April: Canning Challenge – Pineapple Jam Recipe + Can It Yourself with the Fagor Duo Pressure Canning Kit
I've never canned anything in my life before. My grandmother used to can strawberry jam every year, and sometimes she'd let me help when I was a kid, but doing it myself? Yeah, right. Our Blogger Recipe Challenge group was generously sponsored by Fagor for two of our recipes this month. We were each provided with a Duo 9-Piece Pressure Canning Kit. Have to admit, I took one look at the box and packed it away until last minute because I was pretty intimidated. I've always wanted a pressure cooker because they can save BIG time when cooking (and you can practically cook everything in it), but for canning purposes? Save me!
I decided to go for something relatively simple for my first try. So, here's a Pineapple Jam Recipe - originally found on Canning Confessions. (Only 4 ingredients!)
- 4 Cups - Freshly Chopped Pineapple
- 2.5 Cups - Granulated Sugar
- 1 - Lemon (Seeded & Thinly Sliced w/ Peel)
- 1 Cup - Water
- (1/2 Package of Pectin - OPTIONAL)
- Sterilize your jars and lids. (You can do the stove top method or possibly the dishwasher method.)
- Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan over medium heat.
- Stirring continuously, melt sugar, and bring to a boil until mixture has thickened and reached the gel stage. (This is where I was a little unsure of what it was supposed to look like, and to avoid having a runnier jam I might suggest using a little pectin to make sure it gels properly.)
- If mixture is a little chunky, you can take an immersion blender to it to smooth it out a little.
- Ladle mixture into jars leaving 1/4 inch head space.
- Using the Fagor Pressure Cooker/Canner, place jars into 2-3 inches of hot water, close lid and lock.
- Over high heat on the stove pressurize the cooker. Cooker should also be on HIGH.
- Once cooker is pressurized bring stove heat down to medium and pressure cook jars for 10 minutes. Lids should either pop inside of the cooker or once set out to cool.
- Naturally release pressure by turning dial to "off". Once pressure is released, remove jars to cool and set for 12 hours.
I am SO glad I got used to using the Fagor Duo Pressure Canning Kit. It was AWESOME and really super easy. (I think canning in general is kind of a pain, but if you're going to do it, you might as well do it with some pretty great equipment.) It came with just about everything you'd ever need too.
- Includes: Duo 10 quart 18/10 Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker/Canner. Can be used for both pressure cooking & pressure canning.
- Home Canning Cookbook with recipes
- Canning Rack
- Stainless Steel Funnel
- Stainless Steel Ladle
- Jar Lifter
- Jar Wrench
- Bubble Freer
- Magnetic Lid Lifter
- Works on all domestic cooking surfaces: gas, electric, ceramic & induction
- Instructional DVD
- User’s Manual
- Pressure Cooking Booklet with Recipes
There are so many great features about this pressure cooker/canner that make using it super simple. There is a 3-way locking mechanism that prevents unlocking the canner if there is ANY pressure in it. This is just fantastic because I'm a klutz and impatient. Talk about a bad combination. This safety feature definitely saved my fingers from getting burned off. The pressure indicator is also nice to have. It's small. but designed in a very obvious yellow color. When it pops up, that means there's pressure in the pot. When it's down, that means it's safe to open. See? Easy peasy.
Absolutely love all of the lifters that came with the kit, and having a nice stainless steel ladle and funnel is great. I didn't have either of those on hand so it was a great addition to the kit. Plus, I can use them for other things around the kitchen.
My favorite addition though to everything is the cook book that is included. There are recipes for EVERYTHING. From meat and jams to salsas, and cheesecake. Yumm! I can't wait to try out more of these recipes. I have a few of my own ideas swimming around in my noggin that are just dying to be tried. This has quickly become one of my favorite pieces of kitchen equipment, and all fears and apprehensions are gone. Bring on the Fagor Duo Pressure Canning Set!
Make sure you check out the other recipes from this month's challenge. Many were created to use with the Fagor Canning Set!
*I received the above mentioned product free of charge from Fagor in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% mine. See Disclosure Policy.