I can’t believe I am posting this publicly. This jam is our go-to gift reserved for those we love and appreciate. It has been a hit with every recipient and a coveted gift item by many. I can it in multiple batches and have it on the shelf with recycled bows and ribbon nearby for any impromptu gift giving moments.
It’s gorgeous in the jar. And tasty on toast on a cold winter morning. A family favorite for every holiday and a sure guest at the dinner table when we have company with a loaf of fresh baked bread. So here you go, from our home to yours, a holiday gift giving sensation: Autumn Cranberry Pear Jam.
Autumn Cranberry Pear Jam
3 c pears, crushed, peeled and cored
2/3 c dried cranberries, chopped
1/4 c unsweetened apple juice
1/4 c lemon juice
5 1/2 c sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 pouch (3 oz) liquid pectin
Prepare canner, jars and lids (or skip this step if you are planning on freezing the jam.)
In a large pot combine all ingredients EXCEPT PECTIN (I can’t even tell you how many times I have forgotten this.) Over high heat bring to a boil, stirring constantly until it cannot be stirred down. Stir in pectin. Boil hard stirring for 1 minute. Remove from heat and skim off foam.
Bottle in prepared jars. Cook in water bath canner for 10 minutes (20 in altitude) plus 5 minutes uncovered. (Or if freezing, ladle into jars or tupperware and freeze. That easy, just not shelf stable.)
For more detailed instructions on canning, go here: http://pickyourown.org/allaboutcanning.htm