In the Bay Islands, we’ll make jams and jellies from just about every tropical fruit found here. Since strawberries and grapes do not grow in the islands, mangoes, guavas, and pineapples are the fruit we use for jam making. And in this post, I’ll show you how to make — pineapple jam!
I had not made pineapple jam before making the batch of Pineapple Surprise Cookies for this blog, but I have since become a fan! Everybody in my family loves mango jam, but after trying this pineapple jam, my husband said that he thinks he likes it better. And that is saying a lot because all islanders know that the mango is “king” when it comes to jam!
After making it, I’ve found that pineapple jam is good for a lot more than just pineapple surprise cookies. You can use it just like any other jam by spreading it on freshly baked Coconut Bread, Flitters, or Johnny Cakes.
Pineapple jam is a good substitute for mango jam because pineapples are available year-round. We usually run out of mango jam by mid-year and have to wait until the next mango season for another fresh batch of mango jam. Now we can have pineapple jam in the interim and not to mention that it is a whole lot quicker to make than mango jam!
Steps in Making Pineapple Jam
The recipe for making Pineapple Jam is very easy. If you have a pineapple, you can make this in less time than going to buy a jar. To begin, simply take a pineapple, cut into pieces, and put it in a blender or food processor. Then, put the crushed pineapple on the stove along with two cups of water and up to two cups of sugar. How much sugar used will depend on how sweet you’d like it. Let the pineapple cook for approximately 30 minutes to 45 minutes over medium-high heat. When ready, the pineapple will have a thick consistency!
And that is all there is to making Pineapple Jam or “stewed pineapple” as it is often called here in the Bay Islands. Now, grab the recipe for Pineapple Surprise Cookies and whip up a batch for your next family gathering or event!
Quick and easy homemade Pineapple Jam!
- 1 Pineapple Whole
- 2 Cups Water
- 1.5-2 Cups Sugar
Crush pineapple in a food processor or blender.
Add water and sugar.
Cook over medium-high heat until all the water has evaporated and pineapple is of a thick consistency.