Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Jam

A wonderful gift
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
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!!
 


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

I am sharing with these delightful blog parties:


23 comments:

  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!

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  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.

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

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  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~

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

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  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

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  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,
    Sandi

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  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!!!!!!!

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  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!
    Ruth

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  10. What a delightful gift that would be!

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

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  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

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

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

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

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  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.

    :)
    ButterYum

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  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

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  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,
    Sandi

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  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!
    Judith

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  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!
    Nancy

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  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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