Cranberry Jelly: Test 1

The canned cranberry sauce for many is the iconic Thanksgiving condiment. This recipe is a nice upgrade to what you find at the grocery store, looks fancier, and is surprisingly easy to make at home.
Active Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Cooling Time3 hours
Total Time3 hours 30 minutes
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Yield: 2 cups


  • Small pot
  • Fine-mesh strainer


  • 2 12oz bags of cranberries
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 oranges, juiced
  • 1 orange rind
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  • All ingredients were combined in a small pot and set over medium heat. You could see it foam up as the cranberries begin to pop. Slowly the foam subsides and the berries all burst, the mixture thickens to a thick paste even when hot. This did not take long, roughly 15 minutes. You can see the progression of the consistency in the small gallery below. Towards the end I did start helping the berries pop to speed things up.
  • This mixture was then strained into a clean bowl while still hot. It is a bit of a process but not so bad. I simply used a rubber spatula to help push the juice through the mesh. Remember to remove precious juice from the underside of the strainer where it likes to collect. Your efforts should be rewarded with a beautiful clarified cranberry juice. Pour this juice into any container. A mason jar will give you the iconic canned look or a beautiful mold can turn this into an elegant presentation.
  • I refrigerated my jelly overnight but you should let it cool for at least 3 hours before unmolding.
  • I tend to not be in a hurry, so I prepared my jelly for unmolding by simply letting it sit on the counter while I cleaned the kitchen and prepped my food. You could also carefully run some hot water for a few seconds over the mold. This should loosed the sides enough to allow your cranberry jelly to come out cleanly.
  • DO NOT THROW OUT THAT PULP! Cranberry sauce muffins are a great way to us it up!


This recipe is another one for the bank. Simple and makes a great centerpiece. 


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Tali Perlov

I'm a baking addict with a history of messing around in a lab. Science, an intense interest in food and flavor, and creative genes! Thus, Exploratory Kitchen was born! A scientific approach to producing delicious and customizable foods with the aim to understand the ingredients and not just follow the recipe.

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