Christmas Jam Recipe
- 1 package (40 ounces) frozen unsweetened strawberries, thawed or 2-1/2 quarts fresh strawberries, hulled
- 1 pound fresh or frozen cranberries
- 5 pounds sugar
- 2 pouches (3 ounces each) liquid fruit pectin
- 1. Grind strawberries and cranberries in a food processor or grinder; place in a Dutch oven. Add sugar. Bring to a full rolling boil; boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat; stir in pectin and return to a full rolling boil. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat.
- 2. Cool for 5 minutes; skim off foam. Carefully ladle hot mixture into hot half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles; wipe rims and adjust lids. Process for 10 minutes in a boiling-water canner. Yield: about 14 half-pints.
1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 84 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, trace sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.
Reviews for Christmas Jam
"I make this every Christmas since the recipe appeared in the magazine as a winner. It's also great as an icecream topping, so I'm told. My friends and family absolutely love it. Thanks."
"I felt I had to mention something about how some people were saying they didn't can this, just got the jars hot and put the lids on. The purpose of canning would be to kill mold spores or other bad things, and also to expel the air so a vacuum is created. If something was just put in hot jars with a lid put on, it might seal but there is still air in the jar and bad stuff could grow in there. If you don't want to can it for whatever reason, you could freeze it or keep it in the fridge, but it's risky to just leave it on the shelf without properly canning it."
"I really wanted to make this recipe as directed, but could not find any cranberries as they were not in season, but I had a bunch of strawberries that had to be used. Thus, I substituted blueberries for the cranberries. Cut back the sugar to 4 lbs, added 1 tsp lemon juice and 1 tsp orange flavoring. The results were outstanding. I look forward to making this recipe when I can find cranberries."
"This is probably my most favorite of all my jam recipes. Deliciously sweet and tart. I freeze cranberries when they are in stores during the holidays and then make this jam when strawberries are in season."
"I have been making this jam since 1994. I love, love, LOVE it! Its one of my favorite jams! In my top three favorite!"
"I've been making this jam since 1994. I love, love, LOVE it! It's in my top three favorite jams!"
"Do you really mean 5 lbs. of sugar??"
"Is there any way of cutting this recipe in half? It seems quite large and I'm not sure I have a pan that would accomadate this."
"I have made one batch of this jam and I will be making another this weekend. It is WONDERFUL! It is not overly sweet and the flavor is delicious! The strawberry flavor is more pronounced but the cranberries add good flavor as well - and the jam is gorgeous bright red color. This recipe is definitely a keeper and one that I will make each Christmas. I'm also going to stock up on bags of cranberries so I can make it the rest of the year as well!"
"I make this jam every year at Christmas time. It makes a wonderful gift for Christmas."
"Awesome recipe; I did one batch with 4 lbs of sugar instead of 5 and it turned our better and set up nicely! Thanks for sharing!"
"Amazing! Wonderful deep red color and grat flavor; I did one batch with 4 lbs of sugar instead of 5 and we actually liked the flavor better and it set up very well! Definitely will make again!"
"I made this jam this year to put in breakfast gift baskets for family. It is awsome. I did however add the juice of 2 lemons which is a little extra pectin and gives a little punch to the flavor. It had rave reviews. I also do not process as stated by eberacke because of loss of consistency"
"I make this jam every December as a gift for co-workers. The color is deep red and there are always rave reviews for the flavor. Because I do not want lose the consistency of this jam, I do not process. Be certain to use VERY hot, jars, lids and seals and make sure each lid "pops"."
"What a terrific jam recipe. Easy prep, few ingredients, end result...SWEET!!! I paired the Christmas Jam with the mini eggnog loaves for gifts."
"Have been using this recipe for over 17 years & it is always a hit. Have entered it in county fair and have never failed to win blue ribbon or better for it. One daughter entered in 4-H Foods and won Champion in her division. Has become an annual Christmas gift to friends & family."
"excellent colors, flavor an easy prep if you are used to making jams. only poblem is i needed ea plugs when processing the frozen fruit!! made 16 -1/2 pints for me, and the kis love it (2 teens). makes great gifts with a loaf of homemade bread.........karen"
"It is great and everyone who's tried it has liked it."
"I have made this jam every year for several years and have given jar upon jar out as gifts and have always gotten wonderful responses!~thuber~"
"THis a wonderful Jam, I have made it for years and entered into our county fair and always won a prize. Have given lots as gifts also, a wonderful jam for the hollidays."
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"This are great flavors together and looks beautiful in the jars also.I've made this many times and sold every jar I could make at the Farmer's Market.Excellent recipe"