Do you want to prepare delicious cranberry meals? Cranberry preserves, cranberry orange jam and cranberry raspberry preserves are 3 easy, quick and delicious cranberry recipes to get your productive juices flowing.

Below are the recipes so you can try them out at home:

1. Cranberry Preserves

Ingredients:

– 2 medium apples
– 3 cup sugar
– 3/4 cup water
– 4 1/2 cup cranberries
– 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
– 1/4 cup creme de cassis

Directions:

– Peel, core and coarsely dice apples.
– Heat sugar and water in heavy large saucepan over low heat, swirling pan occasionally, until sugar dissolves.
– Add cranberries, apples and lemon peel. Bring to boil.
– Reduce heat to medium and cook until consistency of thick jam, stirring frequently, about 20 minutes.
– Stir in cassis to taste.
– Cool completely before serving (Can be stored in refrigerator for 1 month.)

2. Cranberry-Orange Jam

Ingredients:

– 4 cup (1 lb) fresh or frozen cranberries
– 3 cup water
– 3/4 cup orange juice
– 1/4 cup lemon juice
– 4 cup sugar
– 2 pouches certo liquid pectin

Directions:

– Place cranberries and water in a heavy-bottomed 8-10 qt pan.
– Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until berries begin to pop (about 10 minutes).
– Drain well, reserving liquid.
– Place cranberries in a blender or food processor and whirl until smooth; add enough of the reserved liquid to berries to make 4 cups.

– Return berry puree to pan.
– Stir in orange juice, lemon juice, and sugar until well blended.
– Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly; then boil, stirring for one minute.
– Remove from heat and stir in pectin all at once.
– Skim off any foam.

– Ladle hot jam into hot, sterilized half-pint jars, leaving 1/4″ head space.
– Wipe rims and threads clean, seal, blah, blah, blah.
– Process for 5 minutes in boiling water bath.

Makes about 6 half pints.

3. Cranberry-Raspberry Preserves

Ingredients:

– 6 cup raspberries (3 pints)
– 2 1/2 cup sugar
– 3 cup cranberries (12 oz. bag)
– 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
– 1 grated zest of 1 orange

Directions:

– Stir together the raspberries and 1 cup of the sugar in a medium bowl and let stand for 1 hour.
– Stir the cranberries and the remaining sugar together in a non reactive shallow preserving pan and place over high heat.
– Stir constantly so the sugar does not burn until the cranberries begin to release juice, about 5 minutes.
– Continue cooking until all the cranberries have popped and the mixture is syrupy and comes to a boil.
– Skim off any foam that forms on top and continue to cook and stir until the mixture thickens, about 10 minutes more. – Add the raspberries and all their juice and cook for 10 minutes more.
– Stir in the orange juice and zest.
– Remove a small amount of the jam to a saucer and place in the freezer for 5 minutes.
– If the mixture wrinkles when pushed to one side, it is ready. If not, continue cooking for 5 minutes and retest. – When the preserves are the right consistency, turn down the heat to a simmer and ladle into hot sterilized jars.
– Wipe the rims clean with a damp towel and seal with new lids and metal rings.
– Process in a hot-water bath for 5 minutes.
– Remove, cook, check seals, label, and store.

Makes 4 one pint jars.

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