Christmas Jam or Strawberry Preserves

Christmas Jam or Strawberry Preserves

This super easy Christmas Jam has sweet-tart, delicious flavor!

I know it’s Halloween today…but we’re already getting ready for Christmas!  Homemade gifts for the holiday season are some of my favorites to give and receive – especially when they are as delicious as our Christmas Jam.

This simple jam is a sweet-tart mix of strawberries and cranberries (plus sugar and pectin) – and the flavor combination is out of this world. (It’s so good, my husband Jack says he doesn’t want to give any of these jars of jam away this Christmas!)

In addition to this jam being super delicious, one of the best things is that it is super easy to make! 

Christmas Jam Recipe

If you are planning to can this jam, have your sterilized jars, rims, bands and canning tools ready and sterilized ahead of time.


    • 2 packages (20 ounces each) frozen whole strawberries (fresh strawberries may also be substituted)
    • 1 pound fresh or frozen cranberries
    • 5 pounds sugar (This is not a typo – 5 pounds is the correct amount. Some readers have told us that they successfully used less sugar when making this jam.)
    • 2 pouches (3-ounces each) liquid fruit pectin


    1. In a food processor, pulse the strawberries and cranberries – you can process them to a finely chopped texture for a completely smooth jam, or leave some fruit partially chopped for a chunkier jam.
    2. Pour the processed fruit into a large heavy-bottomed pot. Add sugar and over medium high heat, bring the fruit and sugar mixture to a full rolling boil
    3. Boil for 1 minute.
    4. Remove the pot from the heat and add the pectin, stirring to mix completely.
    5. Allow the jam to cool for 5 minutes, then skim off the foam on the top.
    6. Ladle the hot jam mixture into sterile half-pint jars, leaving ¼-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims clean, cover with hot lids and screw on the jar bands.
    7. Process the jars for 10 minutes in a water bath
    8. Makes about 14 half-pint jars. Recipe may be halved.