Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Jam

I wanted to leave you with a quick, inexpensive and easy recipe that will in turn yield you about 10-14 gifts (depending on the size jars you need). It's a recipe for Christmas Jam. It's absolutely wonderful, super easy, very quick and like I said, easy on the pocketbook. This past Thanksgiving, my mom helped me whip up a batch for some family here in Canada. (I'd never made jam before but could easily do this now on my own.)

2 packages (20 ounces each) frozen whole strawberries or 2-1/2 quarts fresh strawberries
1 pound fresh or frozen cranberries
5 pounds sugar
2 pouches (3 ounces each) liquid fruit pectin

Grind strawberries and cranberries in a food processor or grinder; place in a large kettle. 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. Pour hot into hot jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Adjust caps. Process for 15 minutes in a boiling-water bath. Yield: about 14 half-pints.

I am wrapping my jars in clear cellophane, tying with some rafia and ribbon and some homemade tags with the recipe.


Mandi said...

I may have to try this tonight! I'll let you know how it goes. Have a merry Christmas if I don't talk to you again before then!

Jessica said...

Well that sounds easy enough! I may have to save this one for next year!!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Thanks for another great recipe! I am using your orange peel potpourri is so great! I am rather scared of making jam but this sounds do-able!

Genevieve said...

You just reminded me how badly I need to get back to making my Grandmothers jam, she's no longer with us. She taught me years ago, and I MUST follow tradition.

Merry Christmas darlin!

Tonya said...

Hey girlfriend!!! You've been busy! I'm sorry I haven't commented sooner...I just got caught up w/all that's been going on in your hectic life!

I love, love, love your Christmas balls...the title made me think of the SNL skit w/Alec Baldwin and his Schwetty Balls!

Your home is BEAUTIFUL!!! I love all the little touches you've added that make it so personally you!

I love that your SS girls are willing to do a Beth Moore study. I can't get mine to read their Bible an extra 3 minutes each day. How do you do it? I just had a talk w/my girls last Sunday about their attitude and disrespect during class. I even told them that my 4yr old son sits and listens better than them! So, we'll see how they do next week. Tell me how your class terms it like semesters in school?

Your jam looks delicious! Strawberries are my favorite! I've never made jams/jellies before, but both my grandma used to. I really do need to learn how to do some of that stuff.

The -30/-22 temps do not sound fun at all. I've been complaining about our 2 degree temps. I HATE being cold, so I don't know if I'd make it in the frozen North! ;)

How are things w/Shane's grandma and grandpa? Did the mess get all cleaned up from his parents water leak?

I pray you and Shane have a merry and blessed Christmas. Love ya sister!

Amy from Texas said...

Yum! That looks really good. I've never made my own jam, but will keep this idea for next year. Found your blog from Kimba's comments. Very fun:-) I'm looking forward to seeing what other great ideas you have.

Shannon said...

What a great idea! I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

Sarah @ ThriftyDecorChick said...

You do make this seem easy! I almost want to try year. :) The orange idea is fab too!! Merry Christmas!!

Nicole said...

This sounds like such a good idea for Christmas gifts. I will definitely be giving this one a try next year.

daniella said...

Thanks for stopping by my lil blog! I might just have to come back here and see what else you have to say :-)

bec4 said...

Mandi, thanks for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comments. I am so glad you did--I am definitely adding your blog to my bloglines list. I love the orange peels drying on the stove. We eat lots of oranges this time of year. I like them in the disposal because it freshens it, but now i am going to have to trade off between the stove top to dry and the disposal. Happy New Year!


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