Ingredients

How to make it

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a large, heavy saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  • Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thick, about 20 minutes (jam will continue to thicken as it cools).
  • Pulse jam in food processor or blender.
  • Jam should be pureed, but still a bit rough.
  • If you don't have a blender, just mash the berries up as best as you can using a large fork or even a potato masher. (I like to keep some of the berries whole.)
  • **New jarring method- Using your clean jars, fill each jar with the jam 1/4 inch from the top of the jar. Once filled, seal and turn each jar over with the sealed side down on your countertop. Let the jars sit there until they have cooled completely and then place in the fridge. (We really don't have to boil jars anymore.) You will hear the lids pop once the jars seal completely.
  • Buttttttt, you you insist on boiling your jars and using the older method of sterilization, the directions for that are below.
  • The Old Way..
  • In a pot large enough to hold a rack and jelly jars covered with an inch of water, boil the jars, the lids, and the rings to sterilize. Boil for about 5 minutes and leave in hot water until you’re ready to fill them. If the pot can only hold a few jars, no problem; just sterilize and process the jars in batches.
  • Remove a jar from the hot water with tongs. Fill with jam, wipe the edge if you’ve dribbled any, place the lid on top, and hand-tighten the ring. Just tighten it until snug–it doesn’t need to be closed with the death grip. As you fill and close each jar, place it back in the pot of water. (see NOTES, below)
  • When you’ve replaced all the jars, bring the water to a boil again (replacing evaporated water if necessary to cover jars with 1 inch of water. Boil rapidly for 5 minutes. Remove processed jars to a rack and cool 12- 24 hours. As jars cool, they’ll create a vacuum (you’ll notice the lids sucking down onto the jars as they cool). If the lids still pop when you press on them after 24 hours, they haven’t sealed properly. The jam is still fine to eat, but you’ll need to refrigerate it. Sealed jam can be kept on the shelf until opened. Refrigerate after opening.

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    " It was excellent "
    lor ate it and said...
    I LOVE IT, I absolutely and positively LOVE IT!!! This jam is perfect for me because it doesn't call for pectin, which I am allergic to. Thank you so very much for posting this recipe Annie! HIGH TRIPLE 5!!
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    kimbaby ate it and said...
    my kind of jam ~5
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    dragonwings647 ate it and said...
    Wow, I never thought about cranberry jam, what a great idea. I have leftover bags of cranberries to now I can do something fun with them. Thank you so much
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    laurieg ate it and said...
    This looks great. I just made apple jelly for the first time this fall. My ten year old LOVES cranberry sauce so she will probably like this. I am gonna try it..Thanks
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    peetabear ate it and said...
    this jam sounds wonderful... I think i would like it hot.. but it would be fun to try it both ways,...^5
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  • joe1155 5 years ago
    Sounds so good!
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    lunasea ate it and said...
    How unique and wonderful! I love cranberries and this jam with its heat and flavor from the red hots really appeals to me. I love pepper jellies, so I'm amxious to give this a try. Thanks so much - great post! :)
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    notyourmomma ate it and said...
    Red HOT oh Yeah!!!! Wonderful...I love cranberries.
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    minitindel ate it and said...
    this sounds fantastic annie what a great post i could have it now with some fresh baked bread or rolls yummmmmm

    high five

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    crabhappychick ate it and said...
    Beautiful recipe! And I am sure the jam is absolutely beautiful in the jars....like jewels. Love cranberries and always buy more than I use - and I do use a lot - during the holidays. Now I know how I'm going to use what is left! Thanks.
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    juels ate it and said...
    This sounds very lovely! I love it that you are using cranberry juice here and the red hot candies sound awesome! What is the amount of those, please? You said 1/2 of red hot...
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