Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Cranberry - Apple Jam

You will need... 
8 cups of apples 
4 cups of cranberries (fresh, whole crans)
1 cup water
6 cups of sugar
2 lemons - squeeze the juice and zest the skin
Optional: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves or Allspice

Peel and dice the apples (dice apples about 1/2 inch or so). 

In a large pot combine the fresh, vibrant cranberries with sugar and the diced apples. 

Bring it to a boil. Cook for about 12 minutes or until the apples are soft and the cranberries have began to pop (you will hear a popping noise in case you have never cooked cranberries before ;-). At this point, add the lemon juice, zest, cinnamon and nutmeg (if you choose).   Simmer mixture until the sauce begins to thicken.
                                                                                            We used our new stainless steel funnels :)  * Recommended

Fill jars and process for 10 minutes.
This recipe yields about 5-6 jam jars. 

Kim and I had a lot of fun with this recipe. Neither of us had canned with cranberries before, but we wanted to try something new to us and use ingredients that were also in season (you know, being courageous canners and all...). We were both pleasantly surprised with the delicious flavor that we ended up with. We did not measure how much cinnamon & nutmeg we added... we just taste tested. We also considered adding cloves and/or allspice. I imagine those would be equally delightful additions to this recipe. 

Although I had intended to give this jam out as Christmas gifts, I have passed out several jars for loved ones to enjoy during the holiday season. The scent of the jam is reminiscent of Christmas. This is a perfect seasonal jam to enjoy through Thanksgiving and Christmas! 

This recipe comes from a dear friend in Montana. I am not sure where the recipe originated. This is not a Courageous Canners original. 


  1. I will be participating in a craft fair later this month and selling my salsa. I think I'm going to add this jam to it and see how well it does. Thanks for a great idea!

  2. Did you heat your jars first? I don't use a metal funnel but I'd be worried that the chill of the funnel and the heat of the jar could cause breakage. Heading into the kitchen to start making this, looking forward to having some awesome jam for breakfast tomorrow. :-)