Orange Ginger Cranberry Relish-Sugar Free

Sugar Free Cranberry RelishMy Grandmother Allie was a phenomenal cook. She started cooking and baking in mid-November and didn’t stop until early January.

I fondly remember many of the treats she made and her Orange Ginger Cranberry Relish was one of my favorites! It had just the right amount of tart and sweet along with the bursting flavor of citrus.

Sadly I didn’t start cooking until long after she passed away. Even if I did most of her recipes were in her head and adjusted by her palate.

A few years after we moved to Tahoe and it was just the two of us at Thanksgiving I started experimenting with different recipes to see if I could get one close to what I remember.

Here is my version. It’s a little more tart than hers because it relies on the sugar from OJ.

Orange/Ginger Cranberry Relish (Sugar-Free)

1 bag organic cranberries
2 cups 100% orange juice
1-inch piece fresh ginger with peel, minced or 4-5 medium pieces of candied ginger-candied ginger adds a little sugar
Zest of one large orange chopped
Zest of one medium lemon chopped
2 cinnamon sticks|
1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extractCoconut Sugar or orange juice concentrate, to sweeten to taste

Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan. Bring the sauce to a boil and then reduce heat to medium. Leave uncovered. Allow the sauce to simmer until thickened, about 45 minutes. The cranberries should start to open.

Cool slightly and taste. Add orange juice concentrate or sugar 1 teaspoon at a time, if you’d like. If you are aiming to stick with no added sugar use the orange juice concentrate for the natural sugar.

Not all orange juice or OJ concentrate is created equally. Make sure you read the label and look for one ingredient, Oranges

Since most traditional cranberry sauce recipes call for 1 cup (16 tablespoons) of sugar any opportunity to cut down on sugar without losing flavor is a great way to cut a few calories from a big meal.

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