Old-fashioned Cranberry Conserve

18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Tuesday, November 25, 1913:  Nothing to write.

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Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Since Grandma didn’t write much a hundred years ago today, I’m going to share a great hundred year old recipe for Cranberry Conserve. It was in the November, 1913 issue of Ladies Home Journal in an article called “Good Things for the Thanksgiving Day Table.

Cranberry Conserve

1 quart cranberries

1 cup water

Juice and pulp of 2 oranges

Grated rind of half an orange

2 cups sugar

½ cup chopped raisins

1 cup walnuts, chopped

Wash the cranberries and add the water, oranges and raisins. Cook until the cranberries burst and are soft; add the sugar, stir until dissolved, skim, turn in nut meats, and chill in individual molds.

This dish is excellent. The orange and raisins nicely balance the tartness of the cranberries, and the nuts add a nice texture.

The navel oranges that I had were very large, so I used one orange instead of two.

When I made this recipe, to get a picture that was true to the recipe,  I molded one serving  using a custard cup for the mold. I put the rest of the Conserve in a large bowl and chilled.

The individual serving  was not very firm when I unmolded it, and I don’t think that it would hold it shape for very long.

This recipe is a keeper and I plan to make it for Thanksgiving; however,  I’ll skip the molding and put all of the Conserve in a large bowl.

16 Responses

  1. Great recipe :) Loved it. Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Sounds very good. We usually have cranberry with orange peel, but I am not sure if it includes raisins and nuts.

  3. Sounds delicious. I love a mix of orange and cranberries but I haven’t tried adding raisins and nuts. Don’t you like the term nut meats?

  4. I’m sure Grandma and her family were busy getting ready for Thanksgiving!

  5. This recipe has to be soooo delicious.
    blessings ~ maxi

  6. Hmmm, that sounds good! I never added walnuts to the cranberry preserves. I will give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Sounds good.

  8. It looks delicious :)

  9. I am not at the producing end of our kitchen so I won’t be trying your recipe but I will most certainly be on hand to evaluate the results.

  10. I love these old fashioned recipes! The addition of oranges and walnuts sound so good. Thanks for sharing your family traditions. :)

  11. No cranberry sauce from a can for you! This sounds very good . . . except the raisins. I think I’ll leave them out. Sorry.

  12. I’ve made cranberry sauce with oranges before, but my recipe didn’t include nuts. Next time I’ll add them. :)

  13. Conserves always has raisins and nuts in them.. That is why they are called conserves. I used to make a grape conserve and a beet conserve. Also a beet relish that was a lot like cranberry relish.

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