If you have a bread machine with a jam function, then you can try to make jam by following the instructions and recipes contained in the bread machine’s recipe book or product manual.
You can search for bread maker jam recipes shared by other people on forums or blogs. You follow the recipe, put the ingredients in the baking pan, select the jam cycle and then leave the machine for a little more than an hour to cook the jam.
We have selected bread makers with jam settings for our review. We discuss the features, costs and benefits of each bread machine. We also take a quick look at how the jam function of each bread machine works.
Zojirushi BB-HAC10 with Jam Cycle
The Zojirushi BB-HAC10 is a small bread maker that measures 11 x 8 x 12 inches and weighs about 13 pounds. It is smaller than other bread machines and it only bakes a 1-pound bread loaf size. This makes it well suited for a single person or a small family. The compact design means it needs less counter space.
The menu settings: Basic (regular, firm), Soft, French, Dough, Cookie/Pasta Dough, Cake, Jam and Quick bread. It has a 13-hour delay timer for planning your baking to fit in with your meal times. It has a small viewing window in the lid so you can keep an eye on the mixing, kneading, rising and baking.
It costs almost $200, which might be too much for such a small machine (find the best price at Amazon.com). It also has no option for creating and saving custom baking programs like the bigger Zojirushi bread machines.
- It has a viewing window in the lid.
- It needs less space than other bread machines.
- The price is high, but so is the quality and reliability of the machine.
- Cook jam by using a recipe, ingredients and the bread machine’s jam cycle.
You start with the jam recipe ingredients. For example: take one and a half cups of crushed strawberries, 2/3 cup of sugar and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Put it into the baking pan and insert the pan into the bread machine. Press the jam setting button and press start/reset. The display will show “1:20” which is the time left until the jam program is finished making the jam.
The BB-HAC10 bread machine beeps when it has completed its program (display shows “COMPLETE”). Press start/reset and remove the pan of jam from the baking chamber. Get the jam out of the pan with a rubber spatula that won’t scratch the nonstick coating.
The jam might be a little soft for some tastes. You can add up to 1 oz. of fruit pectin to make it thicker. Remember that bread machine jam recipes do not contain preservatives. This means that it might not last for more than one week in the refrigerator.
—> For more information on this 1-pound loaf bread machine from Zojirushi, go and read our review of the BB-HAC10 bread machine.
Conair Cuisinart CBK-100 with Jam Function
The Conair Cuisinart CBK-100 mixes, kneads, rises and bakes a 1-pound, 1.5-pound or 2-pound bread loaf according to its menu programs. It has the standard light, medium or dark crust color selection button.
The jam menu option is programmed for making jam. The kneading paddle stirs the jam ingredients while the heating element cooks the mixture. It has the usual 13-hour delay timer and a power-failure backup.
- Its audible beeping signals can be loud and annoying.
- It has a list price of almost $100 (see current offers at Amazon.com).
- It has a jam setting.
- It has a baking cycle for gluten free bread.
It works like all the other bread machine jam settings. You add the ingredients and select the jam function. The kneading paddle constantly stirs the ingredients while it is cooked. The heating element will not burn the jam.
—> You can learn more about the Cuisinart CBK-100 bread machine by reading its review. We discuss its main features as well as its advantages and disadvantages.
Oster CKSTBRTW20 with Jam Setting
The Oster CKSTBRTW20 can bake a 1-pound, 1.5-pound or 2-pound bread loaf. You select the size you want with the loaf size button. It has 12 menu options for baking different types of bread such as Basic, French, Whole Wheat, Sweet and Quick. It has a dough and bagel dough setting for kneading dough. There is the jam cycle for cooking jam and marmalade. The last option is the bake function for baking only.
You can choose a light, medium or dark crust color. Use the 13-hour delay timer for delaying the start of a selected baking cycle. This Oster bread maker measures 13.8 x 13 x 14.1 inches.
- Less than $100 (view its price at Amazon.com).
- It does not have a gluten free menu setting.
- This is a bread machine with a jam cycle.
- It is an affordable bread machine that is very popular.
The Oster CKSTBRTW20 manual has recipes for making strawberry jam, orange marmalade and frozen berry jam. You follow the jam recipe and add the ingredients into the pan. Select the jam setting and press the start/stop button. The ingredients are mixed for about 15 minutes. It is then baked for 50 minutes. It takes just over an hour to make jam in the Oster CKSTBRTW20 Expressbake.
—> Want to know more about it? Read our review of the Oster CKSTBRTW20 2-pound loaf bread machine.
Keep in mind that buying a bread machine just for making jam is not economical. Consider other key features you also desire before deciding which bread machine might fit your budget and satisfy your specific needs. Then you can make your favorite bread loaf as well as your own delicious jam to spread on it.
If you want a space-saving bread machine with a jam function and are willing to pay more for it, then the the Zojirushi BB-HAC10 might work for you. This is the best bread machine for a single person who only needs and eats small bread loaves and small amounts of jam.
If you want a bread machine with a jam setting for less than $100, then consider buying either the Cuisinart CBK-100 or the Oster CKSTBRTW20.
The Oster CKSTBRTW20 has the lowest price and is a very popular bread machine, but it does not have a gluten free menu option.
Go with the Cuisinart CBK-100 if you regularly bake and eat gluten free bread loaves.
Thank you for reading our review of bread machines with jam cycles.