Cranberry Charm Jam


Dive into the festive delight of Cranberry Charm Jam, a vibrant spread that captures the bold and tangy flavors of fresh cranberries. This homemade jam is a celebration of the unique tartness and subtle sweetness of cranberries, offering a versatile and bright addition to your pantry, perfect for holiday spreads, desserts, or as a zesty glaze for meats.

Cranberry Charm Jam

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: About 2.5 cups
  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon

Nutritional Profile (per tablespoon)

  • Calories: 32 kcal
  • Protein: 0.1 g
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8 g
  • Fiber: 0.2 g
  • Sugar: 7.8 g
  • Ingredients
  • Fresh cranberries (1 kg / 2.2 lbs / 35 oz)
  • Granulated sugar (450g / 1 lb / 16 oz)
  • Water (150ml / 5 oz)
  • Orange zest (optional for a citrus twist) (5g / 0.2 oz)
  • Lemon juice (30ml / 2 tbsp / 1 oz)

Detailed Method of Preparation

  • Prepare Cranberries: Wash the cranberries thoroughly.
  • Cook the Cranberries: In a large pot, combine cranberries, sugar, water, and orange zest. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • Simmer: Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the cranberries burst and the mixture thickens.
  • Add Lemon Juice: Stir in lemon juice and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Test for Doneness: Place a small amount of jam on a cold plate. If it thickens, it’s ready.
  • Jar and Cool: Pour the hot jam into sterilized jars, leaving space at the top. Seal and let cool.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Balancing Flavors: Adjust the amount of sugar depending on the tartness of the cranberries.
  • Enhancing Flavor: Orange zest adds a delightful citrus note, complementing the tart cranberries.
  • Texture: For a smoother jam, blend the mixture before jarring.
  • Storage: Store in a cool, dry place or refrigerate for extended shelf life.


Can I use frozen cranberries?

Yes, frozen cranberries work well in this recipe.

How long does cranberry jam last?

Properly stored, it can last up to 1 month in the refrigerator.

Can I make cranberry jam less sweet?

Yes, but adjust sugar to your taste, keeping in mind it helps in preservation.