What you need to make jam or jelly

A Listmania! list by Ichiji "Ichiji" (Oakland, CA)
The list author says: "In our family, there is a compulsion to make jam each year, regardless of whether we have grown anything that needs preserving or not. In any case, jams make great gifts -- better to bring to a dinner party than a bottle of wine. You can get all the equipment you need on Amazon. As to the fruits, you are on your own. But if you live in the SF bay area, I do suggest Berkeley Bowl for that. I have not included a book here, because the best one (Ball Book of Home Preserving) seems to be out of print."
Back to Basics 286 5-Piece Home Canning Kit
1.  Back to Basics 286 5-Piece Home Canning Kit by Back to Basics
The list author says:
  "This kit includes the basics -- funnel, lid lifter, tongs, jar wrench.  The only concern is that plastic parts tend to melt in boiling water, so if you will be using these tools a lot, more durable items might be worthwhile.  However, this is an inexpensive kit for when you are starting."
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Norpro Stainless Steel Wide-Mouth Funnel
2.  Norpro Stainless Steel Wide-Mouth Funnel by Norpro
The list author says:
  "I recommend this funnel because it is metal and will withstand repeated boiling."
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Prime Pacific 18/10 Stainless Steel 20 Quart Stock Pot With Glass Lid
3.  Prime Pacific 18/10 Stainless Steel 20 Quart Stock Pot With Glass Lid by Concord
The list author says:
  "For boiling jars, I recommend a large, glass top stockpot like this one.  (I bought a different brand, but close enough.) You can also get a special pot for jams, but this will work as dual duty for soup."
$56.99   Used & New from: $48.44
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Ball Mason Jars Wide-Mouth Can or Freeze -  16 oz 12pk
4.  Ball Mason Jars Wide-Mouth Can or Freeze - 16 oz 12pk by Ball
The list author says:
  "The classic size of jam jar is one pint, though I have sometimes used the one cup size for relishes or gift packs.  Most jars come with the two-part lids, which you need for modern canning."
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Martha Stewart Crafts Tea Towels, Bon Appetite
5.  Martha Stewart Crafts Tea Towels, Bon Appetite by Martha Stewart Crafts
The list author says:
  "You will need tea towels on which to drain the boiled jars.  Any type will do, but they need to be washed in hot water to minimize contamination, so get some inexpensive white ones."
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1.75OZ Fruit Pectin
6.  1.75OZ Fruit Pectin by Jarden
The list author says:
  "Pectin is used to help jellies and jams set.  It's made from apples.  Alternatively you can use apples, plums or other high-pectin fruits in your jam."
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Norpro 615 Jelly Strainer Bags, 2 Piece Set
7.  Norpro 615 Jelly Strainer Bags, 2 Piece Set by Norpro
The list author says:
  "If you are making jelly, you will need a fine strainer.  You can choose a bag or a metal strainer.  Each of these can also be used to make yogurt cheese, which is very good with jam!"
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Norpro Canning Rack
8.  Norpro Canning Rack by Norpro
The list author says:
  "A canning rack is useful to keep your jars from hitting the bottom of the boiling pot, to avoid cracking.  But be sure the rack you choose fits your pot.  Alternatively you can use a vegetable steamer as a platform.  In my experience these racks don't work as well in practice as one might wish, because the jars tend to roll around during boiling."
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Ichiji "Ichiji" (Oakland, CA)
Qualifications: Amateur compulsive  jam maker
Last updated: 8/21/11
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