Spiced Pear-Cranberry Jam Recipe
4 to 5 (8 oz.) jars
Active Prep: 5 min
Cook: 20 min
- 2 lbs. fully ripe pears
- 1 (12 oz.) bag cranberries (fresh or frozen)
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 tsp. Ground Saigon Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. Ground Grenada Nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. Ground Ginger
- 1/4 cup Sliced Crystallized Ginger, chopped
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 4 tsp. calcium water*
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 tsp. Universal Pectin (like Pomona's brand)
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*Before you begin, prepare Pomona’s Pectin calcium water. To do this, combine 1/2 tsp. calcium powder (in the small packet in your box of Pomona’s Pectin) with 1/2 cup water in a small glass jar with a lid. Shake well. There will be extra calcium water; store in the refrigerator for future use in other Pomona's Pectin recipes.
To prepare: Peel and core pears then mash them in a large bowl; set aside. Rinse cranberries; add to a saucepan with the water. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 10 min. or until soft and most cranberries have burst, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and lightly mash cranberries. Add mashed pears and mix well. Add spices, crystallized ginger, lemon juice and the 4 tsp. of prepared calcium water; mix well. In a separate bowl, combine sugar and the 3 tsp. pectin powder; mix thoroughly and set aside. Bring fruit mixture to a boil. Slowly stir in pectin-sugar mixture. Continue to stir vigorously for 1 to 2 min. to dissolve pectin while jam comes back to a boil. Once back to a full boil, remove it from the heat.
To can: Ladle hot jam into sterilized canning jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace at the top of the jars. Remove trapped air bubbles, wipe rims with a damp cloth, and fasten loosely with 2-piece canning lids. Lower filled jars into boiling water, ensuring jars are not touching each other and are covered with at least 1 to 2 inches of water. Cover and return water a rolling boil and process for 10 min. Turn off heat and allow jars to sit, untouched, for 5 min., then remove jars and allow them to cool, undisturbed, for 12 to 24 hrs. Confirm that jars have sealed (lids should not bounce back when pressed), then store at room temperature in the pantry. Refrigerate any jars that did not seal.
Adapted from Pomonas Pectin