18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Tuesday, November 25, 1913: Nothing to write.
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.
1 quart cranberries
1/3 cup water
Juice and pulp of 2 oranges
Grated rind of half an orange
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup chopped raisins
1 cup walnuts, chopped
Wash the cranberries and put into a medium saucepan. Add the water, oranges, sugar and raisins. Cook until the cranberries burst and are soft. Remove from heat, and stir in nut meats. Put into a bowl and chill.
Adapted from recipe in Ladies Home Journal (November, 1913)
This dish is excellent. The orange and raisins nicely balance the tartness of the cranberries, and the nuts add a nice texture. This recipe is a keeper and I plan to make it for Thanksgiving.
16 thoughts on “Old-fashioned Cranberry Conserve”
Great recipe 🙂 Loved it. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Sounds very good. We usually have cranberry with orange peel, but I am not sure if it includes raisins and nuts.
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?
I do–“Nut meats” has such a quaint sound to it.
I’m sure Grandma and her family were busy getting ready for Thanksgiving!
This recipe has to be soooo delicious.
blessings ~ maxi
Hmmm, that sounds good! I never added walnuts to the cranberry preserves. I will give it a try. Thanks for sharing!
It looks delicious 🙂
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.
I love these old fashioned recipes! The addition of oranges and walnuts sound so good. Thanks for sharing your family traditions. 🙂
Yum! Sounds delicious.
No cranberry sauce from a can for you! This sounds very good . . . except the raisins. I think I’ll leave them out. Sorry.
I’ve made cranberry sauce with oranges before, but my recipe didn’t include nuts. Next time I’ll add them. 🙂
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.