Cranberry Orange Jam Recipe – for You and The Neighbors!

Cranberry Orange Jam recipe - with Cream Cheese Toasts

Cranberry Orange Jam on Cream Cheese Toasts

Why don’t we use cranberries more often? They’re healthy (some call them Nature’s Antibiotics!), cheap, easy to use and pack a flavor punch.

If spring time brings strawberry jam, why not Cranberry Jam at Christmas time??? This is a super easy and flavor-packed jam – good enough to give out to the neighbors for gifts.

Cranberries were two bags for a dollar at my favorite store, so I decided to try making jam out of them. Fabulous and frugal! Cranberries have more pectin than most other fruits, so no purchased pectin is necessary! The orange zest is the WOW! in this jam, so don’t skip it. Also, the salt mellows the bite of the cranberries. Perfect topping for scones, I say!

Dont skip the Orange Zest!

Don't skip the Orange Zest!

Juicing the oranges


2 bags (12 ounces each), fresh or frozen
2 cups sugar
1 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 cup water
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Everybody in the Pool!

Everybody in the Pool!

Place all ingredients in a stockpot and bring to a boil.Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 20 to 30 minutes uncovered, stirring frequently to help remove water, until mixture is a little thinner than jam (mixture will thicken more as it cools).

Remove from heat and mash well with a potato masher, until all cranberries are in small bits.

Keep in an airtight container in refrigerator for 3 to 4 weeks.

— posted by Donna


    • Kathleen says

      Melissa, I was wondering the same thing as I always give a new jelly/jam for Christmas gifts….did you ever get an answer as to whether or not these can be processed so they can have a longer shelf life?

      • says

        Kathleen – Absolutely you can process these in a hot water bath. If you ladle the jam into the jars while it’s hot, you should only have to process these for 20 minutes.

  1. Meredith says

    Do you know how much this made (cups-wise)? I’m thinking of making this as Christmas gifts, but wondering what size containers I need to buy for them. Thanks!

    • says

      HI Meredith – I should have included this in my recipe – sorry! My recollection (haven’t made it for a long while) is that it cooks down and makes about three cups, give or take a little. Happy Holidays to you!

  2. says

    Oh man, I thought canning season was over, but here I go again! Thank you! I love cranberries and I need to do something with the six bags of them that my devoted husband stashed in the freezer for me!


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