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Homemade Cranberry Jam (microwave recipe)


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Ingredients

1 227-g (1 1/2 cup) bag Patience Fruit & Co Fresh Organic Cranberries

55 g (1/4 cup ) to 75 g (1/3 cup) sugar crystals (raw sugar, maple sugar, organic, demerara, white, brown, etc.)

 

Your favourite flavouring (choose one)

Cinnamon sticks

Sprigs of fresh rosemary

A few sprouts of balsam fir

 5 ml (1 teaspoon) cranberry spice*

A few drops of orange extract

A few drops of lemon extract

Preparation time 5 minutes
Cooking time 4 to 7 minutes Portions 250 ml (1 cup)

As a great gourmet gift for friends and family or simply as a side dish for special holiday meals, this cranberry jam (or cranberry sauce) will play an impressive role on your festive table. This is not your grandmother’s sickly sweet cranberry sauce – in fact, there’s not much sugar in it at all. In our humble opinion, organic cranberries are naturally sweeter and more delicate and don’t need a lot of ingredients to heighten the flavour.

It’s delicious hot or cold, with yogurt and granola for breakfast, as a traditional condiment for poultry, on an antipasti plate with cheese, or… as a seasoning in your next plot of chili. (Really – you must try it!)

Ingredients

1 227-g (1 1/2 cup) bag Patience Fruit & Co Fresh Organic Cranberries

55 g (1/4 cup ) to 75 g (1/3 cup) sugar crystals (raw sugar, maple sugar, organic, demerara, white, brown, etc.)

 

Your favourite flavouring (choose one)

Cinnamon sticks

Sprigs of fresh rosemary

A few sprouts of balsam fir

 5 ml (1 teaspoon) cranberry spice*

A few drops of orange extract

A few drops of lemon extract

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Steps

  1. Place cranberries in microwave-safe 750-ml (1 1/2 cup) glass container or measuring cup. Add sugar and flavouring, to taste. Cover with a splash guard.

  2. Microwave on high for 4 minutes, or until cranberries start to soften and mixture starts to boil. (If you prefer big pieces in your cranberry jam, stop cooking at this point.)

  3. Remove splash guard. Using a fork, roughly crush cranberries. Continue cooking for 2 or 3 minutes, checking consistency every 30 seconds. When cranberries have burst and the mixture has thickened, your cranberry jam is ready .

Recommendations

For a frosted effect, rinse cranberries under running water and drain. Spread on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with sugar, coating well. Let dry for an hour at room temperature before placing in jars. The berries will look like they’ve fallen into a fine coating of fresh snow!

*Cranberry spice

5 ml (1 teaspoon) ground cinnamon

5 ml (1 teaspoon) ground cardamom

2.5 ml (1/2 teaspoon) ground allspice

2.5 ml (1/2 teaspoon) ground ginger

2.5 ml (1/2 teaspoon) ground black pepper

1 ml (1/4 teaspoon) ground nutmeg

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Science & Fourchette

Annie Ferland is founder and editor of the blog Science & Fourchette and a nutritionist. Epicurean and a lover of photography, she shares her creations and tips about nutrition. Her motto: simplify science to put on your plate.

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