Essential Thanksgiving food

Thanksgiving is an opportunity to make a meal from scratch. I do every year, with the exception of one item on the table.

Ocean Spray jellied cranberry sauce. From a can.

I know, I know. I’ve tried making every cranberry relish recipe you can dream or look up and it remains uneaten. Even the dogs wouldn’t eat it (not really. Never feed your dog dark fruit, seeds or dark turkey meat.)

So, every year, without fail, I buy two cans of Ocean Spray jellied cranberry sauce.

Here’s the recipe:

1) Buy two cans Ocean Spray jellied cranberry sauce
2) Punch a hole in the bottom end of the can.
3) Use a can opener to remove the lid.
4) Shake hard once over a serving plate. Listen for the slurp and plop noises.
5) Cut into slices.


This blog post is part of a blog-off series with a group of bloggers from different professions and world views, each exploring a theme from his/her world view. This was about exploring the theme, It’s Thanksgiving, so let’s blog about food To explore how others handled the theme, check them out below. I will add links as they publish.

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23 Responses to Essential Thanksgiving food

  1. I love that stuff! The cans conveniently offer straight lines around the circumference for even slicing. Gotta love the slurpy noises too.

  2. Nora DePalma says:

    That’s my favorite, too! Except I could eat the whole can in a few minutes. Nothing goes down smoother.

  3. My mother has made every relish from scratch and it is always the jellied cranberry sauce from the can that always disappears. I guess its the tradition.

  4. Joe Freenor says:

    AIEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! Not from a can! We used to do it that way when I was very young, but then my mother came across a very easy recipe for making it from fresh cranberries. Some water, some cranberries, lots of sugar, boil it, put in some lemon juice, let it sit overnight. It’s so easy it’s embarrassing, and it is absolutely the best cranberry sauce that ever was.

  5. Rufus Dogg says:

    That slurping sound is the best! For us, it’s a whole production and the last thing we do to set the table. Kinda embarrassing, but we all gather round as that jellied hunk slurp-plopped out of the can. I think sometimes, we even clap 🙂

  6. Rufus Dogg says:

    Oh, man I’m usually the one cutting it and when nobody is looking, slurp one big slice, down the gullet! Yum, just the right amount of tart.

  7. Rufus Dogg says:

    Amazing, isn’t it? And then a month later, the kids would be playing with the boxes and not the toys they got for Christmas. Never fails.

  8. Rufus Dogg says:

    Tried that, tried it all. Everyone goes for the canned stuff. I’ve just given up and resigned myself to the fact that Ocean Spray jellied cranberry sauce is going to be next to the stuffing made from scratch, the smashed potatoes, roasted turkey and the fresh green beans. Some mountains are just not worth dying on!

  9. Ginny Powell says:

    I LOVE the canned cranberry sauce!! I buy extra cans during the holidays just so I can have through out the year! I have had cranberry sauce made from scratch and it just doesn’t do it for me. Perfect blog post!

  10. Rufus Dogg says:

    I bought two cans for the blog post, one for the photo and one just in case anything went wrong… I have no idea where the contents of the can went that I used for the photo shoot 🙂

  11. Paul Anater says:

    I’m mortified. Fresh cranberries. Water. Sugar. Boil. Chill. Done.

  12. Rufus Dogg says:

    But you don’t get that slurpy sound 🙂

  13. Paul Anater says:

    That sound you hear is the noise your soul makes when its being cast into perdition and eternal torment.

  14. Joe Freenor says:

    Damn, Paul, I wasn’t going to be that harsh! Although why anyone would actually prefer that jellied [g-rated expletive, if there is such a thing!] is beyond me. In Montana and Idaho my parents did not have access to a lot in the way of fresh produce, so they used canned cranberry sauce, but always the whole, not the jellied. When they moved to Southern California in 1963, they discovered fresh cranberries and that easy, easy recipe. Wonderfully flavorful, tangy… just can’t say enough about it. The other is like jelly—bad tasting jelly!

  15. Rufus Dogg says:

    Soul? What is this of which you speak? 🙂

  16. Rufus Dogg says:

    Garbage, gunk, glop, goo.. all g-rated. I think it is just a tradition, not necessarily what it tastes like. It is the only time of the year that jelly is used.

  17. Ann Franks says:

    Love it! Well, I don’t eat the cranberry sauce itself, but from what I hear my family say, it’s just not the same if it doesn’t come out of a can. Anything else is just WRONG.

  18. Joe Freenor says:

    See now, that’s what happens to your soul when you start prefering the goop and the slurp from a freakin’ CAN over fresh cooked, absolutely delicious homemade cranberry sauce. Your soul goes so far away you don’t even know you ever had one!

  19. James Dibben says:

    Good grief! I refuse to eat anything that holds the shape of the can no matter how many hours they have been separated from each other.

  20. Rufus Dogg says:

    Don’t be hating on the Ocean Spray jellied cranberry sauce! One more mention and they send me a case of the stuff (not really)

  21. Love Paul’s comment! Happy Thanksgiving.

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