Christmas Cranberrie Recipe but good for any seasonal time with any meats!

Christmas Cranberrie Recipe

Seriously please don’t think of this just for Christmas.  I had a bag of cranberries in my fridge, no idea why I had them and had an idea to use them immediately, no idea why either.  I googled recipes, most came up with jam, but I wanted something to use with meats.

If you are anything like ‘us’ then you will enjoy something sweet with your meats, ie a jelly especially to go with it, can’t do without it here, it’s either that or a pickle or a chutney.

It was super easy to make and wow tasted amazing, really did and I have loads left, even though half of it went from a pretty big pot.

I think this would go well with most meats.  It won’t go to waste here that is for sure.  Even the hardened “oh I don’t like this sort of thing” ended up trying it and devouring plenty of spoonfulls.

I got this recipe originally from Taste of Home


Christmas Cranberrie Recipe

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Process: 15 min.
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 2 packages (12 ounces each) fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel


  1. In a large saucepan, combine cranberries, sugar, orange juice and bourbon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 18-22 minutes or until berries pop and mixture has thickened.
  2. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and orange peel. Ladle hot mixture into four hot half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot mixture. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight.
  3. Place jars into canner with simmering water, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process for 15 minutes. Remove jars and cool. Yield: 4 half-pints.

This post is dedicated to Fiesta Friday #48

Thank you for reading and please do let me know if you try this out.

Have you made a cranberry dish to go with your meats before?

Did you have an amazing day yesterday or the day before?

Much love, Justine xxx

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  25 comments for “Christmas Cranberrie Recipe but good for any seasonal time with any meats!

  1. December 26, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Bourbon is a new twist and one I like. I usually add Grand Marnier to my cranberry sauce. Hmm – I have bourbon and a bag of cranberries that I was going to freeze 🙂

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    • December 26, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      ooh lala you must try it, please please hehe, i would love to see how you like it xxx


  2. December 26, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    I didn’t think cranberries were that popular in the UK? At least not when I lived there. Yours sounds lovely, I made mine too, but perhaps a shot of Grand Marnier might be the ticket for the next round? 🙂

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    • December 26, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      Hah yes maybe we hsould share recipes and yes cranberrie juice is really popular here for erm cystitis its kinda the thing it is known for lol. And at Xmas of course xxx

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  3. December 26, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    That looks yummy. We had boxing day lunch yesterday with all the roast meats and someone asked me where the cranberry sauce was! I forgot to get any sauces at all!! This recipe looks quite simple, I will have to try it. X

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    • December 26, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      Oh you should and its always odd to hear you doing stuff 24hrs ahead. This recipe is easy and quick xx

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      • December 26, 2014 at 10:40 PM

        Yes it’s weird, huh? It’s the day after Boxing Day now, almost 9am. Today, my friend and I will do a little shopping. Then another little party tonight. X

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        • December 27, 2014 at 4:49 PM

          oooh a party, sounds good, what kind of party? xx


  4. December 26, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    I saw your secret incredient in bold letters, Justine! 😉

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  5. December 26, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Looks delicious! I love cranberries and this sounds yummy 🙂 We also share the same name, so hello fellow Justine 😀

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    • December 27, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      oh wow hello there, Justine how weird haha, you know i know no one else with this name, so even typing it and it not belonging to me is really weird. Do you know any others as in friends? 🙂


      • December 28, 2014 at 6:33 PM

        I know no other Justines. It’s one of the most uncommon common names out there. Try to find a Justine keychain at an amusement park is always a task haha. Nice meeting you! 🙂

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  6. December 27, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    I was not a big fan of cranberries until I moved to Ireland- they eat it with anything really! It was like a discovery to me- I guess I will be trying this recipe soon then 🙂


    • December 27, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      Oh I had no idea they eat so manyl ol. You should try this recipe it really is easy and so tasty, please let me know if you do. Any plans for New Year? x


      • December 27, 2014 at 6:52 PM

        They eat it a lot- even cranberry juice is everywhere! I have no plans for New Year, will be spending it in France with my boyfriend and his family as per usual 🙂 I hope you’re going to enjoy yours! X


  7. December 27, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    I love cranberries with the orange, but have never added bourbon. Sounds like a wonderful yummy idea!

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  8. December 29, 2014 at 3:21 AM

    Will have to try it with the bourbon next time I make it.

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  9. December 30, 2014 at 6:36 AM

    I think I Love it already!!!


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