Carrot Jam


This recipe is adapted from Putting Food By, one of Eugenia Bone's favorite preserving books. Try spooning some of the jam on top of ricotta as an hors d'oeuvre—unexpected and delicious. Slideshow:  Terrific Jam Recipes 

Carrot Jam
Photo: © Sarah Bolla
Total Time:
1 hrs
Makes nine 1/2-pint jars


  • 4 pounds carrots, coarsely shredded (about 18 cups)

  • 6 cups sugar

  • 2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest

  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice (8 lemons)

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • Three 3-inch cinnamon sticks

  • 12 whole cloves

  • Big pinch of freshly grated nutmeg


  1. In a large enameled cast-iron casserole or heavy pot, combine the carrots, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and salt; mix well. Wrap the cinnamon sticks and cloves in a double layer of cheesecloth and tie into a bundle. Tuck the bundle into the carrots. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

  2. Add the nutmeg and 1/2 cup of water to the carrots and bring to a boil. Cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until the carrots are shiny and the liquid is syrupy, about 40 minutes. Discard the spice bundle. Let the carrot jam cool to room temperature, then refrigerate.

Make Ahead

The carrot jam can be refrigerated for up to 3 weeks.

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