Sunday, October 14, 2012

Cranberry Lemon Pear Jam

cran lemon pear jam jars filled

I had some ripe pears that needed to used up, and since I have lots of cranberries, I thought I would try making a cranberry pear jam. I looked at many recipes and picked one to which I changed it up a bit.

6 cups peeled and chopped pears

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

6 1/2 cups washed and sorted fresh cranberries. The recipe called for chopping them, but I just cooked them whole.

3/4 cup water.

5 1/2 - 6  cups granulated sugar

1/4 cup strained fresh squeezed lemon juice

2 teaspoon lemon zest  (next batch I will cut the lemon zest back to 1 teaspoon, as the lemon taste is very strong.)

1 box powdered Sure Jell pectin ( mix in with a little sugar so it doesn't cake when first put in the hot jam mixture.)

Add water, pears, cranberries, sugar and cinnamon.

cran lemon pear jam fruits in panfresh cranberries and chopped pears

cran lemon pear jam start of jam

Bring to a simmering boil over medium heat.

cran lemon pear jam starting to foam

Remove from heat and skim off the foam. Then add pectin and lemon juice. Continue cooking on a lower heat stirring constantly. The mixture will thicken and drop slowly off the edge of a metal spoon.

   cran lemon pear jam starting to boil jam is finished cooking and ready to put in jars.

Pour hot jam into sterilized canning jars with a ladle and a wide mouth funnel. Leave 1/4 inch head space. Wipe the tops of the jars and around the ring area. Place lids on the jars. Hand tighten the metal rings, and process in a rolling boil hot water bath for 10 minutes.

I didn't have anymore small jars so I was left with 1/2 a half pint jar. The jam is really yummy tasting.

I never planned on making so much cranberry sauce, assorted jams and pickles this fall, but once I started I can't seem to stop. I need to get more 4 ounce canning jars, as I used the last of the ones I bought with this batch of jam.



1 comment:

Joanne Huffman said...

You're going to have a very tasty winter with all the preserving you've been doing.