Not from a Can Cranberry Relish!

Last month Elizabeth Ann of Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box, Allison of Cupcake Diaries and Whitney of Harvest Home and I hosted a fall link-up, today we are featuring all things Thanksgiving and next month on December 10, we will have a Christmas link-up for you to link up any food or decorations. Hope you will join us today and then next month as well!

Some things that I like that come out of a can are: chipotles, pureed pumpkin, the occasional soda pop (and yes I just did say soda pop!), mushroom soup, hm.. maybe that is about it. I don't believe in veggies in a can and especially not cranberry sauce. I believe I didn't know cranberry sauce existed in a can until about 7th or 8th when my uncle who I am surprised because he is super health conscious loved cranberry sauce in a can. Why, didn't I know about cranberry sauce in a can because my mom never bought it because we made the real stuff, with the bag of cranberries into a sauce pan with a few other ingredients and there, you go homemade cranberry relish. 
Oh and then to add insult to injury, I didn't realize until after college about putting cranberry relish on the turkey. I just thought it was a side dish to eat plain. Boy, a whole new world opened up before me once I realized that cranberry relish was meant to actually be eaten with the turkey.

I believe in homemade being the best taste-wise but also the best for your body. So clearly today, I will not be pulling out my can opener for you all but pulling out some delicious ingredients like whole cranberries, orange juice, raisins, whole cloves, etc. to make homemade cranberry relish. This recipe was/is a staple on Thanksgivings growing up and will continue for every Thanksgiving after!

Let's make the cranberry, not from a can, relish!
First, gather together your ingredients. 1 bag (12 ounces) fresh cranberries, 1 1/2 cup orange juice, 1 cup chopped apples, 1 cup raisins, 2 2 1/2" julienned stripes of orange peel, pith removed, 1 3" cinnamon stock, 8 whole cloves, 2-3 tablespoons red wine vinegar.


*In case you were wondering, the pith is the white layer between the rind and the fruit of the orange and to get some of the orange peel, I took a peeler and peeled some of the orange rind and removed the pith if there was some on the rind. Julienned means cutting the orange rind into thin, uniform-sized matchstick thin strips.

In a sauce pan, add the cranberries, orange juice, raisins, chopped apples, orange peel, cinnamon stick and cloves, everything but the red wine vinegar.







 Bring the ingredients to a simmer on low heat until the cranberries burst and the mixture thickens, about 10 minutes.




Remove the sauce pan from the heat, add in the red wine vinegar, stir and then let the cranberry relish cool before you serve. The cranberry relish can last up to a week refrigerated.

Then serve, eat and enjoy with your Thanksgiving turkey and all the other fixings!


38 comments:

Helene said...

wow! this looks so delicious, i love cranberry sauce so much. I love the orange zest and cinnamon.

Kristin said...

I've never had cranberry relish, only plain sauce (from a can and home-made). This sounds so good! I love that it has apples and raisins too.

Alissa said...

OK this I might actually like! I hate the canned stuff!

Amanda Raborn said...

THIS looks amazing! Keep the recipes coming! :)

Amanda
It’s An Easy Life

Megan said...

Oh my, I bet that is good! My mom always makes a cranberry jello dish with real cranberries. I never think to eat cranberries except for around Thanksgiving. I will have to pass this recipe along! :)

Danielle said...

I love cranberries and this looks delicious. Our family always served the canned cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving with the indents from the can still viable and everything. Blech!

Rachel said...

Ok- this looks so good! I don't ever eat the cranberry "stuff" on Thanksgiving, but something like this I would enjoy!

Life Unsweetened

Tarabelle said...

I am hosting Thanksgiving for the first time this year (EEK!). I may just use this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

Tara

http://tarabelle-adropofink.blogspot.com/

Courtney M said...

I pinned this so I can remember how to make it next week!

Thanks for sharing!!

Sarah and Stewart said...

I actually know quite a few people who prefer it out of the can, but I think this looks MUCH yummier!

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

I don't like canned cranberry anything, but this looks completely amazing! Love that it is made from scratch. :)

Joy said...

You make it look so easy. However, we are the ones who use it out of a can. Maybe I can get the ingredients together to try at Christmas this year!

helen said...

you are too amazing. this looks so legit, and i would love to have some next week for thanksgiving!

his little lady said...

Oh gosh, this looks absolutely delicious! So perfect for Thanksgiving ;)
xo TJ

REBrown said...

Yum! I made a cranberry chutney last year that looked really similar.

Ashley Barnhill said...

OMG this looks SO SO SO good!!!!!!!!! I will definitely be making this!

Rod and Alex - aka: "Rolex" said...

I am the queen of cooking short-cuts...but I really think I'm going to try home-made cranberry sauce this year. I like cranberry sauce from a can...but I LOVE LOVE LOVE homemade! Thanks for sharing!

Erin said...

This looks delicious! :) Thanks for sharing it!

christina said...

yummo!

Jessica said...

This stuff is sooo good! Especially with the orange and apple :) Thanks for sharing!

Denise Lopatka said...

thankkkk you so teaching us your kitchen ways. excited to try this out.

Sarah said...

I've never made cranberry relish and this looks (and seems like it would smell) amazing!! I am making a mental note to join your next link up! I hate I missed this one!!

Stesha Jordan said...

yummy yummy!!! you need to have your own cooking show :)

xxS

tiff@thecoffeehouse said...

You really don't want to see me try to make this. But it sure looks amazing! And impressive.

CALLIE said...

Can I just say that I have been thinking about this ever since I first read/saw it this morning. I mean, I don't know that I've ever even had a cranberry bc I'm sure as hell not eating that cranberry sauce out of the can jello looking stuff... but this... this looks divine..

Can I crash your Thanksgiving dinner??

Sarah said...

I didn't know that you could have fresh as well. I always grew up with it in a can...ew. Not until I started dating my husband, now I put it on EVERYTHING, literally everything on my thanksgiving plate, yum yum! This looks great, will have to try it out!

Elizabeth Ann @ Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box said...

I pinned this! ;-) Looks amazing!

jillian at faith that laughs. said...

look really good! you always have some many great recipes to share! love it. xoxo

Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

Ohh... I can almost smell it!! YUM!

Emily said...

Yum! We are not a fan of cranberry relish in a can either. My Mom always makes it fresh as well! I think her recipe is very similiar!! Thanks for hosting a fun link party!!

Emily said...

Yum! We are not a fan of cranberry relish in a can either. My Mom always makes it fresh as well! I think her recipe is very similiar!! Thanks for hosting a fun link party!!

Brooke said...

Looks super delish!

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Kat@shop.school.sleep. said...

This looks yummy!! I can't cook...or rather leave the Thanksgiving cooking to everyone else and just supply the opies, but this really does look simple to make :)

amy (fearless homemaker) said...

This looks fantastic! I actually didn't have any cranberry sauce/relish this year at Thanksgiving dinner - there wasn't enough room on my plate + then I forgot to go back for some! Now you've got me craving it. =)

Val said...

This looks like the best cranberry sauce, ever.

Hilary Lane said...

I'm definitely pinning this because it looks amazing & I love all things cranberry. I could eat canned cranberry sauce by the pound, though! I can't eat turkey without it.