Dealer Joe’s Cranberry Orange Relish

Trader Joe's Cranberry Orange Relish

Apparently there are some cran-haters on the market, however I ain’t one in all ’em. I really like me some cranberries. Particularly this time of yr. Oh how I really like the sweet-tartness, the tang, the style of cranberries. However then, hmmm, it happens to me that I’ve by no means eaten an precise cranberry. I actually do not suppose I’ve ever had one in my life. I imply, I’ve had “craisins,” that are dried cranberry raisin-esque thingies. And likewise, apparently, that identify is trademarked by Ocean Spray, so it is truly Craisins®. Please do not sue us, Ocean Spray.

I’ve had cranberry sauce, cranberry jam, cranberry juice, cranberry juice blended with actually each different type of fruit juice, and cranberries baked into all kinds of confections. However why on earth have not I ever eaten a plump, juicy cranberry straight off the vine…? Bush…? Tree…? I do not even know the place cranberries develop.

Oh nicely. It might be a while earlier than I eat an precise entire cranberry in its pure state, however due to long-time reader and commenter NJ-to-TX, I used to be not too long ago reminded of this product, which I might heard about earlier than, however by no means actually paid a lot consideration to—and lemme inform ya’ it is crantastic. It has been round Dealer Joe’s for an extended, very long time. And, as is normally the case with such a product, that is a testomony to its scrumptiousness.

These things is nice. It’s extremely candy. It is truly a bit sweeter than conventional cranberry sauce by my estimation, and also you’d anticipate it to be so with 25g of sugar per serving. There’s loads of tartness, too, to make it rather less like a sweet and extra like a condiment.

There are precisely three elements: cranberries, sugar, and oranges. I am slightly stunned sugar is not the primary ingredient, however I assume cranberries are slightly candy on their very own. There’s undoubtedly extra cranberry taste, whereas the citrus kick of the orange is extra delicate and understated. It is a gorgeous stability of the constituent flavors.

Channeling my ten-year-old self that zeroed in on cranberry sauce over some other dish on the Thanksgiving Day desk, I took chunk after chunk straight out of tub upon first opening it. Sonia was much less enthused to eat it plain, and like an actual grownup, prefers it on turkey, tofurkey, stuffing, and/or mashed potatoes. It does go VERY nicely with all of these issues, however I might get inventive and check out it in pies, as a dip for hen nuggets, or no matter ridiculous combo pops into my foodie-hack mind in the meanwhile.

If you have not checked it out, I like to recommend making an attempt this rather than conventional cranberry sauce at your Turkey Day meal. $3.49 for the 6 serving tub. 4 and a half stars from me. Three and a half from Sonia.

Backside line: 8 out of 10.