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Thanksgiving Countdown Day 5: Cranberry Orange Jelly

Cranberry Orange Pin

It’s so easy to make your own cranberry orange jelly and the flavor is superior to the can. Now, full disclosure, I love canned cranberry jelly. I use it for cooking and slice for sandwiches too. But it’s pretty much cranberry jello, right? Yummy but no depth.
Homemade cranberry-orange jelly has notes of orange and cinnamon, ginger, clove, or whatever other spices you like to add.
I hope you like this one. Now that cranberries are “in season,” they are inexpensive and freeze perfectly. Throw a few extra bags in your freezer just to make this recipe anytime you want a tart, sweet condiment.

Cranberry Orange Sauce

Homemade Cranberry Orange Jelly

Sweet, tart, and full of flavor, this cranbery orange jelly might just be the star of the party this Thanksgiving. No one needs to know how simple it is to make.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • Saucepan
  • measuring cups
  • fine mesh strainer if desired
  • Stick Blender if desired


  • 4 Cups Whole cranberries Fresh or frozen
  • 2 Cups White Sugar
  • 1 Cup Fresh orange juice Juice of 1 orange + enough water to = 1 Cup
  • 1 Peel Peel from one orange – Chopped
  • 1 Stick Cinnamon


  • In a heavy saucepan, combine all ingredients
  • Bring to a boil. Cranberries will burst and mixture will begin to coat your spoon.
  • Strain mixture through fine mesh strainer to remove seeds, orange peel, and spices if desired. Alternately, remove cinnamon stick and use a stick blender to blend to your preferred consistency.
  • Pour into serving dish and allow to cool until thickened
  • *I prefer to use Clementines because of their super sweet, orange flavor.
Keyword cranberry, homemade, Thanksgiving

Have you missed any of the Thanksgiving Countdown this year? Here they are!

Try these Thanksgiving dishes:

Squash Braided Bread

Never Fail Pie Crust

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