No More Canned Cranberry Gel-Alien

Do you love cranberries but hate that can of red goo that gets plopped out at Thanksgiving? Do yourself a favor and mix up some real cranberry relish! I’ve been serving this for years and wonder why more people don’t.

Cranberry-Orange Relish

Excellent replacement for the canned gel
Author: John MacDowall


  • 2 cups fresh or thawed frozen cranberries
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 large fresh jalapeno chili seeded, finely chopped
  • 2 blood or navel oranges peel, pith removed flesh separated into segments juice reserved
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp grated fresh peeled ginger
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 stalks celery cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint coarsely chopped, leaves
  • 1/4 cup pecans toasted, coarsely chopped


  • Place cranberries in food processor, and pulse to chop coarsely, about five pulses. Transfer to a medium bowl.
  • Add onion, jalapeno, lime juice, orange sections and juice, ginger, sugar, and celery; mix gently. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 2 days. Just before serving, add mint and pecans, and toss to combine.

About John MacDowall

I was born in Poughkeepsie, NY. We moved to a farm during middle school where I learned about raising animals and growing food. Now, I live in the affluent suburbs of Washington, DC and wonder why people eat the way they do.

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