Home Made Jam in the Dead of Winter: Carrot Cake Jam Recipe

I love jam. Not just any jam but home made jam. Mess up your entire kitchen jam. Stick your feet to the kitchen floor jam. Make you feel like June Cleaver jam.

But, one problem: fruit is not plentiful and cheap in the last few days of the year. So. What about a winter jam?

I had seen Carrot Cake Jam recipes in magazines last fall, and was intrigued. Ooey gooey cinnamony jam that you can make in the dead of winter. Maybe they are on to something. And they were right – this really is carrot cake in jam form. Yum.

So, with family and friends staying for the holidays, giving you some extra hands in the kitchen, I say why not make some jam???

Happy New Year, Everyone!


Makes about 8 half-pints

1 1/2 cups finely grated peeled carrots
1 1/2 cups diced cored peeled pears
1 can (15 ounces) crushed pineapple, including juice
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 package powdered fruit pectin
4 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar

Combine carrots, pears, pineapple and juice, lemon juice, and spices in a large saucepan and bring to boil. Lower temperature to a simmer and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add powdered pectin, incorporating well, and bring carrot mixture back to a boil. Add sugar all at once and return back to a full boil, stirring constantly. Boil hard, stirring constantly, for 1 full minute.

Ladle hot jam into prepared jars, leaving 1/2 inch head space. Process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.

— posted by Donna


  1. MJohnston says

    Carrot cake jam is wonderful. I’ve made it for several years -always in the fall-just seems like a fall food!

  2. says

    Hi, I just discovered your blog and I love your recipes!

    May I suggest to try to substitude powdered pectine with an apple grated. It contains enouph natural pectine for this quantity of jam and I believe it’s flavour will much with the est of the ingedients. I’m sure going to try this and many others of your recipes. Congrajulations for thiw great blog!!

  3. Sarah says

    Hi! I live in Japan and some fruits can get reeeally expensive around here. Is there a workable alternative to pears?

    • says

      Hi Dawn – I used just plain old cane sugar and a little brown sugar, but am very curious to see what would happen with a sugar substitute. If you do try this, please come back and let us know how it turned out!

  4. Allison says

    How much does this jam make? I would love o give it a try but want o know how many/what size jars to have sterilized before beginning. Thank you for a great-looking recipe.

  5. says

    Irrevocably messing up my kitchen is one of my favorite endeavors! How did you know?

    I’ve never attempted homemade jam before but carrot cake sounds too good to pass up. It is my favorite cake, you know.

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