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It's Different, But It's OK.

The holidays this year will be very different than in year's past. This is 2020 after all. A lot of families aren't able to get together. One tradition that endures in our house, no matter what, involves a big jar of crack. Cranberry Crack that is. What is Cranberry Crack? It's a lovely orange infused cranberry jelly that started out as a filling for a cake, but has become our go to topping for everything during the holidays. It's good on toast, ice cream, cheesecake, even oatmeal. I made three batches yesterday, and will probably make three or four more before the holidays are over. It'll most likely be gone by New Years.

So of course, you want the recipe, right? Of course you do. And I'm happy to share.

Here you go: Cranberry Crack

Yields approximately 4 cups

3 cups fresh cranberries

1 (15 oz jar) cherry jelly

3/4 cup granulated sugar

Zest and juice of one orange

Add everything to a medium sauce pan and heat over medium-high heat until the cranberries all burst. Turn off and remove from heat. Allow it to cool slightly. I sterilize my jars just as if I were canning veggies. I probably don't need to because we eat it so fast, but you know ... safety.

I transfer the mixture into my 4-cup measuring cup, just so its easy to manage and transfer the mixture to the sterilized jars using a canning funnel. Make sure the rim is wiped clean and add the lids and rings. Once the jars cool, transfer to the refrigerator. Keep refrigerated.

Sending out my best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving, even if it's different. Make the most of it, and keep safe!


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