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

How to Make Holiday Cranberry Conserve


  • 1In a medium heavy saucepan combine cranberries and water and cook until berries burst, about 10 minutes. Drain.
  • 2Add all other ingredients except pecans and cook, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens, about 25 minutes.
  • 3Add nuts, stir to combine, and allow to cool.
  • 4Transfer 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.

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About Holiday Cranberry Conserve

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