Oh my… this stuff is crazy good! Pineapple, pears, apples, coconut, pecans, craisins and shredded carrots along with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg all combined into an unbelievably incredible cake, oops, I mean jam!
P.S. I’m giving the directions from the Ball Canning website for the jam, which I’ve adapted a bit, but check out my easy (lazy) way to make it at the end of the post.
Carrot Cake Jam
- Category: Jams
- 1-½ cups finely grated peeled carrots
- 1-½ cups chopped cored peeled pears or apples I like to use a combination of pears and apples, but either one is good on it’s own.
- 1-¾ cups canned pineapple tidbits, including juice
- Craisins 1/2 cup, roughly chopped
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ cup coconut
- ½ cup toasted pecan pieces
- 1 package powdered fruit pectin, I used Sure Jell
- 6-½ cups sugar
- 6 (8 oz) half pint glass preserving jars with lids and bands
- PREPARE boiling water canner. Heat jars and lids in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil. Set bands aside.
- COMBINE carrots, pears, pineapple with juice, craisins, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in a 6- or 8-quart saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat, cover and boil gently for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and whisk in pectin until dissolved. Bring mixture to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down, over high heat, stirring frequently.
- ADD sugar all at once and return to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add pecans and coconut and stir. Skim foam if necessary.
- LADLE hot jam into hot jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Apply band and adjust until fit is fingertip tight.
- PROCESS in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lid should not flex up and down when center is pressed.
I don’t go through all the water canning business. I learned this trick from my mom – I just make the jam, ladle it into clean jars, cover and let it sit out for the 24 hours to “set”. Then I refrigerate whatever I will use in the next few weeks and freeze the rest. It lasts forever in the freezer! Just make sure that if you’re giving this jam away your blessed recipient knows to either keep it refrigerated or store it in the freezer – lazy? yes – easy? YES!