how to make pineapple jam

How to Make Easy Pineapple Jam at Home

Pineapple doesn’t grow here in Ohio, so I LOVE it when I can find it on sale for .99 during the summer months!  When you see fresh pineapple on sale in your area, grab an armload and let me show you How to Make Easy Pineapple Jam at Home!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 quart finely chopped pineapple (chopped, cored and peeled)
  • 2 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 lemon, thinly sliced and seeded
  • 1 box pectin
  • Several clean, sterilized jars, lids and rings (Get these ready before you start)
  • Water bath canner


washing pineapples in sink

Give all produce a good washing before use, you never know what’s on them.  Aren’t these gorgeous??

fresh cut pineapple

Steps How to Make Fresh Pineapple Jam

Set up your work area with a cutting board, good sharp knives and a compost bowl. 

Get to work cutting those pineapple up! 

I like to cut off the tops and the bottoms, then stand the pineapple up and slice straight down to peel.  Be careful not to cut yourself!

peeling pineapple
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For jam, you’ll need to finely chop your pineapple.  You might want to give the fruit a whirl or two in the blender for less texture, but I enjoy the chunks in my jam.

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chopping pineapple on cutting board

cooking pineapple in pot

Place pineapple, sugar and water in sauce pot and slowly bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

How to Can Pineapple

heating canning lids on stove

Assemble your clean and sterile jars, this recipe makes about 3 – 1/2 pint jars.  Keep your lids in a pan of hot water on low heat, but don’t boil.

Once the fruit, sugar and water have come to a full-rolling boil, that doesn’t stop when stir, put the pectin into the mixture.  Let it return to a boil.

Let this mixture come to a boil, lower heat to medium-high and boil for exactly one minute.  Remove from stove.

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jars of pineapple jam

Ladle the jam into your hot jars, leaving 1/4″ of head space.  Wipe the mouth of the jars with a clean, wet cloth and add the hot lids.  Then screw on the rings and you’re ready for the canner.

To Preserve Easy Pineapple Jam

jars of pineapple jam in hot water bath canner

Using a water bath canner, load the jars and bring water to a gentle boil, cook for 15 minutes for pints and 1/2 pints.  Water in canner should be 1-2 inches over the top of lids.

When time is up, remove and allow to cool with space between jars.  You’ll hear the lids “ping” to indicate that they have sealed.

Enjoy this easy pineapple jam recipe with your family, and maybe make a few extra jars of pineapple jam for gifts around the holidays!

Recipe from the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving with minor modifications.

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