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Ms. Brackney’s homemade cranberries for the holidays

Mrs. Brackney’s “Homemade Cranberries”

Homemade Cranberries


  • 1 bag of fresh cranberries (if it’s frozen fresh cranberries it’s okay)
  • 3 granny smith apples cubed
  • 1 small bag of dried cherries
  • 1 small bag of raisins
  • Orange zest from 2 oranges
  • 2 cups of orange juice plus the remaining juice from zested oranges
  • Sugar to taste


Instructions Checklist

Step 1

Put cranberries, apples, dried fruit, orange zest and orange juice in a lidded pot and cook over the stovetop until the cranberries have popped and softened over medium heat.  10-15 minutes.

Step 2

After cranberries are popped, use a potato masher and squish the berries, I suggest using an oven mit because you still want them to be hot when you do this step.  This will squish the berries and apples but not pulverize them for a good bite.

Step 3

They will be super tart so plan on adding a good amount of sugar.  I don’t know the exact amount so you will have to taste as you go along until they are at the sweetness that you desire.

Step 4

Allow them to cool in the pot until it is safe to put them in a plastic container and cool in the fridge until mealtime.

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