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Fixing Runny Jam

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There are several methods you can use to fix jam that does not set up. This is a guide about fixing runny jam.
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July 2, 2010

I made strawberry jam, it didn't set. Can I do anything to correct this?

By Ruth

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July 2, 20100 found this helpful
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Homemade strawberry jam is yummy. But what do you do if it is runny. Read on for a recipe to fix failed strawberry jam.

It is summer. Strawberry season is winding down. Raspberries and blueberries are just around the corner. Berries are just wonderful; about anyway you can eat them. I enjoy them fresh in a bowl, on my cereal or ice cream, in a frosty smoothy or in a pie. Come fall and winter, there is nothing like homemade strawberry jam on your favorite toast or on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

There are many good recipes for jam. I used a standard boxed pectin recipe with fresh picked strawberries from a local farm. My mouth was watering for homemade strawberry jam. I have not ever had a failure in my jam making, but this year I did. It was runny. It would make a great ice cream Sunday topper.

Most cooking mistakes can be fixed, so I researched my options. I called the 800 number on the pectin box. The help line operator had no information on how to fix runny jam. Next I called the local Cooperative Extension. Over the years, I have found them to be a great source of information. This year, they came to the rescue, again.

Here is the recipe to fix failed strawberry jam. You can use this recipe to fix up to 8 cups of runny jam. These portions are per cup of jam.

2 tablespoons of sugar

1 tablespoon of water

1 1/2 teaspoons powdered pectin

Mix pectin and water; bring them to a boil while you are stirring constantly. Add runny strawberry jam and sugar and stir constantly. Bring the mixture to a full rolling boil over high heat. Boil for ½ minute. Then remove the pot from heat. Skim the top of an foam that may have formed. Put jam in hot jars and use new lids. Process the jam in a hot water bath for 10 minutes. Let the jars sit over night.

There is nothing like homemade strawberry jam. I invite you to try your hand at making a batch. If you have ever made jam and it didn't set up, don't be discouraged. Tuck this recipe away with your jam recipe for future reference and "just in case." It does work. I tried it this year! Yum. You can visit me at http://healthwo  e-how-to-fix-it/

good luck.

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July 15, 20100 found this helpful
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There is a recipe on the bottom of the instructions in the pectin box, depending on if you made jam or jelly. I have a batch of peach jelly that I have to remake because it did not set. Just remember to use new caps when reprocessing. Good luck!

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July 2, 20100 found this helpful

I don't know of any way to correct your problem. I don't know how much strawberry jam you have made, but don't throw it in the garbage.

Freeze it in containers, and use it for ice cream toppings, or use it as a fruit filling between layers of a white cake. And you can even bake some cookies and use it as a filling for the top of the cookies, such as thumb print cookies.

Here is a great website full of recipes:

http://www.recipezaar.com

Do some research on Google and find other uses for strawberry jam.

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July 3, 20100 found this helpful

I have made jam with my bread machine and have not had any issues. Sorry.

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July 27, 20160 found this helpful

What do you mean by process the jam in a hot water bath? Set the jars in hot water for 10 minutes?

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November 16, 20160 found this helpful

my goof was with Christmas Jam still the same receipe?

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August 29, 2008

I recently made several batches of peach jam. In one batch all the jars had a peachy color liquid layer at the bottom of about 1/2 inch. Also the jam is a slightly liquidy. Is the jam edible and what happened?

E.E. from Ames, IA

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August 29, 20080 found this helpful
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Is it actually canned? Or wax on top? If canned, I would stir it up and use it on pancakes, waffles, or ice cream. If waxed, I would put it back in a pan and boil it until it thickens. Or, boil for several minutes to thicken it somewhat and kill any germs, then use it as a topping.

If it has simply been refrigerated, either of the above would work.

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August 29, 20080 found this helpful
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Did you use pectin? Did you make any changes in the recipe -- like use less sugar? I don't think there is anything wrong with your jam. It just sounds as if there was not enough pectin in the last batch. I always use Certo -- either liquid or crystals, but any brand will do I think, and my jam is always fine. You could do as the last poster suggested and use it as a peach syrup, or you could re-do it using pectin. There are recipes for fixing jam that did not set included with the pectin. Another thought I have is that this particular batch was juicier for some reason, and therefore required more cooking if you did not use pectin, or perhaps was so juicy that it required more pectin than ordinary. Whatever, the jam is edible. It will taste the same -- just isn't quite as solid.

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August 30, 20080 found this helpful
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How long ago did you make the jam? It sometimes takes 2-3 weeks to set up. Since it is still liquid and slightly separated, if it is properly sealed (boiling water bath) just invert the jars for a week or so and see what happens. I had some corn cob jelly once that took a month to set up. If it flops, it will still be heavenly on pancakes and ice cream. Have fun!

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August 29, 20080 found this helpful

Please be careful of the safety issues of contamination. If in doubt, throw it out. Your combination of sugars, fruit and pectin must not have been true science. Did you fudge on sugar or use Splenda?

