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How to Make a Cranberry Gelatin Mold

Wow your family and friends with this delectable Thanksgiving side dish.


  • Step 1: Mix hot water and pineapple juice Pour the liquid from the diced pineapple into a measuring cup and add hot water until you have 3½ cups of liquid. Leave the pineapples in the can.
  • Step 2: Heat it up Pour the pineapple liquid into a small pot or saucepan and set over medium heat.
  • Step 3: Add cranberries and sugar Add the cranberries to the pot, and stir in the sugar gradually. Cook until the cranberries begin to fall apart, five to 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • TIP: The mixture is ready when the cranberries begin to pop open.
  • Step 4: Dissolve gelatin Dissolve the gelatin in a half-cup of cold water and it add to the mixture.
  • Step 5: Let it set Let the mixture sit and cool until it begins to set, about 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Step 6: Add rest of fruit Add the pineapple, mandarin oranges, grapes, and salt and pour the mixture into a 2-quart mold.
  • Step 7: Refrigerate Refrigerate for a few hours, or until the mold is set.
  • Step 8: Flip and serve Place the top of a chilled serving platter against the top of the mold and flip both over. Loosen with a knife tip if needed. Garnish with mint sprigs and serve.
  • FACT: Did you know? In 1897, a cough-syrup maker bought the patent for dessert gelatin and turned it into a product his wife named "Jell-O."

You Will Need

  • 16-oz. can diced pineapple
  • 3 c. hot water
  • 1 qt. cranberries
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 3 tbsp. unflavored gelatin
  • u00bd cup cold water
  • u00bd c. diced mandarin oranges
  • 1 c. seedless green grapes
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2-quart mold
  • Chilled serving platter
  • Mint sprigs (optional)

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