Homemade Jam or Jelly Recipe Using Sure Jell Fruit Pectin

Homemade Jam or Jelly Recipe Using Sure Jell Fruit PectinWhen I was a little girl, I “helped” my grandmother make homemade jams and jellies.  As soon as we picked fresh fruit, I knew we would start making jam soon.  I always enjoyed working with my grandmother regardless of the job.  However, making homemade jam was one of my favorite chores because it yielded delicious jam for months to come.

After I married, I missed making jam and jelly with my grandmother each summer.  I also missed having wonderful jam stockpiled for the winter.  While we could always buy them at the grocery store, none of it tastes as good as homemade.

When a neighbor gifted me with a jar of her homemade jam, my heart yearned for my own again.  I started that very summer, 30 years ago, making homemade jam in my own kitchen.

Also, Homemade Jam makes a wonderful gift for friends & family!


Easy Homemade Jam Recipe

Homemade Jam RecipeThe key to making wonderful homemade jam or jelly is using Sure Jell Fruit Pectin.  Each packet added to 2 – 3 cups of finely chopped fruit fills 6 small jars.

I prefer the freezer recipe because I can store my homemade jam in the freezer until I am ready to serve it.  Back in the days of cooking with my grandmother, we used the cooked recipe that is included in each box of Sure Jell fruit pectin.  In my case, sadly, I don’t have a large pantry for storage of dozens of jars of preserves.  However, I do have a large freezer with plenty of room.


The Freezer Jam Recipe I Use

Recently, I made peach jam, therefore those are the pictures I will use in this article.  However, you can use peaches, strawberries, apricots, blueberries, cherries, grapes, pears, plums, or raspberries.  The amount of fruit and sugar does vary for each fruit.  Check the list below for quantities needed for anything other than peaches.


Jam Time

Prep Time Cook Time Ready In Yields
45 min. Pectin/Water:  1 min boil
27 hours
6 – 8 oz jars

 Sure-Jell Premium Fruit Pectin, 1.75 Ounce Box (Pack of 4)Check Price

Ingredients for Peach Jam Recipe

  • 2¼ Cups Chopped Peaches
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 5 Cups of Sugar
  • 1 Box Sure Jell Fruit Pectin
  • ¾ Cup Water
  • Freezer Canning Jars ( 6 – 8oz. freezer-safe canning jars)


Peach Jam Preparation

  1. Rinse clean freezer canning jars with boiling water
  2. Finely chop 6-8 peaches (depends of size of peaches.  You need 2¼ cups chopped peaches) – If you use a potato masher, or food processor set pulse to chop, not puree
  3. Stir Lemon Juice into Fruit
  4. Stir Sugar into prepared Fruit
  5. Let stand for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally
  6. After the 10 min., mix ¾ cup water & Sure Jell in a sauce pan
  7. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly
  8. Immediately stir Sure Jell mixture into prepared fruit mixture.  Stir constantly for 3 minutes
  9. Fill jars quickly to ½” of top
  10. Wipe off top edges of containers and cover with lids
  11. Let stand at room temperature for 24 hrs.
  12. Freeze for up to 1 year & thaw in refrigerator
  13. Refrigerate for 3 weeks  (it is not necessary to freeze it first.  I usually put one jar in my refrigerator for immediate use and store the rest in the freezer.)


Note:  I noticed that the new recipes inside the box are slightly different from the original recipe I use.  It calls for more fruit and less sugar.   For peaches, they list 3 cups of chopped peaches to 4½ cups sugar.  Sounds like a great change to me even though I haven’t tried it yet.


Other Fruit & Sugar Options for Jam Recipes

Apricot – 2½ cups chopped apricots & 5½ cups sugar

Blackberry – 3 cups crushed blackberries & 5¼ cups sugar

Blueberry – 3 cups chopped blueberries & 5¼ cups sugar

Cherry – 2 cups finely chopped cherries & 4 cups sugar

Mango – 3 cups mashed mango & 5 cups sugar

Red Raspberry – 3 cups crushed raspberries & 5¼ cups sugar

Strawberry – 2 cups crushed strawberries & 4 cups sugar


Jelly Recipes

Apple – 3 cups apple juice & 5 cups sugar

Grape – 3 cups grape juice & 5¼ cups sugar


Recommended Jam Freezer Jars

I prefer the Ball brand of jelly jars.  That choice may have more to do with longevity of experience.  It is the only freezer jar I have ever used.  However, I can tell you that I have never had any problems with the Ball jars and I love the quilted appearance of the jars.

 Ball Mason 8oz Quilted Jelly Jars with Lids and Bands, Set of 12Check Price

Homemade Jam Recipe





Originally posted 2018-06-13 16:52:56.



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  1. This is a lovely quick recipe, thank you for sharing it with us.

  2. Janet Fish says:

    Can you use a sweeter instead of sugar?

  3. Fran says:

    I made the strawberry freezer jam with Sure-Jell pectin. I’ve let the filled jars sit out 24 hours sit on the counter per directions. During that time , most of the berries floated to the top and more jam at the bottom. Did I do something wrong?

  4. Arbutis Morrison says:

    Thank you for sharing your recipe. I have more shelf space and can’t seem to find a recipe to make my own creative flavors for the pantry. How do I use this recipe and be able to keep in in the pantry instead of refrigerator?

  5. Laraine Bochy says:

    Elderberry jelly recipe?

  6. hannah says:

    Can i make rhubarb Jam with the sure jell? how do i figure out the fruit to sugar ratio?

  7. Bonny says:

    I have fresh grape juice concord from a local winery. Can I use it ? How much juice & sugar for one pack of sure-jel??

  8. Gary Crawford says:

    I’d like to make an orange-pineapple jelly using the combined juice of both. Will Sure Jell work and how much juice and sugar ?

    • Cynthia says:

      You have presented me with a real challenge here Gary. I have not made that combination myself. My best guess would be to try 3 cups of juice (like the apple or the grape above) and 5 cups of sugar, but that really is just a guess and where I would start. I suspect you would need to make this jelly a few times to get it perfected. Please come back and tell us all what you do when you find a recipe that works! Good luck and happy cooking!

  9. rebecca hogg says:

    For freezer Strawberry Jam-
    must the lemon Juice be fresh, or can it be bottled?
    can you use larger than 8 oz. jars

  10. Laurie Ross says:

    This will be my first time making peach jam & the answer is probably obvious but do you peel the peaches first?

  11. Donna Nichols says:

    Can I use frozen mixed fruit for jam or jelly.
    I have peaches, grapes, blueberries, strawberries, pineapple all frozen and mixed together . So would it be ok to make jam or jelly with it

  12. Lind Heckman says:

    Thank you, my boxes didn’t come with the recipe inside so I appreciate your posting this recipe.
    In another’s comment, I have had the fruit and jelly separate so everytime I make it now as its cooling in the jars for the first couple hours I turn them upside down every 15 mins or so and that has solved the problem.
    Hope that’s ok to do but I’ve been doing it that way for years.

  13. Carolyn Space says:

    I miss the directions in the box of Sure Jel. Am I the only 1? Not sure I will keep on buying Sure Jel without directions. What do you expect people to do without computers? I have a computer, but every time I went to check it I had to research it. What a pain.

    • Cynthia says:

      While I think it is rare, you are not the only person who has purchased a box of Sure Jel that was missing the directions that are supposed to be in every box! I hope you found the answers you needed in this article.

  14. Betty Holden says:

    I just bought 4 boxes of sure jel, yellow, at Walmart and none had instructions in it. Not happy about that.
    Thank God I have made enough that I had the right amounts.
    Betty Holden

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