I am literally counting down the days til we head out to Alberta for the holidays. We are spending it on my sister's farm just outside of Edmonton. And while I am not looking forward to the dry cold weather that will greet me, I am very excited to see my sister, brother in law and nephew. But most importantly, I am looking forward to seeing Mamacita Manning. I guess it's true that no matter how old we get, we still love the comfort that our mom's bring to our lives.
Mamacita Manning is on a break from chemotherapy and is feeling really good. 2016 has been a tough year for her so when I asked her what she wanted for Christmas this year and she told me nothing, I decided the best gift to give her would be food. I made this cranberry sauce last year and she absolutely LOVED it. So I decided to get a batch made before we headed out west, so that it could be a part of the gift I give her. Anything to spur on her appetite.
Super Easy Cranberry Sauce with a Kick
4 cups frozen cranberries
1 cup Orange Juice
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp grated orange rind
5 cups sugar
1 jalapeno pepper chopped
1 - 3oz package liquid pectin
Rinse your frozen cranberries thoroughly and place in a medium sized non reactive pot over medium heat, adding in orange juice, water and grated orange zest. Stir throughly and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for approximately 8 minutes or until cranberries have softened, stirring occasionally.
Reduce to low heat, add in sugar, peppers and hot sauce and stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Return to medium heat and while stirring continuously, bring contents to a full rolling boil.
Stir in the liquid pectin and continue stirring constantly until it returns to a full rolling boil. Boil for 1 minute and then remove from heat.
Allow to cool for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally before filling jars. Leave 1/4 inch headspace, wipe rims and threads, apply lids. Process in hot water bath for 10 minutes.
Approximate yield: 5-6, 250ml jars