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Christmas Jam

I have a passion for cooking, and I can probably thank my grandmother for it. She was a marvelous cook who could really stretch a food dollar. —Jo Talvacchia, Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Process: 10 min.
  • Makes
    about 14 half-pints


  • 1 package (40 ounces) frozen unsweetened strawberries, thawed or 2-1/2 quarts fresh strawberries, hulled
  • 1 pound fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 5 pounds sugar
  • 2 pouches (3 ounces each) liquid fruit pectin


  • Grind strawberries and cranberries in a food processor or grinder; place in a Dutch oven. Add sugar. Bring to a full rolling boil; boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat; stir in pectin and return to a full rolling boil. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat.
  • Cool for 5 minutes; skim off foam. Carefully ladle hot mixture into hot half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles; wipe rims and adjust lids. Process for 10 minutes in a boiling-water canner.
Editor's note: The processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. Add 1 minute to the processing time for each 1,000 feet of additional altitude.
Editor's Note
The processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. Add 1 minute to the processing time for each 1,000 feet of additional altitude.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 84 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 22g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • Valerie
    Dec 2, 2020

    This is the second year I have made this. So easy, sets up perfect and is so yummy. I use less sugar then called for. Need to get more cranberries and freeze them since they are impossible to find during the year.

  • mamoonis
    Nov 29, 2020

    I don't know if I did something wrong, but this didn't turn out very well. Cranberries were very hard on my blender (thawed) so I added more strawberries instead of all the cranberries. Favor just wasn't there for how much trouble you go through to make it.

  • Peg
    Nov 20, 2020

    This is fantastic ! Making my second batch to give as gifts for coworkers! Husband like so much that we are keeping the first batch for ourselves!

  • Rowan
    May 26, 2020

    Delicious but it failed to "set" so I ended up with a topping, not jam. I'm an experienced, blue-ribbon winning jam-maker. Darned if I can figure out why this failed to set up as expected.

  • kierajane
    Mar 4, 2020

    Very yummy jam! I ended up using only about 1/2 the sugar and it was perfect. I use that Pomona Pectin so it set up fine. I did not grind my fruit - just used my immersion blender to brake it up a little.

  • Marleen
    Nov 26, 2019

    With the high ratings, I had to try! It is delicious and it is so good that I made a second batch for holiday gifts!!

  • 2124arizona
    Oct 28, 2019

    This grand prize winning jam is the best I've ever tasted! It reminds me of my Mom's strawberry fig preserves. I WILL be giving this jam for gifts for Christmas!

  • suefalk
    Dec 12, 2018

    Another use for fresh Cranberries!!! I love this jam! This would make cute gifts for the holidays. A perfect blend of sweet and tart. This is a keeper! I used this for a quick treat with coffee - baking some refrigerated biscuits. Delicious!

  • _nlfPA
    Feb 18, 2018

    This is a wonderful jam and I make it during the year, not just at Christmas. I freeze bags of fresh cranberries so I can make it anytime.

  • dianethorsen
    Jan 5, 2017

    Made this as Christmas gifts. Turned out perfect and tastes delicious!