Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Cranberry Apple Jam-Small Batch

It seems that every year I end up with whole cranberries in my freezer and wonder what I should make with them... This year I decided to pair them with a lonely apple and just the slightest hint of cinnamon, creating a very tasty breakfast treat! This Cranberry Apple Jam is beautiful and slightly tart, add a strong cup of coffee and it's a great way to start the day:@)

Cranberry Apple Jam
For every 1 cup of fresh cranberries use:
*1/2 C sugar
1/2 C water
1/2 large apple, peeled and grated
cinnamon to taste-I just wanted a hint and used 1/16 tsp per 1 C cranberries
1/4 lemon, juiced
  1. In large pot bring everything to a boil, reduce heat a bit but keep it boiling for about 10 minutes stirring constantly, you'll notice it begin to thicken up and coat a spoon nicely. 
  2. Ladle into sterilized jars and either cool and store covered in the fridge or process for 10 minutes in a hot water bath.
Notes:
  • If the cranberries weren't frozen I would have cut them in half and bounced them around in a colander to remove some of the seeds. 
  • *After it cooks for a bit carefully taste it, I like it a little more tart, you may want to add a little more sugar.
  • Cranberries can splatter and stain as they pop, try pushing them under the liquid with a spoon or potato masher to pop them.
  • Possible variation: I'd like to try using orange juice instead of water.
  • 2 cups of cranberries/1 apple gave me 2 1/2 half pint jars.
  • Other fresh cranberry ideas: Mostly Seedless Jelly, Cheesecake Topping and Cranberry Chess Pie.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

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26 comments:

  1. I know I would love the slightly tart flavor since I'm not one to like much sweet in the morning. And your jam is so pretty too - looks like a bright jewel. Happy New Year Lynn.
    Sam

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  2. I'm with Sam... I would enjoy the tart flavor. Plus, this so pretty!

    xo

    Sheila

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  3. Oh, I almost forgot, though I think I said it yesterday, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    xo

    Sheila

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  4. That does sound wonderful - I have cranberries - I have apples - I soon will have cranberry/apple jam. On a piece of toasted home made bread - heaven!

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  5. We made jam in a similar fashion recently It's so good. And yours turned out beautiful!

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  6. I love jam on my toast every morning, Lynn. Your jam looks like a perfect start to a morning. Happy 2014!

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  7. This jam looks pretty and sounds delicious, Lynn. Happy New Year!

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  8. I just found a bag of fresh in the back of the fridge that I had forgotten about. I have the other ingredients and a couple of oranges that need to be used too...I can see some pretty, red jeweled jars in my future, thanks!
    A very Happy New Year to you and yours, my friend. xo

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  9. Lynn, I have a half bag of cranberries in my fridge now left over from Christmas morning coffee cake, and I was wondering what to do with it! Now I know--and I have the apple too. Sounds delicious! Linda

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  10. Sounds delicious, Lynn! Love the combination of cranberry and apple.

    Happy new year to you!

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  11. LOL I've got cranberries leftover, too! Thanks for the suggestion of how to use them up, Lynn.

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  12. I love jam that's a wee bit tart...this looks like a winner!!! Happy New Year!

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  13. I am wishing you a wonderful new year. sandie

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  14. This sounds so good Lynn and sounds like something we'd like, especially with the orange juice! Wishing you a Happy, Healthy & Delicious New Year!

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  15. Well believe it or not, I happen to have some fresh cranberries in the freezer right now! I freeze them to put in water glasses during the holidays and have some left over. Looks like I have an idea of what to do with them now. Thanks!

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  16. Sounds wonderful...I do have a cup or so of cranberries in the freezer...AND...I do have a couple apples...Thanks for the great tip.

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  17. Sounds great - I might try using orange juice, as you suggested.
    Lillian

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  18. Ohh.. this sounds great!! You just reminded me that I have a jar of my favorite Orange Marmalade in the refrigerator. I know what I am having for breakfast!.
    Happy New Year!!!!!

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  19. Hi Lynn, I have been on a Christmas blog break .I'm back. You made me smile when I read your comment about changes. I said the exact same thing. I too love music. Smile.
    Since I am a big fan of making homemade jam, this sounds so good. My daughter and I just made mixed berry jam from the mixed berries from Costco. It is very good as well.

    Have a wonderful 2014 Lynn. A new year is always promising and thank you for your New year wishes.
    xo, Jeanne

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  20. This would be delicious with a pork roast too. I cooked pork tenderloins on New Years Eve and they would have been way better with some of this on the side.

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  21. Oh yum and what a beautiful color. I would love that on a fresh biscuit or homemade whole wheat toast! What a beautiful jam. I hope 2014 treats you well!

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  22. Hi Lynn,
    What a great Jam for this time of the year and a perfect addition to the collection! Thanks so much for bringing this awesome recipe to Full Plate Thursday today and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

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  23. Just found your site. This is perfect as it's just Hubs and me. Will double or make two batches for Christmas gifts. Thanks.

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  24. I had to try this for Christmas morning, so here I am at 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve mixing up this small batch of cranberry/apple jam for our Christmas morning feast. I prefer the tart flavor and the only apples I have are Granny Smith, so I'll have to be a little more generous with the sugar - heck, it's Christmas!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it-Merry Christmas:@)

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