Make Some Apple Cranberry Jam…
This Apple Cranberry Jam is perfect for fall and the holidays! It’s especially delicious as a filling for jam thumbprint cookies. Make a batch for giving as gifts for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Your friends and family will love it!
Jam is one of the easiest canning projects to make. Follow the complete canning instructions below and you’ll have about eight 1/2 pint jars of scrumptious jam to squirrel away for winter. 🙂
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Decorate your jam with the pretty labels and recipe cards I’ve provided. They are free to download and print off whenever you like.
Printable Apple Cranberry Jam Recipe
You have several options for printing this recipe. You can print the no-frills version right here, or you can scroll down for the decorative version.
I’ve made several batches of jam and jelly to give as gifts and this recipe is probably my favorite. Except may the Apple Jam. Or maybe the Cranberry Jelly. Who am I kidding, I love them all!
Anyway, here’s the recipe with complete canning instructions!
(Keep reading for the free printable labels and recipe cards below.)
Apple Cranberry Jam with Canning Instructions
- water bath canner
- 7 cups tart apples peeled, cored, and diced
- 3 cups fresh cranberries washed and coarsely chopped
- 2 cups water
- 5 cups sugar
- 6 tbsp pectin
- Put a hot water bath canner on the burner and fill with enough water to cover jelly jars, with an extra inch of water over the top of jars. Turn the burner on high and cover with the lid.
- Wash jelly jars and screw bands. Place jelly jars in the canner to sterilize.
- While you wait for the water bath to come to a boil, prepare your fruit. Peel, core, and dice the apples. Wash the cranberries and chop them coarsely.
- When the water in the canner comes to a full rolling boil, boil jelly jars for 20 minutes to sterilize them.
- Measure the pectin into a small bowl and add 1/4 cup of the sugar. Combine and set aside.
- Measure the rest of the sugar into a medium bowl and set aside.
- Prepare canning jar lids according to the manufacturer's directions. (Most jar lids are no longer designed to be boiled, be sure to check.)
- Once the water bath with jelly jars comes to a full rolling boil, set a timer for 20 minutes.
- Place prepared fruit and water in a large saucepan turn burner to medium-high.
- Cook until fruit is tender and comes to a rolling boil.
- Add pectin mixture and stir in. Continue stirring to prevent burning.
- Bring to a rolling boil and add the remainder of sugar all at once. Stir in and continue stirring.
- Return to a rolling boil and boil for 1 minute.
- Use a jar lifter to remove sterile jelly jars from canner and place them on a heavy towel on your countertop.
- Place a canning funnel in a jelly jar and use a ladle to fill with apple jam. Work quickly but carefully to prevent the jam from cooling.
- Wipe rim of jar clean, place canning lid on the jar, then screw canning band in place until finger tight.
- Use the jar lifter to place the filled jar into the boiling water bath.
- Repeat until all of the jam has been placed in the canner. Place lid on the canner and return to a full rolling boil.
- Process jam for 10 minutes once the water returns to a full rolling boil.
- Remove jars from canner with the jar lifter and place them on a heavy towel to protect your countertop. Allow the jam to cool without disturbing the jars or screw bands until jam reaches room temperature.
- When the jam has cooled completely, remove screw bands and wash the jars to remove any jam that may have leaked during processing. Check each jar to be sure it has sealed properly. A properly sealed lid will not spring up and down when pressed with your fingers.
- If any of the jars did not seal properly, refrigerate them and use the jam within 3 weeks.
Giving Jam as a Gift
I love giving my homemade goodies as gifts. Honest-to-goodness hand-crafted jams and jellies from my own kitchen taste better than storebought. And a lot of people just don’t have time to make their own.
So why not surprise them with a homemade jar of jam! Spruce that puppy up with a fabric topper or some of my free printable labels. Print out the recipe card to save for your recipe box or to give along with your homemade jam.
Here’s the free download file to print out these recipe cards…
You may also turn these recipe cards into small recipe booklets to attach to your jam. Print the above sheet, flip over and place back in your printer and run it through with the following cover image…
Here’s the file to download and print out the free covers for these booklets…
Maybe you would just like a label to cut out for the top of your jam jar. This one is easy to print, cut out, add the date and then just put on top of the jar before you screw on the canning band.
I hope you enjoy these free printable recipe cards and labels! I’ll be creating more printables as I have time. If you’d like to receive notice when I have them available, please sign up for my newsletter!
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For more information on home canning, visit the National Center for Home Food Preservation.
In addition to writing for her own websites, Lisa has contributed articles to The Prepper Project and Homestead.org.
The author lives outside of Chicago with her husband, son, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a variety of poultry.