The Best Jam Cooking Pans and Pots

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When one finds the right pan, you commit!

And that is the inspiration for this post.  You don’t want to deal with the agony of going through multiple pots or pans.  Make the investment, get the one that works best, and stick with it.  Any master jam maker is likely to have one pan that they rely on and use consistently.

Additionally, the focus here will be on jam pans that stand out visually.  Because hey, if you’re going to buy a jam pan, why not let it stand out in your kitchen!

So what are the best jam cooking pots and pans?  Let’s find out…

1)
Mauviel M’Passion 11-Quart Copper Jam Pan with Bronze Handles:
Rating: 5/5
Capacity: 11 qt / 10.4 litres


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The Mauviel M’Passion is one of the marquee, gold class jam making pans on the planet.  Just look at how beautiful it is.  Imagine cooking in that!

These pans are made in France, and hammered by hand.  The copper allows for superior and even heat conduction.  The wide mouth will reduce the cooking time drastically compared to straighter-walled pots.  Plus, this makes it less likely that the sugar will caramelise or stick to the bottom.  The Jam Ram uses the larger version of this pan (shown below).

You can only use recipes that include sugar in this pan.  As explained in How to Make Jam Guide – Part 4: Cooking, you must combine the sugar and the fruit before adding to this pan, as the sugar neutralizes the copper.

Most often, this is the pan that is used by an expert.  And the jam ram concurs.  You just don’t know how good it is until you use it.

Really, this pan is a must have!

 

2)
Mauviel M’Passion 15-Quart Copper Jam Pan with Bronze Handles:
Rating: 5/5
Capacity: 15 qt / 14.2 litres

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This is the larger, 15 quart sister to the one mentioned above.  With over 35% more capacity, it means more jam and more fun!  The Jam Ram’s choice.

3)
Kilner Stainless Steel Jam Pan, 8.5-Quart:
Rating: 4.5/5
Capacity: 8.5 qt / 8 litres

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Boy, is this a great pan!  Kilner means quality and tradition. Well, it’s not copper.  And compared to the Mauviel, this will make smaller batches.

It is stainless steel, so it will not heat as quickly as copper, and since the mouth isn’t as wide compared to the base with respect to the other pans, it takes a bit longer to cook.  However on the plus side, it does have a handle and is easy to pour straight out of the pan.  All around, this is a very solid piece of equipment.  And especially good for the beginner, who wants to test out jam making in smaller batches, under more controlled cooking conditions.

This is The Jam Ram’s go to pan for making holiday gifts in smaller batches.  The handles and design make it very easy to pour straight into the jar.

4)
CucinaPro 9909 Stainless Steel Maslin Pan
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Rating: 4.5/5
Capacity: 9.5 qt / 9 litres

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There is not much to say about the Cucina Pro that hasn’t already been said about the Kilner.  Despite being a “lesser known” brand, this pan hits on all cylinders.  The only thing is, it doesn’t look like as impressive as the others.  If you’re on a budget and want a cheaper option, this is the one for you!

On the plus side, it has an even EASIER lip for pouring compared to the Kilner.  It also has a larger capacity, and is more price friendly!

So all-in-all, you can’t go wrong!

Others

If you live in the US, you have a lot of things going for you… EXCEPT for having a great breadth of jam pans to choose from.  There are some pans that are available overseas that you will really miss out on.  Most of them don’t even SHIP to the US!  But for the rest of the world, or travelers, or nomads, arrange to pick some of these up when you get an opportunity!

de Buyer Copper Jam Pan
Rating: 4.5/5!
Capacity: 8.5 qts. / 8 litres

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The Jam Ram has used this pan extensively, and borrows it from a friend quite a bit.  It is just fantastic!  The look, feel and weight is just incredible.  It is so sleek and elegant as well…almost like a masterpiece.

Yes, I know you want to hear about the performance.  Well, it performs identically to the the Mauviel except for its smaller capacity.   The Jam Ram may buy one in the future, but at the end of the day being able to make a few more jars in a larger pan comes in handy.

 

Le Creuset 3-ply Stainless Steel Preserving Pan
Rating: 4/5
Capacity: 8.5 qts / 8 litres

Le Creuset 3-ply preserving pan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“3-ply” means that the two layers (outer and inner), sandwich a piece of aluminum in between them.  The benefit is that the aluminum conducts heat quickly, while the stainless steel keeps the inside working solidly.  It’s also 8.5 quart capacity, so it is on the lower end of the capacity scale.  The major benefit here is you can cook things with alternative sweeteners, due to the absence of the copper.

But, it is Le Creuset, and you can never go wrong with that.

 

Conclusions

Well, that covers it.  There is not much more to say other than, buy a great one.  Buy an amazing one!  You will never regret it.

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