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birder17
Jackson, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 18, 2007
3:29 AM

Post #4305731

My friend buys enough fresh cranberries and puts up about 24 quarts for the rest of the year. I make cranberry relish and put it up also. A very fast way to make this cranberry relish is with a food processor. I love the relish and want to make up enough for the entire year. Yummm! I also use dried craberries in biscotti, nut bread, scones, yeast breads, cookies, and cereal. They taste like cherries in baked products.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

December 18, 2007
2:16 PM

Post #4306660

how does she put it up? with a canner? or does she freeze or refrigerate it? be careful - dried cranberries can contain a LOT of added sugar! what type do you use? xx, Carrie
birder17
Jackson, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 21, 2007
2:33 AM

Post #4315078

She puts them in zip lock baggies. Yes, we both use Splenda. She uses all spenda as her husb. is a diabetic. What kind? hmm. just the kind I buy in a bag from the grocer. "Ocean Spray fresh premium"?? She freezes them.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

December 21, 2007
3:03 AM

Post #4315205

So she uses fresh cranberries, makes fresh relish w/ Splenda then freezes them in ziploc bags. I was eating my (very tart) whole berry sauce for a month on toast with my eggs!

But I was just warning YOU about using sweetened versus unsweetened dried cranberries. I can't quite imagine the unsweetened ones tasting like cherries to me, currants or raisins maybe but not cherries! Then again I usually just eat cherries fresh straight raw uncooked whatever, so I guess i wouldn't know. xx, Carrie
birder17
Jackson, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 21, 2007
3:11 AM

Post #4315238

Here's the recipe: 1 bag cranberries, 1 orange, sugar to taste. Calls for 1 cup.
Cut up orange, (peel and all) into chunks. Put in food processor, add cranberries and sugar and process. Can add nuts to the food processor as well. yummm---on eggs and toast!
sherrymarie
Weatherford, TX
(Zone 7b)

November 23, 2009
9:07 PM

Post #7303425

I think my recipe is the fastest. I wait until fresh cranberries are on sale, after Thanksgiving in the USA. I throw the bags, as is, into the freezer. When I want cranberry sauce I empty one bag of berries into a very large glass bowl. I sprinkle about 1/4 cup of sugar over them. (I like my sauce tart.) I cover it, because it will definitely splatter. Then I microwave it on HIGH for 5 minutes. Stir or mash, depending on how whole you like your berries. Cool and refrigerate. This will keep for MONTHS or until you finish it. :) Enjoy!
fotofashion
Dayton, TX

November 23, 2009
10:05 PM

Post #7303592

Hey, where are the apples in your cranberry relish. The recipe (I haven't made it in ages) I had calls for apples, too.
Beverly A.
maggiemudpie
Golden Gate, IL

November 23, 2009
11:17 PM

Post #7303854

For seventy years this has been on our THANKSGIVING and CHRISTMAS table. Hope you like it.
cranberry salad
1 bag cranberries
2 apples 2 oranges 2 cups sugar
2 boxes red raspberry jello or cherry
grind cranberries and fruit also one half orange peel
mix well with sugar and nuts
using 3 cups water set jello half time
add fruit mixture and finish setting jello

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

November 24, 2009
12:13 AM

Post #7304059

I love you folks sharing recipes! I've never tried cranberry relish with apples; I also like things tart, and I worry that the apples would cut the tartness too much, but hey, it's worth a try next time. Thank you all for writing.
Liquidambar2
Mount Vernon, KY

November 24, 2009
2:51 AM

Post #7304543

Well heck!
I am having our Thanksgiving on Sat. because my daughter is a nurse and will be working then. Also I have invited the lost and lonely new neighbors. Both bred, born and raised in Mass. They for some reason thought they would move to Ky and live in a log cabin. Log cabins are rare, really! It is a very nice cabin full of polished wood. But anyway like I said they are coming too.

So, will it insult them if I just open the can from the store put it on a pretty relish dish and forget it???

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

November 24, 2009
3:34 AM

Post #7304686

Another thing to do with fresh Cranberries is this: Sharing this from memory only...

--Wash, sort and dry Cranberries.
--Whip a couple of egg whites until soft peaks
--Roll whole Cranberries in the egg-whites and then in powdered sugar.
--Freeze in a single layer--then you can bag them.

SO yummy to eat. The tart--balanced with the sweet. I bet kids would love them too as snacks.

Gita

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

November 24, 2009
6:57 PM

Post #7306327

L A, even in Massachusetts, canned cranberry sauce sells quite briskly - way more than the fresh. They can't possibly be offended. Even whole berry in the can isn't as popular as good old jellied!

And Gita, what a super idea! Thank you!
Liquidambar2
Mount Vernon, KY

November 24, 2009
8:09 PM

Post #7306511

Thanks carrielamont, I appreciate that bit of information, things are hectic enough right now as it is!

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

November 25, 2009
12:58 AM

Post #7307296

^_^
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

December 5, 2014
5:41 AM

Post #9984842

I made my first relish after having some from my D I L s mother . Learned it was her "signature dish " for the holidays (mine is pecan pie ) .I put the excess in small 1 cup containers in the freezer . Drug one out that I made last year and it was like fresh made . Oh , a bite of that with a bite of leftover Thanksgiving ham was the best snack ever . I'm stocking up on fresh cranberries so I can have it all year . I buy 150# of pecans each year to keep my son and family in pies and will add some to the next batch of cranberries . It takes a month to crack and shell those pecans so now I will be adding even more goodies for my own table . Thank you Carrielamont .
P S , another D G'er adds mint to hers .

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

December 5, 2014
9:53 AM

Post #9984993

You can freeze the whole berries, don't forget.

Thanks for your comment.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

December 5, 2014
7:17 PM

Post #9985216

I bought five bags today , and will add to that . My neighbor has an orange tree in his yard so I'll beg him out of a few . Has anyone ever eaten a pineapple orange ? I have two on my little tree this year and hope for more next year . I saw a tree in town behind an abandoned building . Maybe I can get enough for orange marmalade . I have to make it by the case in pints to keep up with the kids .
Yes , they are in the freezer . I'll make a large batch all at once when I get stocked up .
Finished up the ham ,some in freezer , and looks like beans tomorrow .

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

December 6, 2014
2:12 PM

Post #9985560

Yum. I love ham-and-beans. OTOH, I made split pea soup with a ham bone one year (over a few days...) and my step-daughter cannot look at ham anymore. (My bad.)

You can add (the frozen cranberries) whole to muffins and quick breads. Enjoy!

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