Every Christmas, I try to make a little gift for our friends. This year, I decided to make Winter Jam. Even it’s name sounds yummy and cozy…
I get all of my little “Christmas angels” involved. One washes the fruit, one peels it, one dices it, and the younger three “help” to turn the crank of the applesauce maker. It’s so much fun making it together as a family. (All hands were thoroughly washed in the making of this jam).
Years ago, when my sister and I were trying to teach ourselves how to can, we enlisted the help of a family friend (thanks Nadine). She taught us the basics and gave us some recipes to try. In her canning cookbook, was this recipe for Winter Jam. (I also found this recipe on cooks.com).
Here are the ingredients you’ll need:
Winter Jam recipe: (I usually triple it)
- 3 cups cranberries (one bag of cranberries)
- 1 1/2 cups diced apples (peeled)
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups crushed pineapple (undrained)
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 3 1/2 cups sugar (I used a little less than what the recipe called for)
- a splash of love (always present when cooking with children)
Cook the cranberries and apples in the water until they are tender and the water has pulled some of the cranberries color. I might get a little crazy and try boiling it with some orange slices, whole cloves, and/or cinnamon sticks for added flavor next year.
Press the fruit through a sieve to remove the cranberry skins. (I used my applesauce maker and it worked great. My sister used a colander and pushed the fruit through it with the bottom of a glass).
Measure, there should be approximately 3 cups of pulp.
Add the pineapple, lemon juice and sugar.
Mix well and boil rapidly until thick (about 6-8 minutes).
Poor into sterilized canning jars to within 1/4 inch of the top (if you are canning it) and 3/4 inch of the top (if you are planning on freezing it). Makes about 7-8 small jars.
Put lids on tightly.
Then process in Boiling water bath, if canning. If you are making freezer jam, allow them to sit out for 24 hours to cool and tell your friends to freeze the jam prior to use.
Add a label and a little piece of Christmas fabric wrapped with twine and give them to all of your friends.
And there you have it, a little bit of Christmas in jar…