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Pear-Cranberry Jam Recipe

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Joyce Oudkerk Pool

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The aroma of this jam evokes memories of jumping in raked leaves, the first autumn fire in the chimney, and yummy snacks after winning that overtime football game in the backyard. Make some of your own autumn memories with this rich jam. 

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Deliver Ingredients


  • 1 ½ cups cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 4 pears
  • 5 cups sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 package powdered pectin
  • ¼ cup sherry (optional)


Place cranberries in a food processor and pulse until they are coarsely chopped. Transfer to a large saucepan. 

Peel and finely chop the pears (hand chop only; a processor turns pears to mush). Add to the cranberries. Stir sugar into the fruit and let stand for 10 minutes. 

Combine the water, pectin, and sherry (optional) in a separate saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. 

Stir pecting into the fruit mixture. Bring to a boil and cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour jam into sterilized jars and cover tightly. 

Let stand at room temperature until the jam sets, up to 24 hours. 

Pear Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Pear Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.