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Transforming Leftover Cranberry Sauce into Festive Christmas Jam - A Christmas Gift Recipe

'Tis the season of giving, and what better way to spread holiday cheer than with homemade gifts? If you find yourself with leftover cranberry sauce from your holiday feasts, don't let it go to waste! Instead, let's upcycle that tangy delight into a delightful Cranberry Sauce Jam – a unique and thoughtful present that captures the spirit of the season. Follow this simple recipe to turn your leftovers into a delicious gift that friends and family will savor.


- 2 cups leftover cranberry sauce

- 1 pack sure-jell

- 1 tbsp cinnamon

- 1 tsp cloves

For my cranberry sauce I use:

- 3 cups cranberries

- 1 cup Roselle

- 1 cup sugar

- 1 cup orange juice

- 1tbsp cinnamon

- 1tsp cloves


1. A cinnamon stick or some dried cinnamn powder will add a festive twist to your jam.

2. Stir well to ensure the sugar dissolves into the mixture.

3. Bring to a Boil: Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a gentle boil. Stir frequently to prevent sticking and burning.

4. Simmer and Infuse Flavors: Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and let the jam simmer. Allow the flavors to meld together while the mixture thickens. This typically takes about 15-20 minutes.

5. Check Consistency: To test the jam's consistency, place a small spoonful on a cold plate. Run your finger through the jam, and if it wrinkles and holds its shape, it's ready.

6. Remove Cinnamon Stick: Take out the cinnamon stick, and if desired, use an immersion blender for a smoother consistency. Be cautious when blending hot liquids.

7. Cool and Jar: Allow the jam to cool for a few minutes before transferring it into clean, sterilized jars. Seal the jars and let them cool to room temperature. You can also waterbath can for longer term storage

Personalize Your Gift: Get creative with your packaging! Decorate the jars with festive ribbons, personalized labels, or a handwritten note to make your Cranberry Sauce Jam truly special.

Voila! Add some homebaked cookies and you have a wonderful gift for family and friends!

With just a few simple steps, you've transformed leftover cranberry sauce into a delightful Christmas Jam that's perfect for gifting. This thoughtful present not only reduces food waste but also spreads the joy of the season in a deliciously unique way. Share the love and flavor of the holidays with your family and friends – because there's nothing quite like the gift of homemade goodness.

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