Cranberry Orange Jam is a perfect addition to your holiday table and a great gift-giving idea. So easy to make - using fresh cranberries, apple, sugar, and orange - this will become a fall tradition in your home!
Juice and zest of 1 orange(juice should be about ½ cup – add water or orange juice if necessary to bring up to a ½ cup)
1medium applepeeled, cored, grated (any variety apple you have will do but tarter apples have more natural pectin which helps thicken the jam)
Put all ingredients, except liqueur, in a medium saucepan on medium heat – bring to a boil, then keep at a low boil for about 15 minutes.
Intermittently, you’ll hear the cranberries popping. Mix often to check for thickening. If the cranberries have not all popped and it’s getting too thick, add a bit more water or orange juice.
Taste for sweetness and flavor at about 10 minutes, and if desired, add in the orange liqueur. This is also a good time to use a wooden spoon or potato masher to break up some of the chunks, depending on the texture you prefer.
Cook for another 5 minutes, take off heat and let it cool off.
Makes about 3.5 cups. Once cool, put in jars and refrigerate. Should last 2 - 4 weeks or you can freeze for later use.
Be sure to give the cranberries a rinse and sort through them to look for stems or a random off berry.
If the berries were in the freezer, you can use them frozen.
Even though this recipe isn't for canning, your jam jars should be very clean - either right out of the dishwasher or run under boiling hot water and quickly air dried. The cleaner they are, the better.