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Cranberry Orange Relish

Cranberry Orange Relish

Learn the process of making homemade relish and how the flavors will highlight any special holiday protein and add nutritional benefits!

Nutrition Spotlight

  • Cranberries naturally contain the flavonoid, proanthocyanidin (PAC) and other polyphenols that have potential health benefits such as fighting infection and healthy aging.
  • 1 cup of fresh, chopped cranberries has 5.1 g of fiber, 94 mg of potassium and over 20% of the daily value of vitamin C.
  • The flavors of oranges and cranberries sing joyfully together! Their health benefits also complement each other as well! This relish provides an excellent source of fiber and vitamin C that will leave your belly full and body happy!
  • Apricots are full of flavonoids! These antioxidants help maintain heart health and reduce our risk against disease!
  • Cinnamon has been shown to reduce inflammation and lower blood sugar and triglyceride levels. Herbs and spices, such as cinnamon, cloves, and ginger, provide layers and layers upon flavor without any additional salt! If you wish to add salt to this relish for some additional flavor, try some fresh lime or lemon juice instead!

Key Techniques & Helpful Hints

  •  After purchasing, sort through package and throw away any fresh cranberries that are shriveled or discolored.
  • The high acidity and antimicrobial properties of cranberries allow them to store well, about a month in the refrigerator and up to a year when frozen.
  • To freeze fresh berries, lay flat on a baking sheet, place in freezer for 2-3 hours (This is so they don’t stick to each other when they freeze, industrial companies call this process individually quick frozen) then place in freezer bags.
  •  Add fresh or frozen cranberries to your favorite salsa recipe to create a zippy topping for grilled fish or poultry entrees.
  • Substitute dried cranberries for recipes calling for raisins or other dried fruits, although, make sure they are unsweetened. They’re especially good in stuffing that includes walnuts or chestnuts.


Makes 3 1/2 Cups | 50 Calories
  • 1 (12 ounces) bag fresh cranberries (about 3 cups)
  • 2 granny smith apples, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup unsweetened orange juice
  • 1/2 cup diced dried or fresh apricots
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


  1. Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the cranberries and apples and cook until cranberries begin to pop about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer until cranberries have broken down and relish is thick, 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Transfer hot relish into a glass bowl, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 or 5 days.
  6. The serving size is 1/4 cup.

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