Holiday Cranberry Conserve

Liz Owen


Note: What is Conserve? Conserves are made with dried or fresh fruits and nuts and are cooked. They have a very thick and chunky texture. Conserves work very well as a spread and as a condiment for meats and cheeses. This recipe works well with pork or turkey.

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Makes 2 cups


10 Min


25 Min



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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This cranberry conserve is sweet, tart and will be a great addition to your holiday table. With an occasional crunch from the pecans, this is a great substitution for traditional cranberry sauce. It'll be really good on your leftover sandwiches too.


3 c
fresh cranberries
1 c
1 1/2 c
orange juice
2/3 c
apple cider
1 c
granulated sugar
1/3 c
firmly packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp
apple cider vinegar
3/4 tsp
ground coriander
1 stick
3-inch cinnamon stick
fresh mint leaves
3/4 c
chopped pecans - add after cooking conserve

Directions Step-By-Step

In a medium heavy saucepan combine cranberries and water and cook until berries burst, about 10 minutes. Drain.
Add all other ingredients except pecans and cook, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens, about 25 minutes.
Add nuts, stir to combine, and allow to cool.
Transfer to a glass bowl or jar and refrigerate, covered, for up to 2 weeks. Conserve may also be frozen in plastic food storage bags for up to 1 year. Alternatively, you can process hot mixture in sterilized jars and keep in a cool, dark place for up to 6 months.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Hashtags: #Cranberry, #condiment