Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Jam Recipe

This is a wonderful concoction, full of warm spices like cinnamon and ginger.   If you're looking for an unusual home-made gift for friends, a batch of this can be made in less than an hour.   Gives 6 to 7 half-pint jars.

Christmas Jam

1 large carrot, peeled and shredded
2 pears, peeled, cored and diced into small pieces
1 large can crushed pineapple, with juice
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
one pouch of liquid Certo or other pectin
6 1/2 cups sugar

Prepare preserving jars by sanitizing in a dishwasher or immersing in a pot of boiling water.

Mix everything except the Certo and sugar in a large pot.   Bring to a simmer.   Keep at a low simmer and cook for about 20 minutes, or until pears are soft, stirring frequently.    Add more water as necessary.    Mix in Certo and sugar and bring to a full rolling boil.   Boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.    Remove from heat and pour into prepared jars.   Screw on lids with bands.   Cool and refrigerate for up to a month OR process in hot water bath for longer storage.

Yvonne Martin
Innkeeper White Oak Inn

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