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Friday, 20 May 2016

WIN a Ball FreshTECH Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker

We're just entering into the 'grow your own' season, and our rhubarb plants in the garden are flourishing and the apple tree is in full bloom. Up on the allotment we're growing raspberries and strawberries, and this year have introduced gooseberries, redcurrants and blackcurrants, so I'm hoping for a bumper fruit crop this year.

Unfortunately, once the fruit is picked, it doesn't have a very long shelf life, so much of ours goes into the freezer to use at a later date. I've recently been sent a Ball automatic jam & jelly maker so this year I intend to make some of the excess fruit into jams and jellies to keep us stocked up throughout the year. The advantage of making your own jam is that you know exactly what has gone into it. It might not be cheap to buy all the fruit, but if you grow your own it's a great way to use some up when you're inundated.

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The jam and jelly maker comes with an instruction booklet, as well as a recipe book to get you started. The maker does all the stirring and cooking, and all you have to do is weigh the ingredients, and you'll have fresh jam ready for preserving in under 30 minutes! I haven't yet tried my machine out as I'm still waiting for my rhubarb to grow a little more, but if you hop over & see Becca at Amuse your Bouche you will see how incredibly easy it is to make Kiwi & Lime Jam (you can also try and win a machine over there too!)


The guys at Ball have been very generous, and as well as letting me have a machine, they are giving one away to one of my lucky readers. To enter you just need to complete the Rafflecopter widget below.



Don't forget to come back here over the summer to see how I get on with my jam making. In the meantime you can check out some great jam recipes on my Pinterest board below:







190 comments:

  1. Rhubarb with a hint of ginger.....just made some with rhunarnb out my garden but life would be much easier with this fantastic prize!

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  2. I'm heavilly into Plum and chilli jam at the moment

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  3. Raspberry jam is my favourite...

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  4. Really into home made Lemon Curd at the moment - so much better than shop bought x

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  5. I love raspberries so has to be raspberry jam

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  6. Blackcurrent Jam its scrummy

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  7. Morello cherry is my favourite x

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  8. Blackberry! I remember making it with my parents when I was a kid and have loved it ever since.

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  9. Morello Cherry Jam, it is delicious and tastes fantastic in a sponge cake

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  10. Damson @millizilli

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  11. i really love damson jam x fab giveaway thankyou x

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  12. I absolutely love strawberry jam..it's sooo yummy!

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  13. i think blackcurrant is my favourite :)O

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  14. I love plain old strawberry

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  15. We love strawberry jam in our house. Closely followed by raspberry

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  16. BLACKCURRANT JAM IS LOVELY

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  17. Raspberry and peach that my mum makes - it's so good!

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  18. Has to be strawberry but would love to try new flavours :)

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  19. I grow all my own strawberries so love strawberry jam.

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  20. I love pineapple jam. I have never tried to make it though

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  21. I love bramble jam.

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  22. Black cherry jam! Yum Yum!!

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  23. My fsvourite jam is blackberry

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  24. Raspberry jam - but would love to try a rhubarb one

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  25. I have happy memories of helping my Dad raiding the trees in his local village of blackberries, and standing at the sink, just tall enough to see, whilst he slowly boiled down the soft fruit - we had pink fingers from all the berries we pinched and ate inbetween. Happy memories, and whenever I eat home made blackberry and apple jam I think of him and smile. I would love to get as good as him one day and carry on the tradition rather than buy from supermarkets

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  26. My favorite is blackberry jam Its great getting the Grandsons out picking the berries in September

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  27. I love raspberry jam the most, apricot is pretty good too

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  28. i just love blueberry jam yummy

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  29. My favourite Jam is Raspberry absolutely love it.

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  30. Homemade plum from the plum tree in our own garden.

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  31. My favourite is definitely strawberry jam :) Always

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  32. We grow a lot of fruit and I experiment. My favourite is jam made from 50% blackcurrant and 50% apple. It is beautiful in a Victoria sandwich cake.

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  33. i Love apricot jam - leanne w

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  34. Plain old strawberry jam for me. If I had this i'd try making strawberry and kiwi though, see how that works out.

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  35. I love my mums cherry jam on crusty bread, delicious. Or quince jelly

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  36. Homemade greengage jam, made with fruit from the garden

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  37. Apricot Jam is my favourite :o)

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  38. blueberry jam is my favourite

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  39. My favourite flavour jam is raspberry :-)

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  40. Raspberry jam is my favourite.

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  41. Lorraine Crawford21 May 2016 at 22:19

    Strawberry jam is my favourite!

