Easy and delicious Homemade Cranberry Jam. This simple cranberry jam is made with only 4 ingredients and makes a perfect addition to many breakfast dishes.
Cranberries are such a wonderful fruit with many health benefits. I love the tart and sweet flavor of cranberries when they’re baked in desserts and baked goods.
There is always a bag of cranberries in my fridge in the winter and when I make sure to freeze some for the off-season. During the winter months, I like to make some simple cranberry jam for breakfast. This is a delicious and easy seasonal jam.
Cranberries are not only delicious, they are also very healthy and considered superfood. Cranberries are full of vitamin C, fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin K. Cranberries outrank almost every fruit and vegetable when it comes to antioxidants.
So for breakfast, substitute store-bought strawberry jam for this vitamin packed cranberry jam!
What else can be added to the cranberry jam:
To change up the flavor a little, try using a pear instead of apple.
During holiday time, I like to spice up this cranberry jam with cinnamon, allspice, and cloves. The aroma and flavor is just perfect to put everyone in Christmas mood.
Add some orange zest and squeeze a little orange juice for additional flavor.
How to serve cranberry jam:
Serve this cranberry jam on toast, bagels, muffins, fresh baked sweet bread.
Add some to oatmeal.
Cranberry jam can also be added to fudge, cookies, cheesecake, and sweet creamy dips.
Some more cranberry ideas:
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Homemade Cranberry Jam
- 1 lb fresh cranberries
- 1 cup white granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 large apple peeled, cored, diced
- Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan, mix, and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
- Reduce heat to low, cover with a lid, and gently simmer, stirring frequently, for 45-60 minutes. Keep covered while simmering, leaving only a little crack for the steam to escape. Make sure it simmers gently. Stir from time to time.
- Transfer into a blender and puree until smooth.
- Let cool completely and transfer to a medium jar. Once completely cooled, close with a lid tight and refrigerate.
- Without canning process, this jam will last about 6 weeks in the refrigerator.
Julie Biggerbear says
I was glad to see a recipe that called for apples instead of the usual oranges. I also added a 1/4 tsp each of allspice, nutmeg, and cloves, and a half tsp of cinnamon.
It is absolutely lovely, especially when making a grilled cheese with turkey and a bit of this spread on the turkey!
Yum! I am so glad you liked it! 🙂
sarah packham says
I want to make this today, but I’m curious how it sets without adding any pectin. Does it set enough?
I am so sorry for my late response, your comment got lost in my email. I haven’t had a problem with it setting. I hope it worked out for you.
Tammy Vaughn says
How would you can this? Can this be water-bath canned? I’d like to start making jams, jellies, etc. to sell them.
I’ve water bath canned this and it comes out like other jellies/jams. Cranberries have a lot of pectin, I keep extra in case I run out of boxed pectin.
That’s good to know. Thanks for sharing, Mike!
Ariel Grant says
If i use dried canberries would that also work ?
No, unfortunately dried cranberries won’t work for this recipe.
Can you use pears instead of an apple?
Yes you can use pears instead, I think that would be quite tasty.
Angela Jaw says
Can I add / substitute oranges into this recipe to make it more of a cranberry-orange jam? I have a ton of orages and am looking for a tasty way to use them.
Yes, you could definitely add some orange juice from the orange and some zest I think that would taste really good with this recipe!
I made this using 2 small pears instead of 1 large apple, and I added a cinnamon stick while it cooked and removed it before blending. This jam tastes amazing, and it was really easy to make. I’m planning to try using it as the filling for some cookies, and then whatever is left I think will be great on toast.
Yum! Sounds good! Glad you liked it!
Yes I just made this n I think it’s good BUT I added orange zest n cinnamon & clove n nutmeg n a pinch of salt to kick it up cus it was in the bland side but it was good I only put 3/4 cup of sugar cus I love the tardiness of the cranberries, thank you for sharing.
Glad you liked it, Cindy!