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Cranberry Apple Salsa

December 20, 2011

Making cranberry garlands is tedious work! I called it quits after threading just a cup of cranberries, which turned out to be enough for our two-foot tall tree. This left me with about 5 cups of leftover cranberries – a great inspiration for canning. This was most welcome, since cranberries are the very last of the season’s local fruits and I’ve been eyeing my already-dwindling preserve stash with unease.

Though this recipe is for a salsa, you shouldn’t feel you can eat the results only with burritos and tortilla chips. You can consider this a spread as much as a salsa. In fact, I prefer it on a toasted piece of whole-grain bread – this no-knead multi-grain peasant bread from The Kitchn, for example.

I’ve slightly adapted this recipe from one I found in an article on cooking with cranberries on Here’s what you’ll need to make four 12oz jars plus a bit to serve fresh:

  • 2 medium red onions, diced
  • 4 apples, cored and chopped
  • 2 jalapeno or serrano peppers
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 3 cups water
  • 8 cups fresh whole cranberries

And here’s what to do:

  • Add all of the ingredients except for the cranberries to a stockpot
  • Bring to a boil and then turn to low heat for 5 minutes
  • Add the cranberries and cook over medium heat for 30-40 minutes
  • If cranberries have not broken down at this point, use a potato masher to pop them
  • If you are canning the results, spoon the salsa into your sterilized jars, wipe the rims, add lids and rings, and place them in a hot water bath for 30 minutes. Remove and wait for lids to pop, storing in fridge for several weeks if they don’t.

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