Re-Canning Jam

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My family doesnt use much jam, and low-sugar jams dont keep long in the fridge - they are prone to mold. I found quarter-pint Ball jars and plan to get some for jam so we dont waste as much.

Can I re-can store-bought jam? I get types with no extra ingredients that would affect acidity.

I dont mind freezing, just prefer shelf stable product if possible.
 

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My family doesnt use much jam, and low-sugar jams dont keep long in the fridge - they are prone to mold. I found quarter-pint Ball jars and plan to get some for jam so we dont waste as much.

Can I re-can store-bought jam? I get types with no extra ingredients that would affect acidity.

I dont mind freezing, just prefer shelf stable product if possible.

i think if you are clean with your utensils and containers that you could repack them into the smaller containers and put the ones of those that you aren't eating right away in the fridge until they get used. so keep the one you are eating out of in your normal spot for the jam and put the other few in the back.

we keep opened jars of some jams in the fridge for months before we might finish them without them spoiling.

note that my comments are aimed at commercial jams that are usually high acid enough that they'll be stable in the fridge for a long time. low acid or low sugar items i don't have any comment about...
 

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note that my comments are aimed at commercial jams that are usually high acid enough that they'll be stable in the fridge for a long time. low acid or low sugar items i don't have any comment about...
They are low acid. One type doesnt have pectin either, it would probably heat and reprocess well. I believe pectin jams would need more pectin added?

I will get jars tomorrow if they're still in stock and then see how lazy I feel :gig
 

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From what I've read online it seems that jam can be reprocessed safely. I have pH test strips to verify acidity and low-sugar pectin if needed. I think its safe, but IDK that I have time/energy for it.
 

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for something low damand that you don't eat much of i'd probably find other things to replace instead. fresh fruits mashed up and a little bit of sugar or artificial sweetener or ...
You could make into a thicker syrup!

Berries in a couple months will be abundant, rhubarb maybe even sooner, hopefully you wouldn't need to buy anything for too long.

Otherwise, if you want a road trip we could meet up and I can share some homemade jams and jellies, canned in 1/2 pints :weee
 

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You could make into a thicker syrup!

Berries in a couple months will be abundant, rhubarb maybe even sooner, hopefully you wouldn't need to buy anything for too long.

Otherwise, if you want a road trip we could meet up and I can share some homemade jams and jellies, canned in 1/2 pints :weee
I bought too much jam this fall. :gig Maybe letting it go to waste isn't so bad? I can feed it to the orioles soon? But we need to meet in person. Maybe next month when I have lambs? There's like 3 days that are best to visit - when the ewes are in lambing pens and the lambs aren't quite fast enough to run away. It will be in the next 2 - 3 weeks.
 

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I bought too much jam this fall. :gig Maybe letting it go to waste isn't so bad? I can feed it to the orioles soon? But we need to meet in person. Maybe next month when I have lambs? There's like 3 days that are best to visit - when the ewes are in lambing pens and the lambs aren't quite fast enough to run away. It will be in the next 2 - 3 weeks.

feeding to the Orioles is a great idea! i already fed a lot of some 11yr old jam to the worm farm and have a jar and a half left that is still good enough to eat. i should have thought of the birdies, but we normally don't feed them here anyways (we want to encourage them to forage to eat the weed seeds and bugs).
 
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