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Christmas Jam Recipe

Christmas Jam Recipe

I have a passion for cooking, and it's probably my grandmother I can thank for it. She was a marvelous cook who could really stretch a food dollar. All the same, I've had my share of trial and error over the years. Shortly after we were married, my husband and I were invited to a family picnic. I made the prettiest potato salad you'd ever hope to seen. There was only one problem with that dish I was so proud of—I hadn't cooked the potatoes!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Process: 10 min. YIELD:112 servings


  • 1 package (40 ounces) frozen unsweetened strawberries, thawed or 2-1/2 quarts fresh strawberries, hulled
  • 1 pound fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 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.
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.

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 84 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 22g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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dianethorsen User ID: 1577348 259235
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2017

"Made this as Christmas gifts. Turned out perfect and tastes delicious!"

Nutty User ID: 8974788 257229
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2016

"To "Nancy" who reviewed this recipe on Nov 14, 2016 - Sorry to hear that u ruined ur mixer by trying to grind FROZEN cranberries, however the recipe clearly states "1 pound fresh or frozen cranberries, THAWED!!!""

Nancy User ID: 8967987 256779
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2016

"I just ruined my kitchen ade mixer because of this recipe! Don't try the frozen cranberries through the grinder! I'm not happy!"

Mone User ID: 8954130 255453
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2016 Edited Nov. 9, 2016

"Definitely a five star recipe. Love love love the taste of this jam especially on Crackers with Mascarpone cheese. So delicious. Thank you!"

krucook User ID: 517980 233084
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2015

"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."

Jenny Schmitz User ID: 3222705 200964
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2014

"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."

Sillyman1 User ID: 1306631 6996
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2014

"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."

KarenLiz User ID: 2217422 13867
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2013

"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."

Gardener88 User ID: 7315785 13733
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2013

"I have been making this jam since 1994. I love, love, LOVE it! Its one of my favorite jams! In my top three favorite!"

Gardener88 User ID: 7315785 10737
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2013

"I've been making this jam since 1994. I love, love, LOVE it! It's in my top three favorite jams!"

KarlaMcCaskey User ID: 7351480 13694
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2013


Hawkeye38 User ID: 3282605 10090
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2013

"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."

Digarz User ID: 2588670 17218
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2012 Edited Nov. 14, 2016

"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!"

rachellestratton User ID: 2983875 10733
Reviewed May. 30, 2012

"I make this jam every year at Christmas time. It makes a wonderful gift for Christmas."

apple3891 User ID: 4432469 200963
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

"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!"

apple3891 User ID: 4432469 10484
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

"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!"

Sarendipity User ID: 5823819 17128
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011 Edited Nov. 14, 2016

"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"

eberacke User ID: 3740596 26483
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2011

"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"."

linsvin User ID: 1584655 25695
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2010

"What a terrific jam recipe. easy prep, few ingredients, end result...SWEET!!! I paired the Christmas Jam with the mini eggnog loaves for gifts."

Colleen V User ID: 1166694 200962
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2010 Edited Nov. 14, 2016

"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."

kkrausern User ID: 1146370 12408
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2010

"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"

bunnygene_TN User ID: 28670 8789
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2009

"It is great and everyone who's tried it has liked it."

thuber1 User ID: 3336197 6995
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2008 Edited Nov. 14, 2016

"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!


julbiggs User ID: 3550277 26460
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2008 Edited Nov. 14, 2016

"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."

lin_65 User ID: 1728085 10452
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2008

"These 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"

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