Best jam making kit 2019

Taking the time to lock fresh flavours into homemade jam and chutney is a great cooking project whatever the time of year. We've selected our favourite preserving tools to help you achieve perfection in a jar.

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Whether you have a glorious harvest crop or a batch of summer berries, reducing all that vibrant flavour into a concentrated jam, chutney, pickle or preserve is one of the most satisfying kitchen endeavours you can set upon. Getting the right results is a science, however, and precision, skill and safety are all necessary requirements for success. Don't embark on a preserving session without the right cookery arsenal...
 

KitchenCraft stainless steel 9l maslin jam pan with handle

Jam pan

Give yourself plenty of room for manoeuvre with a bespoke jam pan. This one holds up to two gallons of liquid and has handy measurements up the side. A maslin pan has a spout and a carry handle, and can also be used for making stock – or serving mulled wine at a party. The handle means it can be hung from a hook for easy storage.

 

Divertimenti wooden spoons

Wooden spoons


Some jams and chutneys require rapid boiling, so wooden spoons are wise as they don't transfer heat. They also prevent scratches and scrapes to the bottom of your pan, plus they're generally one of the most important kitchen utentils – so it's worth paying due attention to which you buy.

Buy from Divertimenti (from £1)


Kilner jar thermometer
 

Thermometer

This vintage-inspired probe will help on the health and safety front. Clip it to the side of your pan and monitor the temperature of your preserve to ensure it's ready for jarring.

 

Lakeland easy-fill jam funnel

Jam funnel

 

Dribbles down the side of your jars are never a good look. Avoid a sloppy mess (and minimise the risks involved in handling scalding hot jam or chutney) by using a specialist funnel with a wide neck to transport the mixture from the pan.

Buy from Lakeland (£7.49)


Le Parfait clip-top jars

La Parfait jars

We're passionate about recycling old glass receptacles, but for gifts, old-fashioned jars look smart and uniform in a hamper – plus they themselves can be used again and again if washed and sterilised correctly. They can also be used for storage once your chutney or jam is used up. The rubber seal guarantees the contents are locked in and are unlikely to taint. 

 

Westmark glass jar lifter

Tongs

Instead of relying on a tattered tea towel, grab yourself a pair of specially designed pincers to safely lift steaming hot jars.

Buy from Amazon (£10.25)


Digital weighing scales

Scales

Avoid a disaster by measuring your ingredients to the dot – sugar levels are particularly important when jamming. Ensure accuracy with every recipe by investing in a pair of electronic scales. 

Read the bbcgoodfood.com review of digital kitchen scales

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This review was last updated in January 2019. If you have any questions or suggestions for future reviews, or spot anything that has changed in price or availability, please get in touch at goodfoodwebsite@immediate.co.uk. 

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