prepare fresh jams & jellies, sauces, tomatoes, salsas, fruits, and pickles using easy-to-follow instructions in the included FreshTECH Recipe Book.

We cannot stress how easy Ball makes this entire canning business.  You literally just fill the inner canister with six cups of water, drop the included rack into the bottom of the canister, which you fill with the mason jars you'll be using.

The canner will sterilize and preheat them (so they don't shatter when you pour in boiling hot liquids) in about 12 minutes. Once you've filled the jars with whatever you're preserving, place the jars back in the unit, select a processing program as dictated by the included recipe guide, and wait for the unit to do its magic.

The FreshTech doesn't demand you constantly keep an eye on it, giving you time to set up the next batch of jars. The Freshtech can hold up to 6 half-pint, four pints, or three quart jars per processing session.

The Ball FreshTECH Automatic Home Canning System is insanely easy, here is how you begin:

  1. Select and prep an Automatic Home Canning System recipe.
  2. Put jars into the Auto Canner and press the recipe’s number on the touch pad.
  3. That's it! Your Auto Canner will musically signal when the jars are perfectly preserved and shelf stable for up to one year.

Features:

  • Pre-Heats your Ball Jars!
  • Home Canning System Includes Jar Lifter, Jar Rack, Removable Inner Pot
  • Includes Recipe Book with canning recipes and meal inspirations for each
  • Preserve your recipes up to 30% faster
  • Smart Preserve Technology optimizes time, temperature and canning process
  • Features programmed food buttons and recipe buttons to take the guess work out of canning
  • Includes 26 of our most popular jam, jelly, fruit, pickle, tomato, sauce and salsa recipes
  • More recipes available online [link, when available] with more be added all the time
  • Also includes 25 kick-starter recipes for delicious and creative ways to use your freshly-preserved ingredients
  • Seven built-in safety features
  • No stove top required; operates on any surface near an outlet
  • Holds 6 half pints (8oz), 4 pints (16oz), or 3 quarts (32oz) jars during a batch

Includes

  • Removeable inner pot for easy cleaning. Dishwasher safe.
  • Jar Rack. Dishwasher safe.
  • Premium Jar Lifter
  • Recipe Book / Meal Creation Guide

Get Cooking: http://www.cooking.com/freshtech-automatic-home-canning-system-by-ball_613560_11/#ixzz2oGf5ObIc


The FreshTECH Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker is available at department stores nationally and online at FreshPreservingStore.com for $99.99 - $299.99 MSRP.

Traditional Strawberry Jam
Makes about 8 (8 oz) half pints

Strawberries, lemon juice, Ball® RealFruit® Classic Pectin and sugar combine to make traditional strawberry jam. Try out this recipe, then make it your own as you discover new twists to this favorite canning recipes.
You will need:

5 cups crushed strawberries (about 5 lbs)
1/4 cup lemon juice
6 Tbsp Ball® RealFruit® Classic Pectin
7 cups granulated sugar
8 (8 oz) half pint glass preserving jars with lids and bands
Directions:
1.) PREPARE boiling water canner. Heat jars and lids in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil. Set bands aside.
2.) COMBINE strawberries and lemon juice in a 6- or 8-quart saucepan. Gradually stir in pectin. Bring mixture to a full rolling boil that can not be stirred down, over high heat, stirring constantly.
3.) ADD entire measure of sugar, stirring to dissolve. Return mixture to a full rolling boil. Boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim foam if necessary.
4.) LADLE hot jam into hot jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Apply band until fit is fingertip tight.
5.) PROCESS in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lid should not flex up and down when center is pressed.

Delicious Variations

Vanilla Strawberry Jam:
Add half a vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise, to the crushed strawberries. Cook as directed and remove vanilla bean before ladling jam into jars. The resulting jam will be enhanced with subtle yet distinct vanilla overtones.

Strawberry Balsamic Jam:
Reduce the lemon juice to 1 tbsp and add 3 tbsp good-quality balsamic vinegar. Balsamic vinegar accents the strawberry flavor and gives the jam a robust taste.

Lemony Strawberry Jam:
Add the grated zest of 1 large lemon to the crushed strawberries.

Peppered Strawberry Jam:
Stir 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper into the cooked jam just before ladling it into the jars. Pepper accents and compliments strawberries' sweet flavor. Be sure to use freshly ground pepper, which delivers a fresher-quality flavor.

Apple Pie Filling

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Apple Pie Filling
Makes about 7 (16 oz) pints
In addition to the classic pie, this apple pie filling allows you to quickly make luscious desserts such as apple turnovers, apple crisp or apple dumplings.
You will need:
12 cups sliced peeled cored apples, treated to prevent browning* and drained (about 12 medium)
Water
2-3/4 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup ClearJel® (cooking starch used for preserving)
1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
2-1/2 cups unsweetened apple juice
1-1/4 cups cold water
1/2 cup lemon juice
7 (16 oz) pint glass preserving jars with lids and bands
Directions:
1.) PREPARE boiling water canner. Heat jars and lids in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil. Set bands aside.
2.) BLANCH apple slices, working with 6 cups at a time, in a large pot of boiling water for 1 minute. Remove with a slotted spoon and keep warm in a covered bowl.
3.) COMBINE sugar, ClearJel®, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large stainless steel saucepan. Stir in apple juice and cold water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, and cook until mixture thickens and begins to bubble. Add lemon juice, return to a boil and boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Drain apple slices and immediately fold into hot mixture. Before processing, heat, stirring, until apples are heated through.
4.) LADLE hot pie filling into hot jars leaving 1 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Apply band until fit is fingertip tight.
5.) PROCESS jars in a boiling water canner for 25 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lid should not flex up and down when center is pressed.

*To treat apple slices to prevent browning, apply Ball® Fruit-Fresh® Produce Protector according to the manufacturer's instructions or submerge cut apples in a mixture of 1/4 cup lemon juice and 4 cups water.



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