I make sugarless or low sugar jams/jellies, but must have the pectin that states that. If you don't use the reduced or sugar free, you will have the syrup.

I did this with plums and used frozen apple juice from the can and of course, that threw off the sugar basis. I tried to redo it, just came out the same. BUT it is delicious. Tastes like Bing Cherry sauce. Use for cheese cakes, ice cream, pig out day finger dips, etc.

If you don't care for it, wrap it up for gifts at Christmas---Peach Ice Cream sauce, etc. My kids also liked my soupy mess for dipping pretzels, fresh bread, etc.

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August 30, 20081 found this helpful

all you need to do is add more pectin. lemon juice is very high in pectin.(that,s why a lot of jam (jelly) recipes have it added)empty it back into a saucepan and get it to what,s called a rolling boil until setting point is reached.To test if it,s set put a small plate into the freezer, spoon a small amount on to it,wait until cold and when you push your finger through and it wrinkles you know that it,s set. bottle as normal.I make a lot of jam so I hope this helps. Jan UK

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July 23, 2010

I tried making peach freezer jam and followed the instructions to a T. It is almost finished sitting out for 24 hours and it looks like it may not be quite thick enough. It looks a bit watery. Any ideas as to why?

By Sandi from IL

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July 23, 20100 found this helpful
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Sorry I don't know the answer to your question but this link below has a lot of info re: jams & jellies and the science behind them. There is also a recipe near the bottom on re-making freezer jam from a failed batch. I didnt know you could do that.

http://www.home  g_jam_and_jelly/

We always make raspberry freezer jam and once I had it turn out not quite as gelled but gelled enough. It of course will be firmer in the fridge and even firmer in the freezer. We always keep ours in the freezer and often I forget to take it out a few minutes early and actually like it on sandwiches when it is frozen.

Or you could use it on pancakes or Dutch Babies in place of syrup.

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July 23, 20100 found this helpful
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Thanks Kaelle for that site info. I went there and I may try to remake the jam if it doesn't seem to get gelled enough after putting it in the fridge.

I am now wondering if the peaches I used were too juicy?

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July 27, 20100 found this helpful

I made a batch of blueberry jam and had the same problem. I am too lazy to redo it but I guess if you add more pectin, you could salvage it for jam. I am just going to use mine for pancakes and for topping ice cream.

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June 15, 2016

How do I fix runny strawberry freezer jam?

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February 28, 20170 found this helpful

Some say you can just redo it with the appropriate number and proportion of ingredients: http://www.kraf  elly-108040.aspx

"Remember do-overs when you were a kid? Sometimes they're necessary for freezer jams and jellies, too. Here are remake directions for SURE.JELL creations."

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March 1, 20170 found this helpful

Reheat it and add more pectin.

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September 6, 2004

My jam did not solidify. Can I re-cook and re-can? Help!

Erika

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September 7, 20040 found this helpful
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Hi Erika, yes, you can redo the jam. I'm assuming that you didn't use Sure-Jell (if you did, disregard this advice). Put the jam back into your pot and recook it.....bring to a full boil and continue to boil for the number of minutes given by the recipe. Stir constantly and vigorously. Be sure that the jam comes to a full boil before starting the timing. Can as usual. Also, you may not have added enough sugar to the juice. Be sure to use a reliable recipe. Another possibility is that your fruit was so ripe that it didn't contain enough natural pectin. If that's the case, then you will need to add Sure-Jell to the juice. This happened to me once with over-ripe blackberries. Making jellies and jams the old fashioned way (without SureJell) is an art; like me, you'll screw up alot of batches until getting it right. The good news is you can use the syrup for icecream or cakes. Hang in there! Joni

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December 8, 20090 found this helpful
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Cook the juice until it sheets off the spoon. Also you may need to add pectin again. I have had this happen a few times and I question the pectin quality. I always use Ball pectin as it has no preservatives.

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September 7, 20040 found this helpful

I had trouble with my current jelly...but followed the directions on the following link and it all turned out fine..good luck

http://www.ext.  foods/he172w.htm

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August 26, 20110 found this helpful

I put the sugar in before the pectin when making jam. Now it's too thin. Anyone know how to solve the thickening problem?

By D.R.

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August 26, 20110 found this helpful

What about using gelatin to thicken it?

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November 16, 20160 found this helpful

i made a batch of Christmas jam used liquid pectin it still is not setting up. should I recook it?

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September 10, 2010

I've made a batch of plum jam which is not very firm. Can I re-boil the jam until it becomes the right consistency or are there any other tips, please?

By Mai from Sheffield, England

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September 11, 20100 found this helpful

Runny jam is sometimes caused by the chemical make up of the fruit, or getting the pectin too hot. You may be able to "force" it to thicken by cooking it again and bring it to a good boil. When the sugar gets hot enough it will thicken when it cools. It is the same concept as when making candy. As the sugar gets hotter it eventually reaches the hard crack stage. You don't want it to reach the hard crack stage, but you can refer to a candy thermometer for the desired temperature. This has worked for me on occasion.

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