Sunday, November 29, 2015

DIY Christmas Gift: Holiday Fruit Refrigerator Jam

I have enjoy making this holiday fruit refrigerator jam for family and friends. It is made with some of my favorite fruit bounties this season brings: cranberries, cherries and orange peel. It is wonderful on toast and is perfect for  breakfast, brunch or a tasty holiday snack.

"Holiday Fruit Refrigerator Jam"

*makes 6 half-pint jars

3/4 cup cherries, pitted and chopped

3/4 cup cranberries, chopped
1/2 cup orange rind, finely grated   

4 cups sugar

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 (1.75 ounce) package powdered no-sugar fruit pectin

3/4 cup water

6 half-pint canning/freezer jars

Rinse 6 clean half-pint freezer-safe canning/freezer jars with boiling water. Dry thoroughly. Wash cherries, remove pits and chop in quarters. Place in medium bowl. Do not drain cherries. If cherries have been chilled, set aside until the cherries reach room temperature. Repeat these steps with cranberries. In small bowl, finely grate orange peel and set aside. In large mixing bowl, combine cherries, cranberries and orange peel. Add sugar and lemon juice to mixture. Stir well. Set mixture aside 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes. In saucepan, combine powdered fruit pectin and water. Stir well. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat. Immediately add pectin mixture to fruit mixture and stir well. Keep stirring mixture about 3 minutes until sugar is completely dissolved. Quickly pour into sterile jars to within 1/2 inch of top of jar. Wipe off top edges of jar and cover with lid. Makes 6 half-pint jars. Let stand at room temperature 24 hours to set. After jam has set, enjoy immediately or it can be frozen for up to one year. Once opened, it can be stored in refrigerator up to 3 weeks. Enjoy!


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  1. These sound delicious, and seem like a great gift for neighbors! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Ohhhh, yum!! You had me at cranberries, cherries and orange peel. What a delicious-sounding combination, and so festive. My mouth is seriously watering!

  3. This looks awesome! Sounds easy enough to make, I'll have to give it a try :)

  4. My kids love jam! haha This sounds amazing!

  5. I imagine this tastes like a sweet cranberry sauce and it sounds delicious! Your recipe looks so easy compared to other fruit jams or jellies I've made. Thanks for sharing with the blog hop!

  6. This sounds so delicious! I'm a sucker for jams, especially when orange is involved! :) I'm loving this blog hop!

  7. I love homemade jam! This looks amazing, thank you for sharing the recipe!

  8. I've never made homemade jam -- but I do like to eat it :)

  9. Sounds yummy! Would be a fun gift to give someone!