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Homemade Cranberry Jam/Sauce

Humbly Homemade
Fill your home with the warm aroma of Autumn by making cranberry jam at home! It beats the canned alternative any day. With fruity citrus and spicy cloves, it will be a hit at the holidays!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 24 servings


  • 2 cups cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest, freshly grated
  • ½ tsp ground cloves


  • Add all the ingredients into a sauce pan.
    Bring everything to a boil on medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Reduce the heat to a simmer for about 20 minutes, until all the cranberries pop and break down. If any cranberries remain whole, crush them with the back of a spoon.
  • Optional: strain the jam through a fine mesh sieve. (I personally like the extra texture from the whole cranberries, so I don't strain my jam.)
  • Let cool and enjoy!
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