Friday, October 16, 2020

Cranberry Jelly with orange

 This cranberry jelly is easy to make, especially with a steam juicer, does not need commercial pectin and is absolutely delicious served alongside your Thanksgiving turkey!

Makes approximately five 250 ml jars


3 lbs golden delicious apples

2 lbs fresh or frozen whole cranberries (for juicing)

1/2 navel orange, process into small bits in a food processor

2 cups fresh cranberries, process into small bits in a food processor

5 cups water

about 6 cups of sugar


Wash apples and cup into large chunks.   Place the apples, along with the cleaned and stemmed cranberries, into the top of the steam juicer. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 1.5 to 2 hours, being sure to check the water level in the steamer.

Measure strained juice into 6 quart pot.  Add 2 cups of sugar for every 2 cups of juice.  

Stir over low heat until sugar has completely dissolved.  Add the processed orange and cranberries

Bring to a boil and boil rapidly without stirring until candy thermometer reaches 220°F. (This temperature ensures that there is enough sugar for the pectin to form a gel.)

Remove from heat and skim off any scum that has formed on top of jelly.

Pour into sterilized jars. Seal and label.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Red Onion Relish- simmered in red wine and delicious!

This has been a family favourite for years!  And now I can pick my onions right from the garden.  I have used this relish to flavour gravies, added it to soups, garnished dishes, stuffed it into beets... Absolutely versatile and crazy delicious.  A great addition to the charcuterie tray, right next to the brie.

I have tripled this recipe mainly because I love it and a bottle of wine provided three cups.  Beware, it will take much longer to thicken, at a low simmer.

Makes approximately 3 - 250 ml jars

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Grand maman's Ketchup aux Fruits - continuing the French Canadian tradition

This ketchup evokes wonderful memories of traditional Christmas dinners and my mom's ketchup aux fruits.  It's a tradition worth continuing and I am happy to keep making it every fall.

You'll need all the fall favourites: tomatoes, peaches, pears etc.  It's easy to make and always a popular Christmas hostess gift.  


To make approximately 14 500ml jars.