The other day I was chatting with a friend about my recent batch of jam and she asked me if I had ever made it in a bread machine. It turns out hers had a “jelly cycle” button. I was stunned, and a little curious. Could it really be done? In a way it makes total sense since a bread maker heats to a very high temperature and slow stirs the contents of the bucket. Naturally, I knew immediately that I had to try it. I will make jam any way possible and, since I had my mother’s bread maker on hand, complete with “jelly cycle” button, I knew trying this method couldn’t wait. Amazingly, after a little research and a new recipe, I was able to make it work! The jelly came out sweet and delicious and settled in at the perfect consistency. If your bread machine has a “jelly cycle” button I highly recommend you give this a try. You will love it!
Strawberry Jelly in a Bread Machine
adapted from Food.com
Makes about 2 cups
16 ounces frozen strawberries
1 ounce pectin
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons bottled lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon butter
Sprinkle the pectin onto the bottom of the bread pan in the bread machine. Then pour in the fruit, sugar, lemon juice, and butter. Close the lid and set the machine to “jelly” cycle. Once the process is complete ladle the hot jam into the jars and process for 10 minutes in a hot water bath.