Daniel and I chose to have jars of pomegranate jam as our wedding favors both because they’re delicious AND cheap! What was really awesome was that we could start making the jam as early as we wanted to since jam keeps for so long. My mother-in-law was sweet enough to share her recipe with me and helped me make all 200 jars! We would tackle a couple batches here and there, making not only jam but sweet memories that I will always cherish!
This yummy wedding favor is sure to impress your guests and definitely won’t go to waste! Or, if you’re not currently planning a wedding, these cute little jars are also perfect gifts for the upcoming holidays. Read on for the recipe as well as some cute packaging ideas!
Pomegranate Jam Recipe
- 4 cups pomegranate juice
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 package powdered pectin
- 5 cups white cane sugar
- Canning jars
- Prepare the canning jars. Seep the clean, empty canning jars and lids in boiling water for several minutes. Keep water hot, just below boiling.
- Combine pomegranate juice and lemon juice in a 6-quart pan. Add pectin, stir and place over high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Reach a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down and add sugar. Boil hard for exactly 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Let stand for a minute, and skim off foam.
- Remove jars, one at a time (keeping the others in hot water) with tongs. Fill jar to 1/2″ of the top using a funnel. Wipe rim clean. Screw on lid and place upside down for five minutes. Once placed right-side up, lid should eventually be sucked down and pop as the jam cools, indicating it has been correctly sealed.
- Finish canning. If any of your jars’ lids do not get sucked down, they will need to be refrigerated and consumed sooner.
Packaging Your Jam
- Brown paper
- Rubber band
- Optional: stamp and ink pad or pen
For our wedding, I purchased this roll of brown paper on Amazon, but it will probably last you a lifetime! Another option could be a brown paper grocery bag (yay saving money!) Cut out circles that extend about 2″ past the edge of your lids. Your circles definitely don’t have to be perfect so no need to spend too much time on cutting them out!
Next, place your paper over your canning jar and press the paper firmly over the sides. When you remove your paper, you will now have a guide for what is going to show on the top of your lid.
For our wedding favors, we used this cute, customizable stamp from Etsy. Etsy has a lot of other cute options as well. Or, if you plan to give out jars as holiday gifts, use a Christmas stamp or draw your own design! Bonus tip – a K-Cup was the perfect size to trace for my wreath!
Place your paper back on your jar and secure down with a rubber band. Tie a string around the lid above the rubber band. Remove rubber band, and you are finished! I tucked a stem of dried lavender into the twine on our wedding jam jars for a finishing touch.