How to Make Cranberry Jam

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Make cranberry jam with your extra cranberries!
Make cranberry jam with your extra cranberries!

Make Cranberry Jam with Leftover Cranberries!

Make cranberry jam with extra cranberries leftover after Thanksgiving. If your grocery store has cranberries discounted after the holidays, grab some to make your own cranberry preserves to enjoy the rest of the winter!

Process this yummy jam in a hot water bath canner and save those sweet-tart jewels. You can even give a few jars away as homemade Christmas presents…what a sweet gift to receive!

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Cranberry jam would make an awesome gift. :)
Cranberry jam would make an awesome gift. πŸ™‚

Never Heard of Cranberry Jam?

That’s ok, I hadn’t either. But while our friends were visiting on Thanksgiving, Terri mentioned that she made fresh cranberry jam by cooking the berries with just enough water in the bottom of the pan to prevent scorching and adding sugar to taste. She didn’t use pectin or process any of the jam but ate it fresh instead. I wanted to make some jam to put up for later, so I started searching for recipes online.

None of my search results were really what I was looking for. There was cranberry jam with apples or lemon juice in it. They didn’t use pectin either.

I started from scratch and created my own recipe. I did use pectin to ensure that the jam set, however I think that you could make a nice thick jam without the pectin.

Mmmmm...cranberry jam on cranberry bread.
Mmmmm…cranberry jam on cranberry bread.

Cranberry Jam Recipe

  • 24 oz of fresh cranberries (approximately 6 cups whole, fresh berries)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 4 1/2 Tbsp powdered bulk pectin
  • 3 1/2 cups sugar

Fill hot water bath canner and put on high heat. Wash and sterilize 1/2 pint jelly jars and screw tops. Prepare canning lids according to manufacturers directions. While the canner of water is heating, prepare your ingredients.

Mix 1/2 cup of sugar and pectin in a bowl. Measure the remainder of sugar into another bowl and set aside.

Wash cranberries and pick out the mushy ones. Put them in a medium saucepan with 1 1/2 cups water.

When the water in the canner is almost boiling, start cooking your jam. Turn heat to medium-high and cook until the berries are soft.

Add the sugar-pectin mixture and stir constantly until fruit reaches a rolling boil.

Add the remaining sugar and stir constantly until jam reaches a full rolling boil. Boil and stir for 1 minute.

Turn heat off and ladle into sterile half-pint jelly jars, leaving 1/4β€³ headspace. Wipe rim, place metal lid and ring on the jar. Screw on just until tight.

Process in water bath canner for 5 minutes for elevations of 1,000β€² or less, 10 minutes for 1001- 6000β€², and 15 minutes for over 6000.’

Use a jar lifter to remove the hot jam from canner. Set on a heavy cloth on the counter to cool. Make sure lids seal. There will be a pinging sound for each lid that seals, and the lid will not move up and down when pressed. Makes approximately 6 half-pint jars per batch.

Have you ever made cranberry jam? I am looking forward to trying some additions to this recipe, such as orange juice in place of water or maybe even the apples one recipe called for. 

Try Creating Even More Homemade Jam!

I’ve made quite a few batches of jam over the years. Here are some helpful posts I’ve shared about my experience:

How to Make Blueberry Jam

How to Make Cherry Jam from Scratch

Canning Grape Juice and Jelly

Vanilla Rhubarb Jam

Strawberry Jam – Low Sugar Recipe

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam – 2 Low Sugar Recipes

How to Make Peach Jam from Fresh or Frozen Fruit

How to Make Jam from Frozen Fruit

What is your favorite kind of jam?

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20 comments on “How to Make Cranberry Jam

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  4. MaryAnn

    Lisa,
    How wonderful to help out this farmer by taking his berry crop to market for him. It’s a win/win by him sharing his crop with you.

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  7. Liz

    Hi Lisa. I’m going to try this jam but I don’t have enough cranberry’s though, I only have 10oz so im going to put in 7oz chopped orange & 7oz of chopped apple to make it up to 24oz, fingers crossed it comes out ok.

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  9. Diane | An Extraordinary Day

    I’ve never made cranberry jam, but I did make cranberry chutney one year. It’s an accompaniment to a meat dish. The guys I worked with loved their jars…their wives…not so much….they were happy…more for them to enjoy! I got my recipe from a Southern Living Magazine I was reading while flying home from Florida. I’ll have to Google for it now, as I have no idea if I even have it any more. πŸ™‚
    Your jam looks and sounds great.

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    1. Lisa Lynn Post author

      Hi Diane,
      The Cranberry Chutney sounds yummy too! I used to buy a ginger chutney that was really good, but haven’t seen it in ages. Now I try to make more of my own goodies like that. πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

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  11. Joy @ Yesterfood

    Your jam is beautiful- the color is such a lovely, vibrant shade! And you’re right, it would make an amazing gift. I have never had cranberry jam, but now I think I will have to have some! Thank you for creating the recipe for us. πŸ™‚

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  12. Joyce @ It's Your Life

    I am not a big fan of cranberries, and pass on them each year. But…. this year while at Whole Foods I found some organic cranberries. The kids love ’em so I picked some up. My daughter, who never cooks, was here from TN, and volunteered to make the cranberries. She found a recipe, and those cranberries were on my plate. With that said, I think I would love to try your recipe. Usually the only jam I eat is strawberry, pinning to my healthy eating board.

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  13. Anonymous

    Lisa Lynn,
    My favorite jam is what I make every summer, organic blueberry. I help a local farmer by transporting his blueberries to market which is almost 3 hours away. In turn he allows me to pick all I want for our own consumption. What a blessing! I am
    looking at your jam and thinking I need to gather these reduced ones in the produce market and make cranberry jam. What a excellent idea! Enjoy your holiday.

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    1. Lisa Lynn Post author

      Your organic blueberry jam sounds delicious, and how wonderful that you are able to stock up for free! I hope you get a chance to make some cranberry jam!

      Reply

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