Cranberry jam is a delicious, healthy holiday treat that you can make at home. It is easy to make, and it keeps well in the refrigerator or freezer. It is also a great gift for friends and family!
How to make cranberry jam
To begin, place the washed and drained cranberries in a large pot along with the sugar. You can add water if you need to help the sugar melt, and stir frequently as it cooks to keep from burning. The cranberries will pop and start to soften as they cook, and it will take about 10 minutes to cook down to the right consistency. Once the jam is thick enough, remove from heat and use an immersion blender or a blender to blend it until smooth.
You can also strain the jam and add in some orange zest to give it more of a citrusy flavor or try adding a clementine or persimmon. These fruit options will give your cranberry jam a sweeter and creamier texture.
I like to use the zest of one lemon for this recipe, but you can choose from any citrus. This will add an extra dimension of citrusy taste to the cranberry jam, and it’s also a nice way to use up any leftover citrus peels.
The amount of sugar in this recipe depends on how sour your cranberries are, so it’s best to do a taste test and add more sugar if needed. You can also add some cinnamon if you want to kick it up a notch.
Once the mixture has a smoother texture, spoon it into sterilized glass jars or airtight containers and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to use. It will last for up to 3 weeks, but it is better to use sooner than later.
This is a simple recipe for a quick and easy homemade cranberry jam that can be made any time of year! You can enjoy it as a condiment on toast or buttermilk biscuits, on top of ice cream, or even use it to glaze your Thanksgiving turkey!
If you are using fresh cranberries, make sure they have been thoroughly rinsed and drained. You can also soak them in a little lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to help prevent browning.
The cranberries are very rich in pectin, which makes them perfect for making jam. An easy and quick test to determine whether or not the jam has reached the correct consistency is to dollop a small amount on a plate from the freezer and see if it moves like jam or liquid (it should move more like jam). If you want to make your jam extra smooth, you can puree it in a blender before serving.
To make this recipe, combine cranberries, sugar, and lemon juice in a pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring frequently, until all of the cranberries have burst. If you want the cranberries to be more tender, you can also cook for an additional 5-10 minutes. This will help the cranberries break down more quickly and easily.