Strawberry Jam and Pepper Jelly

 Strawberry Jam Pepper Jelly with FreshTech
I'm one of those cooks that has to multitask while I'm in the kitchen. Whether it's grating cheese while the meat is cooking or measuring ingredients while water is boiling. I'm never happy just doing one thing when it comes to food preparation. So I was really excited when I was contacted about the FreshTECH Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker, "automatic" being a key word.

This jam and jelly maker allows the busy cook, like you and me, the ability to multitask while it consistently stirs the jam with a few presses of a button. I also loved the nonstick interior which made it very easy to clean. It was honestly one of the nicest appliances I have used in the kitchen and required only a leisurely effort on my part to make it all happen.

While the jam and jelly was cooking I had the time to clean up the kitchen, I loved that! When done, it was just a matter of filling the jars. From there you can go on to preserving them if that is what you want to do. These jams and jellies will not last long in my house so into the refrigerator they went.

FreshTech Jam Maker
A nice little cookbook was provided and you can choose either jam or jelly on the keypad which sets the timer. Recipes are also written for regular and reduced sugar choices. 

If you are a jam maker this is a nice way to free up your hands with FreshTECH's SmartStir technology that constantly and consistently stirs the jam. This eliminates any guesswork as to whether your jam is finished. This also means you do not have to turn on the stove, a plus during the summer months.

Strawberry Jam with FreshTech
For the strawberry jam I chopped up my strawberries and mashed them slightly with a potato masher.

Strawberry Jam Pepper Jelly step by step
I added pectin to the bottom of the jam maker with my mashed strawberries on top. A 1/2 teaspoon of butter is added to reduce foaming. Sugar is added before the lid is placed on and twenty minutes later the jam is ready for the jars. It was that easy! No standing at the stove and stirring and sweating over a hot pan was necessary.

Strawberry Jam with FreshTech by Ball
My boys have been smothering this over their breakfast toast. I really don't mind it since it's so easy to make another batch.

 Strawberry Jam with FreshTech  green peppers
I was so excited to make a batch of pepper jelly in the FreshTECH as well. It is the best little appetizer to have on hand when someone stops by. 

It was just a matter of chopping up my green peppers and jalapenos and placing them in the FreshTECH with cider vinegar, sugar, pectin and BAM the pepper jelly is ready in less than 25 minutes. SO great!

Pepper Jam with FreshTech
Served on a rice cracker with some cheese it is an irresistible little bite. You can't eat just one or four...very addictive flavor if you ask me.

Print Recipe

Strawberry Jam & Pepper Jelly

Recipe from: The FreshTech Recipe Book | Serves: About 4 cups unless making reduced sugar which will be a little less


Strawberry Jam

  • 2-2/3 cups crushed strawberries
  • 3 Tablespoons Ball RealFruit Classic Pectin
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter
  • 3-1/3 cups granulated sugar (2 cups for reduced sugar recipe but more strawberries will be needed)

For the Pepper Jelly:

  • 2-1/3 cups finely chopped, seeded green bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped seeded and deveined jalapeno
  • 2/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons Ball RealFruit Classic Pectin
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar (a reduced sugar amount)


  • For the strawberry jam: Mash strawberries. Add pectin to machine, Add strawberries. Add butter. Press jam button and press enter. Appliance will begin stirring and in 4 minutes it will beep indicating it is time to add the sugar and place lid on the pot. At this point you'll have about 15 minutes before it's done and ready to put in the jars. Skim any foam if necessary (I didn't have any) and place in jars and preserve how you would like.
  • For the pepper jelly: Add pectin to machine. Add pepper, jalapeno, vinegar and butter. Press jelly button (which defaults to 25 minutes) and press the (-) minus button until time reads 21 minutes. Press enter. In 4 minutes machine will beep indicating it's time to add the sugar and cover with the lid. When jelly is done place in jars and preserve to your liking.
Strawberry Jam Pepper Jelly with FreshTech aerial view
Who wouldn't love all of these in their fridge or pantry to get you through the winter months? Watch this video to see it in action.

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Disclosure: The FreshTECH Jam and Jelly Maker was provided to me to test in my kitchen. All opinions about this wonderful product are my own as I really did enjoy working with it. I look forward to creating many versions of jams and jellies in my home kitchen.

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17 Comments and 11 Replies

  1. Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon 1

    Pepper Jelly is one of my favorites- I need to try this! So intriguing:) have a fabulous weekend!

  2. What a cool invention! I love making my own jams, but haven’t made pepper jelly yet though I love it. I’ll have to try your recipe!

    • Cathy 4

      Pepper jam is the best and this recipe is specific for the FreshTECH it might be different making it any other way.

  3. This looks like a wonderful recipt – would love to try it. Thanks for posting!

  4. Sharon Axline 7

    I’m looking at both of those and I’m thinking strawberry pepper jelly!

  5. Very cool little machine! And I must say, you did some pretty good things with it =)

  6. Tieghan 11

    What a cool machine, but what and even better Jam! It sounds incredible!!

  7. now how neat is that! I love strawberry jelly! I need one of those FreshTECHs!

  8. Cathy 15

    Those look wonderful! My bread maker has a jam/jelly option that I have never tried. May just have to whip up some strawberry jam this weekend!

  9. pam 17

    What a great product!

  10. !! I would love a freshtech! I always focus intensely when making jam because I’m terrified of messing up.

  11. what a great kitchen appliance!!! Making jam is on my list of things I want to do this summer. I Love Pepper Jelly!

  12. I’ve never even heard of this machine, but now, I need! And this jam sounds incredible!!!

  13. I have never made jelly before but I am in LOVE with pepper jelly. A little bit on top of wheat thins with cream cheese. Oh my so good. I might have to get me one of these :)

  14. These looks really delicious. We love jam and jelly all the time.

  15. arrrrrgh! your post made me do it and that’s what i’m telling the hubby when the jelly maker shows up lol

  16. Shirley Dehmer 26

    Do I have to put the bell peppers in the pepper jelly? I want some Jalapeno jelly that is clear green and can be mixed with Philly cream cheese to be used as a sweet dip or spread with a bite. I purchase Smucker’s Hot pepper Jelly for that, but would love to make my own. I guess I should make up my own recipe, right?-

  17. Pamela 28

    Can you make freezer jam with the FreshTech? I’m looking at them on amazon but would like to make freezer jam instead of hot processing. Thanks.


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