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  42. love my mums blackberry and apple jam

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  43. My favourite flavour jam is strawberry

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  44. When I was 13, I went abroad for the very first time with my friend Becky and her family to France. I basically spent the entire two weeks living on a diet of freshly baked bread, French cured sausage and locally made apricot jam (but not together!). Since then, apricot jam has been my absolute favourite and always takes me back to that awesome holiday.

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  45. When I was 13, I went abroad for the very first time with my friend Becky and her family to France. I basically spent the entire two weeks living on a diet of freshly baked bread, French cured sausage and locally made apricot jam (but not together!). Since then, apricot jam has been my absolute favourite and always takes me back to that awesome holiday.

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  46. Thank you so much for this wonderful giveaway!! All your jams look so yummy!!! I would love to have the Ball jam maker as I have arthritis an it would help with making my jam so much easier as I love making jams and preserves!! Strawberry and rhubarb jam, blueberry jam, tomato jam, cherry jam, the list goes on as I love making all kinds. Love your blog as you have so many great recipes I love!! Take care. Hugs, Teresa

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  47. Calamondin Orange and Lime Jelly

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  48. I love seedless raspberry jam!

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  49. I guess it would have to be raspberry. Although, I have loved almost all jams I have tried.

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  50. I love strawberry jam.

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  51. I love Rhubarb and Raspberry Jam

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  52. Strawberry is my favourite flavour

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  53. I love bramble jelly spread on toast

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  54. I love strawberry and champagne

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  55. Rhubarb and Orange - YUMMMMMY :)

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  56. Dave R

    Raspberry

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  57. I love apricot jam on granary bread!

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  58. has to be good old strawberry jam - especially on toast or scones!

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  59. My favourite is apricot jam , always got some in :) .x

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  60. I do love a drop of Strawberry Jam..

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  61. Cherry Jam is to die for - though I can't have it too often as I eat it straight out of the jar!!!

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  62. Damson is a favourite and always plentiful in the summer

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  63. Strawberry jam is my favourite

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  64. Fig Jam is my absolute favourite - is lovely on toast.

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  65. My favourite jam flavour is raspberry...sorry have to sign in as anon as Google keeps wanting to sign into my partners account

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  66. Fantastic prize! my favourite jam is damson...yummy on fresh white bread x

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  67. My favourite jam is cherry

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  68. Black current jam for me, unless I have made a Victoria sponge then it has to be strawberry jam :)

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  69. Raspberry, strawberry, damson, blackberry .......I can't say I like one above the other so long as they are home made. I make them all. More raspberry than any other as that is what we grow a lot of :)

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  70. my favourite was my mums home made strawberry jam. We would spend hours picking them (and eating them) and then I would help her make it when I was about 12. Would love to have know what she added to make it taste like it did x

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  71. Home made Strawberry is the best :D

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  72. I love Rhubarb and Ginger jelly and Apricot and Almond jam :0)

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  73. My favourite jam is strawberry jam, fab giveaway

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  74. It's got to be strawberry jam

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  75. its strawberry jam for me mmmmmm

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  76. It has to be raspberry for me

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  77. rhubarb and apple, my mums is fantastic

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  78. Raspberry!! Seeded or unseeded I really don't care, just give me those sweet little berries and make my jam!! :D

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  79. Bramble Jelly for me xx

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  80. For me I love blackcherry jam but my son has just discovered jam and he loves Strawberry so I guess thats what I'd have to make first!

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  81. it's nice to try new flavours - but strawberry is, was and always will be the ultimate jam flavour.

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  82. I love home made Gooseberry jam!

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  83. love making summer fruits jam with strawberry's, raspberry's, blackberry, redcurrent and black current <3

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  84. strawberry jam is my favorite :)

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  85. mine has got to be strawberry jam :) mmmm

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  86. Blueberry jam is my favourite! Yum :)

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  87. Just now it's Apricot but I do chop and change,it may be raspberry,Strawberry,Blackcurrant and my mother-in -law always made a lovely Damson jam.I've always wanted to make my own but it seemed rather complicated.This looks absolutely fabulous,I'd be so excited if I actually won x

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  88. Raspberry jam

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  89. morello cherry jam and blackberry jelly.

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  90. Cherry is my favourite, although I actually prefer marmalade to jam!

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  91. My favourite, and I haven't had it in a long, long time, is plum jam! :)

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  92. Blackberry jam. We always pick locally to make some. Thank you x

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  93. Blackberry jam. We always pick locally to make some. Thank you x

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  94. In the UK it's Raspberry, but when I go to Germany, I love their mixed berry jam! I have looked high and low for it here, but can't find it anywhere!

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  95. Mixed Fruit Jam :)

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  96. I love making Strawberry Jam you can't beat it with some freshly made scones.

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