Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Jam

A scone with this jam & a cup of tea...bliss!!!

My hubby & I have been making this every Christmas for probably over 35 years now.  It's a wonderful gift for co-workers, neighbors, friends & family.  We love it & it seems like everyone that receives it, loves it, too.  Here's the recipe, if you'd like to give it a try:

Before you start, make sure you have clean, sterilized jars & put the lids in a small pan  of boiling water.  I then keep the lids on simmer, while making the jam & keep hot water  in the jars until ready to use.
1 (12-ounce) package fresh cranberries
2 (10-ounce) packages frozen strawberries, thawed (I now use a 23-24 oz container of sliced strawberries in sugar, thawed)
4 cups sugar
1 (3-ounce) package liquid pectin

Process cranberries in a food processor with the knife blade until they are coarsely chopped.

Combine cranberries, strawberries & sugar in a dutch oven; bring to a boil & cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat; add pectin to mixture.  Return to a full rolling boil; boil 1 minute, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat & skim off foam with a metal  spoon.

Quickly pour jam into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/4" headspace.  Wipe jar rims.  Cover at once with metal lids, and screw on bands.  Process in boiling-water bath for 5 minutes (or see NOTE).

Yield:  7 half pints

NOTE:  For a quick way to process the jam, check this recipe here, and follow step #7.    It works for me every time!!

I am sharing with these delightful blog parties:


  1. Kitty, this jam recipe sounds so good, and the little gift jar is adorable! This is the kind of Christmas gift that I like best!

  2. I have been in such a jam-making mood. Thanks for this. It sounds super easy, delicious, and just perfect for the season with the combination of cranberries and strawberries. I'll be making this.

  3. Oooh...soounds yummy! Love the way you have it decorated...great gift! So pretty and festive! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

  4. This is just so cute. I can remember years ago Mr. P's mother made several jars and we delivered them to their neighbors up home. Thank you for bringing up a fond memory. hugs ~lynne~

  5. kitty,
    Your jam sounds good. I'll have to try to make some, I never have made it before. Pat

  6. Hello Kitty,
    thats a great idea to make this jam as a gift for friends. You decorated it so lovely. Thank you for sharing this recipe and idea.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  7. Kitty, your jam sounds oh so good! I love anything with cranberries in it. What wonderful gifts it would make! Thank you for sharing this with us and for joining me for tea.

    Merry Christmas,

  8. Kitty, this would go GREAT w/ your scones. A PERFECT homemade gift! How awesome. I would love something like this for sure. I know my neighbor and tea party lover in crime, Kim would really like this!!!!!!!

  9. A scone and a cup of tea is indeed bliss! Just finished Orange Cranberry yesterday...what shall I make today! Thanks for the jam recipe...such an easy one!

  10. What a delightful gift that would be!

  11. This jam recipe looks delicious! If I find some time, i may make some of this. Thanks for the recipe.

  12. Hello Kitty,
    If I have any questions about making your jam I'll let you know. I am going to make some later on in the year. Pat

  13. This jam sounds very good. I love cranberries and strawberries. The two together would be wonderful!

  14. Sounds great Kitty, I already have cranberries in the freezer:@)

  15. Sounds great, and I have all the ingredients. I love how you decorated the jar!

  16. I've never seen this flavor combo, but I'm definitely going to give it a try. Excellent recipe. Thanks so much for sharing it.


  17. Kitty, Your Christmas Jam is a wonderful gift, I would love to have that tasty jar of goodies under my tree. That is a great recipe and I am happy to have it to try out. Have a wonderful week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  18. Hi Kitty,
    Your jam sounds delightful and a much appreciated gift, I'm sure. Thank you for your generous share of recipes with us all. I wish you and your family the happiest and loveliest Christmas ever.

    Christmas blessings,

  19. Simple to make and a nice combination of cranberries and strawberries. I'll bet the jam is good on a scone, I'll take your word for it!

  20. Hi Kitty,
    Your jam is wonderful!! I was going to email you and ask for the recipe so I was glad to see it here! I had it on a toasted bagel this morning and it is so delicious. Hubby agrees, too! While we were enjoying it this a.m. my daughter stopped by and and enjoyed it too! This is a perfect gift for Christmas. Thank you, again for being so sweet! I remember when you emailed me that you got my giveaway you were making this jam! Merry Christmas!

  21. Your jam looks great, Kitty! You are such a good cook. I don't know how to can, but I used to make "freezer jam/jelly" when I was in 4-H. Have a Merry Christmas, Kitty.
    Hugs, Beth


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