Cranberry apple jam

cranberry apple jam

Enjoy an additive and pectin-free jam recipe for this season. The cranberry apple jam is a seasonal favourite, especially in the fall. Try out the recipe for dried cranberry jam and let us know how much you love it.

Finally! The post is here for the  cranberry apple jam
Every time I begin to write about the cranberry apple jam I feel a real writer’s block (not much of the writer… But the block is true!!). It took a long time to end up on the blog that most other recipes have taken! The major reason is the jam is so tasty it gets eaten before I manage a shot. after eating,I hardly like to write about it. Then another batch gets made and the cycle repeats. Anyway, so glad we finally got our act together!!

Ingredients for this cranberry apple jam

The cranberries – cranberry is a false berry where the fruit is the…..  use as food, for dyeing clothes, preserving foods and wound management, cranberries have a long historical significance. For this recipe, I have used freeze-dried cranberries
These freeze-dried cranberries come from my cousin who ordered them for me along with some blueberries to munch on. Since we hardly get cranberries and the ones we get are candied before drying they ar won’t ideal for jam making. The plain dies cranberries soaked come back up perfectly and cook up the best jam ever. I prefer blending the jam. after cooking. However, you can powder them ahead to have the smoothest spreadable dried cranberry jam. You could try out the warm cranberry mors recipe too that we had posted earlier.
The apples: the bulk of the jam, the sweet spreadable mix comes from the apples that gets cooked in. The most preferred variety that is perfect for jam making is the pink lady or granny Smith. Depending on the tartness you need for the jam, you can choose between the sweeter pink lady or the sour granny Smith apples. since the cranberries do provide a natural tartness, the pink lady is our choice for this jam. Since apple peel has plenty of pectins there are no added additives needed to make this jam acquire a smooth texture. I love to grate the apple or chop them finely and then let them break down. However, feel free to blend them to add to this pectin-free jam.

Storing the pectin-free jam

With the sugar and the sourness from the cranberries as the preservatives, the jam stays well in the refrigerator for a whole month with no issues. If you leave them out for long periods they do develop an unpleasant smell. To avoid this, use a dry spoon, and remove the potion that you may consume into a small bowl. Do not add the remaining after thawing back into the jar.
If you are looking to keep it for longer, canning is the best option.

Serving the jam

No doubt the classic jam toasts are perfect for autumn. Comfort yourself with a bowl of warm classic oatmeal and a spoon full of dried cranberry jam to go with it. Swirl some into your banana bread or brownie mix too and the flavours. Load up a snack board with crackers and cheese with the jam to create a perfect share platter. Layer up some pavlova parfaits with this jam, oo ym! Don’t forget, the yogurt tastes always nicer with a touch of sweetness too.

cranberry apple jam

Cranberry apple jam

no pectin peserve
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Preserves, Sweets and savories, Traditional
Cuisine American, Baby toddler food, Continental, gluten free, International, Kids choice, One pot, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter


  • 1 cup apple diced
  • 1/3 cup cranberries fresh or freeze dried
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar adjust based on the sweetness of the apples
  • 1/3 cup apple juice
  • a pinch of nutmeg
  • a pinch of dry ginger powder


  • Soak the cranberries in apple juice for 20 minutes
  • Clean and core the apples. Dice them with the peel if not waxed.
  • Add the apples into the cooking pot followed by the soaked cranberries.
  • Let that come to a simmer and add the sugar
  • Keep scraping the sides when the fruit bubbles up gently
  • Add in the nutmeg and dry ginger powder and simmer till the fruits breakdown and form a lovely glossy texture.
  • Store the jam in clean sun dried or oven dried bottles


You may need a bit more cooking time if using fresh cranberries.
Remember to use a clean dry spoon to take the jam.
The quantities can easily doubled up if you are making a bigger batch.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Perfect homemade gift ideas for food lovers

Towards this season, we start gathering ideas for gifting. One of the most beloved gifts is an edible one. They are sustainable, leave a strong memory and say you care far more than any storebought idea. Here are a few loving ideas that you can share as edible gifts. Here are a few of our seasonal best that we love to share.
Quince chutney
Fruit mince
Roasted almond cookie

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Enjoy your autumn this year.

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Poonam Bachhav
6 years ago

Home made fruit jams are always so handy and best part is that they really have fruit in them 😉

Sirisha Methuku
Sirisha Methuku
4 years ago

Awesome recipe…… Can we use dried cranberries as well

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