Homemade Christmas Jam Recipe
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Homemade Christmas Jam Recipe

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A few years ago, I hit upon the idea of presenting family and friends with baskets of homemade jam as gifts. With cherries, cinnamon and cloves, this smells and tastes like Christmas! —Marilyn Reineman, Stockton, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Process: 5 min./batch
MAKES:96 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Process: 5 min./batch
MAKES: 96 servings


  • 3 packages (12 ounces each) frozen pitted dark sweet cherries, thawed and coarsely chopped
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 package (12 ounces) frozen unsweetened raspberries, thawed
  • 9 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon butter
  • 2 pouches (3 ounces each) liquid fruit pectin

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons equals 85 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), trace cholesterol, trace sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, combine cherries, pineapple and raspberries. Stir in the sugar, juices, cinnamon, cloves and butter. Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in pectin. Continue to boil 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  2. Remove from heat; skim off foam. Ladle hot mixture into 12 hot sterilized half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot mixture. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight.
  3. Place jars into canner with simmering water, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process for 5 minutes. Remove jars and cool. Yield: 12 half-pints.
Editor's Note: The processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. Add 1 minute to the processing time for each 1,000 feet of additional altitude.
Originally published as Christmas Jam in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2010, p122

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Reviewed Jun. 29, 2015

"My family and friends love it!!!"

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2014

"Sets up very well but did not like the after taste that it gave. I think it because of the ground cloves, next time I will put half of what it calls for and see if it is not so overpowering."

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2014

"Just made this for Christmas gifts. It is very good and I think the recipients will love it!"

Reviewed Feb. 14, 2013

"YUMMY! I made this exactly as recipe states...and it's WONDERFUL. Especially good served warm on french toast or waffles."

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