Product Reviews

Kmart Presents the Ball Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker Review

If I promised you that you could make delicious homemade jams and jellies in less than 30 minutes would you believe me? It’s true…..with the Ball® Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker you can make your own fresh jam in less time than it would take to drive to the store and buy it!

My father has been making his own homemade jams for years and I wanted to be able to pass on the tradition to my own children so I recently took a canning course at our local community center. I was eager to get started on my first solo canning project and making jam for my family was at the top of my “to do” list.

Recently, I learned that Kmart has a large variety of canning products available for home canning projects. I was very excited to discover that Ball® has an Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker and couldn’t wait to try it out.

The Ball® Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker (SRP $99.99) was very easy to set up and using it was just as easy by following the instructions manual. It uses SmartStir™ Technology which makes jam and jelly making easier than ever because it automatically stirs the ingredients while it cooks! All I needed to do was add the crushed fruit and pectin along with a dab of butter and then the sugar when the machine beeps at 4 minutes. I then waited approximately 21 minutes while the machine worked its magic and after a beep indicating that the jam is done cooking it was ready to eat…… really is that easy!

I like to provide my family with fresh, whole foods and many of the jams at the store are full of additives, preservatives and extra sugar. By making my own jams, I am able to control the ingredients and reduce the amount of sugar in each batch. Included with the Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker is a free “Sweet and Simple” recipe book that had excellent helpful jam and jelly making tips and recipes.

My family really enjoyed eating my first batch of berry jam and I was so proud of myself for my successful first efforts (okay I will admit that it was really 95% thanks to Ball®). Even though it wasn’t quite thick enough, I quickly realized that it was my own measurements that were a bit off and with this simple correction my next batch turned out to be the perfect consistency.

You are invited to visit the canning section at your local Kmart or visit Kmart online in order to purchase the Ball® Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker as well as many other canning essentials such as 1.5 pint jars, Citric Acid, Pectin and more. Thanks to these supplies and my canning course, I now have the confidence to move forward and attempt to can the bounty we are reaping from our organic garden!

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.


Maureen is a SAHM who left the Corporate healthcare field to home educate her 6, 7 and 8 year old children. She is a voracious reader for both herself & her kids and also enjoys a natural and organic lifestyle. She lives in Orlando, Fl with her husband Mark, three children and 5 year old boxer, Jack.

more by Maureen »