My Great-Great-Grandma's Gooseberry Jam

This gooseberry jam was first made by my great-great-grandmother Hawxhurst in 1880.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Additional Time:
12 hrs
Total Time:
13 hrs 25 mins
80 servings


  • 2 quarts fresh gooseberries

  • ½ pound raisins

  • 2 oranges

  • 2 ½ pounds white sugar

  • 1 cup hot water


  1. Chop gooseberries, raisins, and oranges finely; reserve orange rinds. Mix with sugar and water in a large pot. Cook until it becomes gelatinous or to desired thickness, about 40 minutes. Grate orange rind and add to the thickened mixture. Mix in well.

  2. While jam cooks, inspect glass pint jars for cracks and rings for rust, discarding any defective ones. Immerse in simmering water until jam is ready. Wash new, unused lids and rings in warm soapy water.

  3. Pack jam into hot, sterilized jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of the top. Run a clean knife or thin spatula around the insides of the jars to remove any air bubbles. Wipe rims with a moist paper towel to remove any residue. Top with lids and screw rings on tightly.

  4. Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil and lower jars 2 inches apart into the boiling water using a holder. Pour in more boiling water to cover jars by at least 1 inch. Bring to a rolling boil, cover, and process for 10 minutes.

  5. Remove the jars from the stockpot and let rest, several inches apart, for 12 to 24 hours. Press the center of each lid with a finger to ensure the lid does not move up or down. Remove the rings for storage and store in a cool, dark area.

Cook's Note:

Scale down ingredient amounts if you are unable to obtain that many gooseberries.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

70 Calories
0g Fat
18g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 80
Calories 70
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 5mg 23%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 53mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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