Holiday Jams | Cranberry Raisin Jam

Last Updated on September 19, 2022 by Ellen Christian

Looking for a cranberry raisin jam? Holiday jams make a wonderful Christmas gift. Why not give this Christmas marmalade recipe this year.

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Holiday jams make wonderful Christmas gifts. Most people don’t make their own jams or jellies any longer so receiving a homemade holiday jam is a bit of a treat.

You can put holiday jams in a basket along with some kitchen towels and a loaf of homemade bread for a larger gift idea. 

Holiday Jams | Cranberry Raisin Jam for Christmas

Holiday Jams | Cranberry Raisin Jam

This Cranberry Raisin Jam is one of my favorite holiday jams because it’s so festive looking. This jam is NOT processed so it will need to be refrigerated to keep fresh.

If you give this as a gift, make sure that they know it will need to be stored in the refrigerator when they get home. I found that it didn’t last long at all. That’s how delicious it was.

You can use golden raisins or regular raisins in this recipe. Please buy organic raisins since grapes have a very high level of pesticides used on them traditionally.

Grapes from Chili (90% of the grapes from January to April) can have up to 17 different chemicals sprayed on them. Organic raisins are also naturally sun-dried rather than dried with the use of preservatives.

jars full of Christmas marmalade and sprigs of pine

This recipe makes 7 little crystal jelly jars. They are 4 ounces each. You could make larger jars if you prefer but you’d probably only get three full jars.

When you see bags of fresh cranberries in the grocery store around Thanksgiving, buy several bags.

You can easily toss them in the freezer to use during the rest of the year. In our stores, once the holidays are gone, I cannot find fresh cranberries any longer.

You can make this recipe with fresh cranberries or frozen ones.

Can you make this with dried cranberries?

I have never made this cranberry raisin jam recipe with dried cranberries. They don’t have the moisture content that fresh or frozen cranberries have so I am not sure if it would work.

You might be able to let them soak in water. And, then try the recipe. But, you would really have to experiment to see if it works. If you try it let me know how it goes.

Cranberry raisin holiday jam recipe

To give this as a gift, you can use a jam label and package the jam with a loaf of homemade bread, a cutting board, and a pair of potholders or oven mitts.

Just use your creativity. You could always include a variety of your homemade jams. I usually tend to put up several different types each year. You can try a few other holiday jams below. 

Or, you could also include pickles, relish, sauerkraut, or any other type of homemade food item. Everyone loves getting homemade gifts that taste delicious!

Holiday Jams | Cranberry Raisin Jam for Christmas

More holiday jams

If you love making jam or want to try a few new recipes, these are a few that I’ve shared here on my blog. I hope you enjoy making holiday jams! Why not make this cute fabric topper to put on your jars.

Yield: 7

Holiday Jams | Cranberry Raisin Jam

Holiday Jams | Cranberry Raisin Jam for Christmas

This is one of my favorite holiday jams. I hope you enjoy this cranberry raisin jam recipe.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups of water
  • 2 1/2 cups of organic cane sugar
  • rind and juice of 1 organic orange
  • 1 12 oz package of fresh cranberries
  • 1 1/4 cups of chopped organic raisins

Instructions

  1. Place the water, sugar and orange rind/juice in a large pot. Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the cranberries and raisins to the pot.
  3. Boil about 5 to 10 more minutes. Let it stand until room temperature.
  4. Spoon into sterilized canning jars and put on the ring/lid.
  5. Refrigerate immediately.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 138Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 32gProtein: 0g

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13 thoughts on “Holiday Jams | Cranberry Raisin Jam”

    • Hi, Carol - Like I mentioned in the first paragraph, this is not processed so it needs to be kept in the refrigerator to stay fresh. It's meant to be given as a gift and used immediately. I've never tried canning it for long-term storage so I don't know the exact times.
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  1. I love this jam recipe and I love to give gifts that I make to my friends and family I also love to receive handmade gifts. I saved this recipe with my other jam recipes.
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  5. This looks so delicious!!! I was wondering if you've ever used it as a substitute for cranberry sauce at thanksgiving? It looks like it would be really good as a side dish too?  Thanks for sharing your recipe, saw it on The Scoop.
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