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A Strawberry Cranberry Homemade Jam or also called Christmas Jam, perfect for the holiday season!
Thanksgiving and gift-giving are upon us and one of the gourmet gifts that most of my friends and family enjoy receiving is my famous strawberry cranberry homemade jam. Made with fresh organic strawberries and seasonal cranberries, plus pectin, and sugar cane.
This jam is very easy to make and uses ingredients easily found in the supermarket or here on Amazon. I love preparing recipes that utilize ingredients that are seasonal, that allows for freshness and added savings. Buying seasonal produce makes it easy in the wallet to splurge on other things we might need for the holidays.
Canning is a Family Tradition and an Art
The art of crafting jams is a family tradition that has been passed from generation to generation. Canning is easy but also requires to follow certain rules to make sure the seal will be done correctly and the food will preserve for months without going bad.
In the past canning was a way of preserving the harvest and allowed for the continued supply of food for the family during the winter time. Nowadays we enjoy canning for gift giving as there is nothing better than gifting homemade goodies coming from your kitchen with love.
Prepare the strawberry cranberry homemade jam this holiday season!
This recipe for the strawberry cranberry homemade jam is easy to follow and can help you start the tradition of holiday canning with the family. The strawberry cranberry homemade jam is a great addition to your Thanksgiving dinner too. Nothing better than homemade cranberry sauce to garnish a roasted turkey meal. This jam is so versatile that you can use it to prepare sandwiches, appetizers, added to your breakfast routine or enjoy as a snack. Are you ready to try it?
Strawberry Cranberry Homemade Jam
- 1 pound of fresh strawberries
- 1 12 oz bag of fresh cranberries
- 1 cup of orange juice
- 1 teaspoon of fresh orange zest
- 1/2 teaspoon of butter
- 2 packets of fruit pectin 1.75 oz each
- 7 cups of sugar cane
- 4 16 oz mason jars with lids
- Wash and clean the mason jars before use; it is recommended to sterilize using a hot water boil. Keep the mason jars in hot water and so the same with the sealing caps.
- Cook the fruit with the orange juice and the zest in a medium sized pan, when the fruit is fully cooked blend together using an immersive blender or a stand-up blender.
- Add the cooked fruit again to the pot and place in the stove to continue the cooking process. Add the fruit pectin and stir well, add the butter to reduce foaming, if any foams forms remove with a spoon.
- Bring mixture to a full rolling boil on high heat and continue stirring. Add the sugar, stir to combine and boil for another minute. Do not diminish the amount of sugar as the pectin won't set.
- Ladle the jam immediately into the warm sterilized jars and fill within 1/4 inch of top. Do not add more than necessary. Clean the rims of the jars with a clean paper towel and place the two lids. First the sealing one and then the closing one.
- Make sure the water bath is hot before starting the sealing process. Place the jars on the elevated rack included in the canning pot. Lower the rack into the boiling water making sure the water covers the jars at least 2 inches. Cover and boil for 10-15 minutes. Remove the jars using the proper utensil and place upright on a towel to cool completely.
- After doing this you will start hearing the lid popping, that means the process was successful, and the jars are sealed. After the jams are cool press the center of the lid with your finger, if it pops up that means the jar is not sealed correctly, and that container must be refrigerated or reprocessed to achieve a correct seal.
- Store the unopened jars in a cool, dry, dark place up to six to 12 months. Opened jars may last up to three weeks inside the fridge.
- Follow the instructions and do not lower the amount of sugar as that might affect the setting of the fruit pectin.
- Make sure jars have sealed correctly to avoid jams to go bad.
- Unsealed jars must be kept under refrigeration.
- Use common sense and follow proper safety measures as working without water and hot jams can cause accidents and burns.
- You can use 8 oz jars instead of 16oz if desired.