Saturday, November 29, 2014

Christmas Jam


Perfectly fruity and spicy, Christmas Jam is great for holiday gift giving. It's a simple and delicious treat, great served over cream cheese on crackers, or spread on toast, English muffins or scones.

Sweet strawberries, cranberries, sugar and holiday spices join together to make this a delicious jam. It's unique and flavorful and one of the most popular jams I make at the holidays.

4 cups sliced strawberries (I used fresh strawberries I previously froze)
2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
1 tsp. butter (to prevent foaming)
1 tbls. lemon juice
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1 box Sure Jell (powdered pectin)
8 cups sugar

Turn stove-top on to high heat. Place a large stock pot on burner and add butter, strawberries, cranberries, all spices and Sure Jell.

Bring mixture to a boil, stirring to prevent sticking.

Add sugar all at once and return to a rolling boil (one that doesn't stop while stirring), stirring constantly. Boil hard 1 minute.

Remove stock pot from heat and ladle jam into canning jars. Cover jars with lids and bands and tighten just until finger tight.

Process jars 10 minutes in a boiling water bath. Let sit on your kitchen counter-top undisturbed for 24 hours.  Store in pantry.

Yield:  10 - 8 oz. jelly jars

My friend at Brynwood Needlworks wrote a nice post about this jam. Be sure to check it out here


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