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Canned homemade cranberry relish

Updated on October 13, 2015

Fall cranberry harvest

Cranberries reach their peak of color and flavor and are ready for harvesting in September.
Cranberries reach their peak of color and flavor and are ready for harvesting in September. | Source

Quick to fix cranberries

Red Hots add a bit of heat and sweet to the relish.
Red Hots add a bit of heat and sweet to the relish. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: 10 pints

Ingredients

  • 12 C fresh or frozen Cranberries fresh or frozen Cranberries, (6 packages)
  • 6 C water
  • 6 C sugar
  • 1 pkg cinnamon red hots, six-ounce bag
  • 2 oranges, (zest and the juice)
  • 2 apples, cored, peeled and grated

Add cranberry, apple and orange

Add a pat of butter to reduce the foaming when boiling the cranberries and sugar.
Add a pat of butter to reduce the foaming when boiling the cranberries and sugar. | Source

Instructions Canning Cranberries

  1. You will need: 10 pint sized mason jars, lids and rings Pick through and sort 6 bags of cranberries, fresh or frozen. Prepare jars, lids and rings for canning. Zest orange and squeeze juice. Peel and chop apple. Set aside.
  2. Measure 6 cups of water and six cups of sugar into a large, heavy pot. Bring to boil. Stirring occasionally to dissolve candies and sugar.
  3. After candies are dissolved, add cranberries to the boiling sugar water mixture. Add 1 teaspoon of butter. The butter is optional but it will reduce foaming.
  4. Measure 6 cups of water and six cups of sugar into a large, heavy pot. Add 6 ounce bag of red hots to water and sugar mixture. Bring to boil. Stirring occasionally to dissolve candies and sugar. IF you do not want the heat of the cinnamon oil in the Red Hots, substitute a 3" cinnamon stick. After candies are dissolved, add cranberries to the boiling sugar water mixture. Add 1 teaspoon of butter. The butter is optional but it will reduce foaming.
  5. Bring to boil, reduce heat to slow boil, cooking for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Remove the cinnamon stick if used Stir in orange juice and zest. Fill hot jars with hot cranberry sauce. Clean rims and add lids. put the rings on until fingertip tight.
  6. Place in a boiling water bath. When the water returns to a boil, process for 10 minutes. Turn off heat. After 5 minutes, lift jars out of water.
  7. Set on towel and do not touch jars for 24 hours. They will seal and you will hear a pop when the jars have sealed. Be sure to date and label when completely cooled.

Creative cranberries

Versital cranberries can be seved with turkey, of course. But it's also great on hot rolls, biscuits, and turkey sandwiches.
Versital cranberries can be seved with turkey, of course. But it's also great on hot rolls, biscuits, and turkey sandwiches. | Source

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Holiday Vinaigrette

From leftover cranberry relish

Turn leftover cranberry sauce into a holiday vinaigrette for salads or use as a glaze on baked chicken.

1 cup cranberry sauce
2 tablespoons tarragon vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar or 1 packet of stevia
1/2 cup oil (olive, canola, your choice

Put all ingredients, except oil, in lidded pint jar. Shake until emulsified. Remove the lid, add
oil, replace lid. Continue to shake, or use a stick blender, to mix the salad dressing.

Store in refrigerator.

All American fruit

The cranberry, blueberry and Concord grape, are Americas only three native fruits.

PB&J Cranberry Preserves

Buy and freeze cranberries in the fall to use year round.
Buy and freeze cranberries in the fall to use year round. | Source

Cranberry knowledge

You can substitute Craisins® for fresh or frozen cranberries. If a recipe calls for one cup of fresh cranberries you should use 3/4 cup of Craisins®

One of the funniest questions asked on the Ocean Spray Consumer Helpline, “When you make the sauce, how do you make the line in it?”

Have your cranberries and freeze them too

Fresh cranberries only appear in the grocery store in fall, October, November and December. I love cranberries. Just having them available only in the fall, is not enough. However, cranberries may be frozen with no additional steps.

Buy a couple of extra bags of cranberries and toss them in the freezer for later use. Use frozen cranberries in recipes without thawing. The best results are obtained without thawing according to the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association (CCCGA).

The Ocean Spray version of cranberry relish is on their website along with loads of recipes and fun facts. Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish

American Fruits

The cranberry, blueberry and Concord grape, are Americas only three native fruits.
Native American Indians were well aware of the health benefits of this Vitamin C-rich fruit. Early New England sailors are said to have eaten wild cranberries to prevent scurvy.

Pilgrims may have given the fruit it’s name, “cranberry.” The little pink blooms that appear in the spring look like the head and bill of a Sandhill crane, hence the original name “craneberries,” now “cranberry.”

Funnies cranberries & turkeys

And finally,

I still remember the most hokey jokes that my brother would tell shortly after the monthly “Boys’ Life” magazine arrived in the mail. Here are a couple:

  • Pat: What’s the difference between a pirate and a cranberry farmer?

Jerry: I don’t know. What?
Pat: A pirate buries his treasure, but a cranberry farmer treasures his berries.

  • A lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store, but couldn’t find one big enough for her family.

She asked a grocery stocker, “Do these turkeys get any bigger?”

Stocker “No, ma’am. They’re dead.”

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  • Patsybell profile imageAUTHOR

    Patsy Bell Hobson 

    3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    I make it for Thanksgiving dinner and small jars to send home with family. It has become a must-do-this project. Thank you for reading my hubs. I appreciate your kind words.

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    ezzly 

    3 years ago

    I love cranberries , very detailed hub thanks for writing this ,going to try this for Christmas ;)

  • Patsybell profile imageAUTHOR

    Patsy Bell Hobson 

    4 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    teaches12345, welcome. Thank you for reading my hubs. I do not like hot stuff. The heat from the cinnamon oil is diluted by sugar, apples, and oranges.

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    Dianna Mendez 

    4 years ago

    I love the red hots idea but not sure my family would eat it as such -- more for me! The apples are a great idea as an add to the relish. Thanks for sharing this recipe idea.

  • Patsybell profile imageAUTHOR

    Patsy Bell Hobson 

    4 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    Red hots get their heat from cinnamon oil. If you are not familiar with red hots candies, start with less and add more after taste testing. Thanks for the comment.

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    Claudia Mitchell 

    4 years ago

    I love the idea of adding red hots. This looks really yummy!

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