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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This cranberry conserve may not replace traditional cranberry sauce during the holidays, but it will be a great addition to the table. It's slightly sweet and tart. We loved the occasional crunch from the pecans. It's a very versatile dish. It can be used with turkey or pork as suggested. But, it would also be delicious on a piece of savory chicken, over a block of cream cheese as an appetizer or added to a meat and cheese board. Yum! Test Kitchen Avatar The Test Kitchen


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Makes 2 cups
10 Min
25 Min


  • 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
  • 6
    fresh mint leaves
  • 3/4 c
    chopped pecans - add after cooking conserve

How to Make Holiday Cranberry Conserve


  1. In a medium heavy saucepan combine cranberries and water and cook until berries burst, about 10 minutes. Drain.
  2. Add all other ingredients except pecans.
  3. Cook, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens, about 25 minutes.
  4. Add nuts, stir to combine. Allow to cool.
  5. 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.

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About Holiday Cranberry Conserve

Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Collection: Thanksgiving Table

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