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Papaya Jam in jar with bread on the side.

Mai Tai Papaya Jam Recipe

Sweet papaya, mango and freshly squeezed lime combine in an easy-to-make delicious jam the whole family will enjoy!
Course Jams and Jellies
Cuisine Caribbean
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Sealing the jars 10 minutes
Servings 192 (6 pints)
Calories 24kcal
Author Deb Clark
Cost $12


  • 4 cups papaya fresh papaya, seeds discarded, scoop flesh or peel, and dice into small pieces.
  • 2 cups mango peeled and diced
  • 4 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 limes juiced
  • 1.7 oz. rum* often referred to as a "mini bottle" or "airplane bottle" it's a small sampler you can find at any liquor store.
  • 1 Sure-Jell Low Sugar Pectin Make sure it's the pink box.


  • Wash papaya. Srub the skin well and peel the papaya. Discard the seeds and dice.
  • Measure exactly four cups. Peel the mango, discard the seed - dice the flesh - measure two cups. Add the fruit to a large heavy bottom pan.
  • Juice both limes, add to the fruit.
  • Measure ¼ cup of white sugar and mix it with the contents of the Sure-Jell. Sprinkle it into the fruit, mix well again and set it on the stove on high and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  • When it comes to a hard rolling boil (a boil you can't stir down) add the remaining cups of sugar - both the white and brown. Continue stirring constantly and return it to a boil. Boil for exactly one minute. (Set a timer to make sure you get it for a full minute).
  • Remove from the stove and immediately stir in the rum. It will bubble and spit so be sure to wear a hot pad holder. Continue to stir it until the bubbles cease.
  • Immediately ladle into sterilized hot jars. Using a clean damp cloth, wipe the tops of the jars to remove any jam that may have gotten on the top of the lids. (This will keep the jars from sealing.)
  • Place lids on jars, followed by the rings, screw it on tightly. Process in a hot bath (boiling water) for 10 minutes to seal the jars.Makes 6 eight oz. jars.


* The rum is totally optional - if you're not a fan you can certainly leave it out. BUT! I encourage you to try it - after all that's why it's called Mai Tai Papaya Jam!
You'll need three to four large papaya for this recipe. 


Calories: 24kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 10mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 47IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg