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Old 11-17-2017, 05:52 PM
 
Location: The Land Mass Between NOLA and Mobile, AL
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I'm a moderately experienced home canning type of person.

I'm looking at recipes for cranberry chutneys (suitable for holiday gifts). I've subbed juice for water and some sugar in preserving recipes before. For this application I'm thinking of putting a cinnamon stick in each of the jelly jars before filling and sealing. I can't see how this would cause any problems. Thoughts? (My recipe does not call for pectin, so creating a seal should not be a problem--I know the difference between jelly and jam in consistency).
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Old 11-18-2017, 09:25 PM
 
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My grandmother made a cranberry relish & I add chopped roasted pecans to it when I make it. I think a cinnamon stick might make it bitter over time. A piece of vanilla bean in each jar, I would use in a heartbeat.

Here's the original old recipe dated 1928-

2 cups cranberries, cut in half
1/2 orange, chopped fine
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup raisins, chopped fine
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 tsp each ginger, cloves, cinnamon

Cook all ingredients, except spices, until thick. Then add spices cook 5 minutes more. Put in sterilized glasses & seal with paraffin.

**I add nutmeg & chopped roasted pecans. But I use it within a couple weeks. I am not sure how the nuts would fair over time.

I also make a variation of this using blueberries and use on roast lamb.

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Old 11-19-2017, 07:10 AM
 
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My grandmother made a cranberry relish & I add chopped roasted pecans to it when I make it. I think a cinnamon stick might make it bitter over time. A piece of vanilla bean in each jar, I would use in a heartbeat.

Here's the original old recipe dated 1928-

2 cups cranberries, cut in half
1/2 orange, chopped fine
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup raisins, chopped fine
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 tsp each ginger, cloves, cinnamon

Cook all ingredients, except spices, until thick. Then add spices cook 5 minutes more. Put in sterilized glasses & seal with paraffin.

**I add nutmeg & chopped roasted pecans. But I use it within a couple weeks. I am not sure how the nuts would fair over time.

I also make a variation of this using blueberries and use on roast lamb.
Thank you. I may avoid the cinnamon stick variation. Blueberry jam goes great with lamb. It also pairs well with brie (the cheese).
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Old 11-19-2017, 04:33 PM
 
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Thank you. I may avoid the cinnamon stick variation. Blueberry jam goes great with lamb. It also pairs well with brie (the cheese).
Indeed. Love warm brie.

We make holiday molasses thumbprint cookies filled with mincemeat. I think a fruit relish/chutney might work, too.
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Old 11-20-2017, 02:51 PM
 
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Indeed. Love warm brie.

We make holiday molasses thumbprint cookies filled with mincemeat. I think a fruit relish/chutney might work, too.
I'm going to add some real vanilla, and a tiny bit of orange peel in each jar, mostly because it looks festive.
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Old 11-20-2017, 02:55 PM
 
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Good thinking! That will add that special touch without running the risk of a failed experiment.
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Old 11-20-2017, 03:17 PM
 
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Indeed. Love warm brie.

We make holiday molasses thumbprint cookies filled with mincemeat. I think a fruit relish/chutney might work, too.
That would totally work. I like all kinds of jams and shortbread, which is essentially a cookie.
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Old 11-20-2017, 03:45 PM
 
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Good thinking! That will add that special touch without running the risk of a failed experiment.
We'll see how it works. The five jelly jars are in the water bath, and the rest is for Thursday for mr. diva and me.
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