We always use the same tool that my Mom has used for 60+ years: an old fashioned hand grinder. It makes squeaky, creaky noises while you make it and lots of super tart juice as a byproduct, which we often save for a really tart Jello we make for Christmas.
You could probably do it in small batches in a food processor, if you were careful not to overdo it (you don’t want applesauce texture).
We usually do this “to taste”, which makes posting instructions as a recipe seem a bit unhelpful, but I dare say you can judge how tart you like your food.
Cranberry Orange Relish
As bright and tart as possible!
- Fresh cranberries
- Fresh oranges (thin-skinned ones)
- Wash the fresh cranberries and pick over them to avoid any that are wilted, bruised, or look otherwise spoiled.
- Peel at least half the oranges and cut into quarters
- If you use a hand grinder, set up a bowl to catch the juice and a pan to catch the relish.
- Grind the cranberries and oranges, mixing together as you go. (see video)
- When all the berries are ground, mix in sugar a little at a time. We often do about 1/3 cup for 6-10 bags of cranberries, because we like it VERY tart.
- If the final mix seems too dry, mix back in some juice (this will add more tartness too).