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Easy Homemade Cranberry Jam

How to make cranberry jam with dried cranberries?

Dried cranberries don’t have the juice in them to make cranberry jam. Only fresh or frozen cranberries can make this cranberry jam. Dried cranberries have many other uses, including being a great addition to salads!

Where can I buy cranberry jam?

Cranberry jam or sauce is most commonly found in grocery stores during the fall, around Thanksgiving. Canned cranberry jelly is in the stores year-round.

How much pectin for cranberry jam?

This cranberry jam recipe needs no pectin. Pectin is more commonly used in fruit jelly so that it sticks together to form that jelly consistency. This jam does not need the pectin.

This homemade cranberry jam is one I like to make for Thanksgiving and Christmas family meals. I especially like serving it with brunch, along with toast and English muffins.


Cranberry jam is super easy to make, especially when the holiday season rolls around and cranberries are in grocery stores everywhere! This tart berry helps to improve blood pressure, protects against liver disease, and even supports heart health.

The summer fruits bring us delicious homemade jam and jellies, as well as fresh fruit salads and other cold treats. But when the winter months roll around, you might feel lost in the fruit portion of the menu. Of course, this one classic Thanksgiving side dish keeps us supplied with sweetness: homemade cranberry sauce!

Home food preservation is actually really easy to do. Canning pickles, jams, and jellies is a fun activity to do on the occasional free Saturday or Sunday,

This classic cranberry jam recipe is not far from the table in the cold season.

Homemade cranberry jelly, cranberry juice, simple cranberry jam, cranberry relish, or cranberry sauce: all of these are staples in the cold season. Whether they’re waiting for you at the thanksgiving table, on a delicious spread of charcuterie boards, or in turkey sandwiches, this cranberry jam recipe is the easiest jam option. Forget the grocery store: you can make it at home with familiar ingredients and on-hand ingredients!

Compared to store-bought jams, this one has ingredients that you can recognize, and a short list of them, too.

While it can be easy enough to open up a can of cranberry jam or jelly from the grocery store, this recipe is almost too easy to pass up. There are no extras and no fussing with additional pectin. Just four simple ingredients Just four simple ingredients, that make a sweet and tart fresh cranberry jam.


Here’s some equipment you’ll be needing for this sweet jam recipe:

  • half-pint jars (glass jars)
  • lids
  • medium sized pot
  • a wooden spoon

When preparing the small jars, I like to boil my jars and the lids so that they’re fully clean before I use them. For that, I use a separate pot with water.. I bring it to a full boil, place jars in, boil for a minute, then take them out. After that, I place lids into the pot and boil them for a minute as well. Don’t forget to dry them and let the hot jars cool. Once you’ve prepared the easy cranberry jam recipe and filled them, don’t forget to wipe jar rims so that you can put on a clean lid and have no spillage from your clean jar. A glass jar with a good, tart jam on the outside attracts ants. You can store them in the refrigerator. If you’d like to save leftover cranberry sauce, you can freeze them.

All You Need Are These 4 Ingredients:

Water: As the liquid base

Sugar: For the sweetness.

Cranberry: I use fresh cranberries, but you can also use frozen cranberries. I usually measure out one bag of cranberries and measure the rest of the ingredients around it.

Lemon juice: For flavor. It’s the perfect addition!


I hope you enjoy this recipe and its health benefits! Here are some more recipes that are minimal effort:

Easy Grilled Sweet Ginger Pineapple Slices are perfect as a unique grilled dessert!

Light and Easy Tomato Soup for Summer makes the ideal summer soup when you’re looking for a light lunch.


Easy Homemade Cranberry Jam

Just four simple ingredients, that make a sweet and tart homemade cranberry jam. It's perfect to serve for brunch along with toast and muffins.
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Course: Desserts, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Jam
Allergy: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Total Time: 45 minutes
Calories: 123kcal


  • Pot
  • citrus squeezer
  • Wooden spoon


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 lemon, juiced


  • Bring 1 cup of water and 1 cup sugar to a boil in a medium size pot.
    1 cup water, 1 cup sugar
  • Add 4 cups of cranberries, bring it all to a boil once again.
    4 cups fresh cranberries
  • Squeeze juice out of 1 lemon (make sure no seeds fall out), cook for 7 minutes. The cranberries will be popping, most should be popped.
    1 lemon,
  • Done. Put in jars to enjoy.


Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 33IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg
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