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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Bogus Cranberry Marmalade

~ Bogus Cranberry Marmalade ~
In another post, I mentioned making cranberry marmalade, mainly for friend Mary, but also for me. She eats the stuff with everything...and I do mean everything! I don't make it to suit her exact taste because she likes it with a lot more sugar, but I try to stay away from a lot of white (processed) sugar. This time of year, I make a lot and am going to buy cranberries and freeze them so I can make it in July as well. Anything for a cheap thrill -grin-.

Usually I cook and bake from scratch but I'm not above using shortcuts. This is one of those shortcuts.


The reason it's called Bogus Cranberry Marmalade is I use a shortcut if I don't have any oranges on hand. Today, no oranges but I did have cranberries, sugar and Smucker's Orange Marmalade.















In a large colander, rinse the cranberries and place in a large, heavy saucepan. No need to dry the cranberries; heat over medium heat until they being to pop.



Continue heating for about 10 or 15 minutes, it really depends on how you like the finished product...with more whole cranberries or with fewer.  Add one cup sugar and stir to mix.  If you'd like it sweeter, by all means, add more sugar but do it sparingly. As you know, it's easier to add more but you can't take any away -grin-.
Heat cranberries and sugar until well mixed and glistening.


Add a jar of Smucker's Sweet Orange Marmalade and stir to mix. All the while, the cranberries will continue to pop as they heat.
I pour the marmalade into a Pyrex dish to cool before placing in glass jars for gift giving. I also have a traditional, non-bogus marmalade and I'll give that recipe after I go to the store and buy oranges. In the meantime, here are the ingredients and recipe...easier to copy and paste.
Bogus Orange Marmalade

2 bags fresh cranberries, rinsed
1 18 ounce jar Smucker's Sweet Orange Marmalade
1 cup white sugar

In a large, heavy saucepan, place the rinsed but not dried cranberries. Heat over medium heat until they being to pop.
Continue heating for about 10 or 15 minutes, it really depends on how you like the finished product...with more whole cranberries or with fewer.  Add one cup sugar and stir to mix.
Heat cranberries and sugar until well mixed and glistening.
Add a jar of Smucker's Sweet Orange Marmalade and stir to mix. All the while, the cranberries will continue to pop as they heat.

Enjoy and let me know how you like it or the changes you made to make it your own.

Blessings ~ cranberries ~ marmalade ~ friends ~ short cuts of a non-threatening nature ~

20 comments:

  1. That sounds really good. I don't do citrus but if I did I would sure try this! xo Diana

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  2. Mmmm~ this sounds wonderful, Sandra... I just recently tried my hand at drying cranberries in my dehydrator for the first time but this sounds too delicious not to try! ;)

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  3. This sounds so good and I do appreciate you giving us your adaptation with less sugar. xo

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  4. that sounds wonderful!

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  5. I found your blog through Susan's. That cranberry dish looks so delicious. Thank you for sharing!

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  6. Thank you for the recipe, it sounds delicious!

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  7. I absolutely love cranberries and I always freeze a bunch of bags too. However, I did have to limit the amount of sauce I ate out of my Thanksgiving batch simply because of the sugar in it. I will add the berries to everything I can, and cook a bunch in with pork tenderloin but I'm always looking for more recipes for them that don't require sugar. And I don't like to use artificial sweeteners. I will try your marmalade and just limit myself to dabs.

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  8. Looks delicious, nothing wrong with letting Smuckers do some of the work when you don't have time or oranges.

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  9. sounds yummy - I also like cranberry jezebel (adding horseradish to homemade cranberry sauce) I tend to like ZIP with my sweet -
    you are a good friend - using that nasty white sugar for someone's favorite sauce ( sometimes honey or molasses or agave just doesn't DO)
    I miss sugar - am doing very low carb - have to do it but OH for a big old platter of Christmas cookies - sugar and ALL
    sorry - hijacked your blog for my fantasies
    carry on -

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  10. This post makes me soooo jealous, I cannot find Cranberries, my dried and frozen huge stock from home has run out-the French haven't really cottoned on to Cranberries yet, they almost caught on a couple of years ago but not a can or bag to be found in my area! I copying the recipe just in case...thank you for sharing.

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  11. This looks wonderful!!!

    FlowerLady

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  12. Cranberries look delicious. Having a hunger pang for some. I didn't get any for Thanksgiving along with Dressing. Whah. So it's not too late to dine on some.

    Delightful blessings to you this Christmas Season.
    God bless,
    d

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  13. Sandra-- I think I'm in love with this recipe and will definately be making it my own-- the combination of oranges and cranberries is just fabulous!!
    Thank you for sharing the recipe--
    Vicki

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  14. Diana, fast, easy and delicious; it's a winner.

    Paula, how did those dried cranberries work for you?

    Sherri, most of us eat too much sugar anyway.

    Annie, it is tasty!

    Mrs. R. thank you for visiting; the cranberry dish is truly delicious.

    Debbie, if you make it, let me know how you like it.

    Dewena, you don't have to add as much sugar; use sugar to taste.

    TL, I'm good with letting a lot of others do work for me -grin.

    LindaSue, you may highjack my blog any ole time!

    Lynne, I am so sorry; want me to mail you a bag? Is that legal?

    Lorraine, it is pretty good.

    Deanna, freeze some and you can have them any time you want.

    Vicki, it's good, fast and easy; great combinations in my book -grin.

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  15. What an absolutely fabulous idea. I love cranberries and I love orange marmalade - it's a win-win!

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  16. This recipe sounds wonderful. I will definitely give it a try! Thanks so much. Merry Christmas to you...

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  17. Thank you so much for this recipe, which is right up my alley in terms of on-hand ingredients and degree of effort in the kitchen. A great idea for a special little gift to bring along on a holiday visit. I'll be making some soon!

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  18. Leigh, and it tastes great!

    June, if you like cranberries and oranges, you'll like this recipe.

    Quinn, you're welcome and it is a great little house gift.

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  19. I got this same recipe from Susan Branch's blog, and have been enjoying it for a month or so! It's great with my breakfast -- just a spoonful, and it's lovely on a turkey sandwich too. Yummy :)

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  20. MK, it's not quite the same recipe as Susan Branch...I use more cranberries, more orange marmalade and less sugar then cook mine on the stovetop. I believe she makes hers in the oven.

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