It's our first snowy day of the season. I decided I wanted to make up some of this yummy sounding Cranberry jam from The Self Sufficient Home Acre. I thought it would be a nice addition to the gift baskets we make for our neighbors. I also thought it would be very good to substitute the cranberry jam for the apple butter in these Apple Butter Bars. I hope to try this, but, I've gotta get the cranberry jam made first!
Just so you know, I have a hard time doing ANYTHING exactly like the recipe (or any type of instructions for that matter). This time was no exception. First thing I did was DOUBLE the recipe. I had some frozen cranberries in the freezer that I needed to use up. Pig went to the butcher Tuesday and I need to make some room in the freezer, so I figured this would be a start.
By doubling the recipe, I was able to use up all 4 packages of cranberries. Then, because I had some other things I wanted to do today (a little housecleaning and a LOT of sewing). I put the cranberries in the slow-cooker with the water and set the slow-cooker on high (remember the cranberries were frozen and I didn't take the time to thaw).
I just let this cook away while I worked on other things. Occasionally, I would come along and lift the lid and mash up the cranberries as they got soft. Then, I remembered the spiced cranberries we had purchased at the coast one year. M-m-m-m-m-m....they were so good. So, hoping to duplicate those.....I put in 4 tsp. of pumpkin spice and 2 tsp. allspice. Stirred into the cranberries and went back to my projects. After the cranberries were getting pretty mashed up I set the lid askew so that some of the liquid would evaporate. As the cranberries were getting thicker and starting to boil, I mixed up the 1/2 cup sugar with the pectin. As I didn't have any bulk pectin, I used the ONE package of pectin I did have. I mixed this in with the cranberries. Then stirred in the rest of the sugar (since I doubled the recipe - that was 6 cups). I just let this continue to cook, stirring occasionally, as I got my boiling water bath and jars ready. Then, I ladled it into the sterilized jars and processed in the boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
Aren't they pretty?!?! Thanks so much to Lisa Lynn for sharing her recipe.