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

Place a large stock pot on a burner and add the butter, strawberries, cranberries, all spices and Sure Jell. 

Bring mixture to a boil over high heat, 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 lightly mash berries if you want the jam less chunky. Ladle jam into canning jars leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Cover jars with lids and bands and tighten just until finger tight.

Process jars 10 minutes in a boiling water bath or steam canner. Let sit on your kitchen counter-top undisturbed for 24 hours. Store in pantry up to one year. Open jars must be refrigerated.

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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  1. OMG, 7 cups of sugar that's crazy unhealthy in my humble opinion.

    1. In jam making it’s the sugar which preserves the jam so it lasts longer without going mouldy.

    2. It’s jam and that’s very normal. If you prefer a low sugar fruit spread you’ll have to modify the recipe and use a low-sugar pectin.

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  4. I'm looking forward to trying this!!

  5. I made this with Sure-jell light and half of the sugar! I got 16 four ounce jars! Yum!

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  8. What a beautiful jam, perfect for the holidays and gifting. I love the combination of the strawberries and cranberries!

  9. Christmas in a jar! So festive.

  10. Sounds lovely. I will try it for sure ❤

  11. I dont have pectin. Can I substitute it with something?

    1. Debi Hart, if you don't have pectin all you need to do is cook it to the gelling stage, which is 220 (as you would when making marmalade). Cranberries have a large amount of natural pectin so that should work just fine.

    2. Will this jel if I cut back on the sugar?

    3. You can use the pink Sure Jell and cut the sugar in half, yes. Otherwise the sugar must stay as written - it is always 2 cups more sugar than fruit, in this instance 6 cups fruit to 8 cups sugar