How to Remold Jellied Cranberry Sauce

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Jellied cranberry sauce can be remolded.
Jellied cranberry sauce can be remolded. (Image: cranberry saurce and a silver fork image by Jorge Moro from Fotolia.com)

Commercial jellied cranberry sauce in a can has been a staple of the holiday table for decades. It is usually served in the ridged cylindrical shape that it has from being in the can, or else sliced and cut into shapes with cookie cutters. But you can take the whole can of jellied sauce and make it into something far more interesting looking than a cylinder. With a few simple additional ingredients and a small amount of work, you can remold the jelly into an attractive looking side dish for your turkey dinner.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 can jellied cranberry sauce
  • Double boiler
  • Spoon
  • Mold
  • Refrigerator
  • 1 package raspberry powdered gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 small orange
  • 1/2 cup crushed drained pineapple
  • 1 can jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts
  • Bowl
  • Mold
  • Refrigerator
  • Cherry gelatin powder (3 ounce package)
  • Water
  • Cream cheese (3 ounce package)
  • 1 can jellied cranberry sauce
  • Knife
  • Spatula
  • Mold
  • Refrigerator

Remolding Plain Jellied Cranberrry Sauce

Take a can of jellied cranberry sauce and remove the jellied sauce from the can. Put it in the top part of a double boiler and melt over low heat.

Gently heat the jellied sauce on the stove.
Gently heat the jellied sauce on the stove. (Image: detail of classical cooking stove image by Tomo Jesenicnik from Fotolia.com)

Break up the jellied sauce with a spoon, mixing gently. Continue to heat and mix the jelly until it is uniformly soft.

Use a spoon to break up the cranberry jelly.
Use a spoon to break up the cranberry jelly. (Image: spoon image by alri from Fotolia.com)

Take the softened cranberry sauce out of the pan and place it in a mold. Refrigerate or freeze until firm.

Refrigerate or freeze the mold until firm.
Refrigerate or freeze the mold until firm. (Image: teen with milk image by Joyce Wilkes from Fotolia.com)

Cranberry Mold With Fruit and Nuts

To create a more elaborate jellied cranberry sauce mold, dissolve one package of raspberry gelatin into a cup of just-boiled water. Stir to combine.

Make a mold with jellied sauce and raspberry gelatin.
Make a mold with jellied sauce and raspberry gelatin. (Image: raspberry image by Alison Bowden from Fotolia.com)

Then add a half cup of cold water. Refrigerate the mixture until thickened.

Add a half cup of cold water.
Add a half cup of cold water. (Image: measurig cup image by Adkok from Fotolia.com)

Meanwhile peel and dice a small orange and drain half a cup of canned crushed pineapple. Also prepare a quarter of a cup of chopped nuts.

Dice a small orange to add to the mold.
Dice a small orange to add to the mold. (Image: orange, , orange juice image by Greg Pickens from Fotolia.com)

When the refrigerated mixture is thick but not set, stir in the orange, pineapple and nuts as well as one can of jellied cranberry sauce.

Crushed pineapple and chopped nuts are also added to this mold.
Crushed pineapple and chopped nuts are also added to this mold. (Image: pineapple image by Maria Brzostowska from Fotolia.com)

Refrigerate in a mold or bowl until set and firm.

Set the mixture in a mold or a bowl.
Set the mixture in a mold or a bowl. (Image: ceramic bowl 2 image by BlueMiniu from Fotolia.com)

Cranberry Mold With Cream Cheese

Another molded dessert idea using canned jellied cranberry sauce also uses gelatin powder. Take a 3 ounce package of cherry gelatin and prepare according to the directions on the package.

Cherry gelatin helps reset the cranberry sauce in this mold.
Cherry gelatin helps reset the cranberry sauce in this mold. (Image: cherry image by AGphotographer from Fotolia.com)

Then add a 3 ounce package of softened cream cheese to the cherry gelatin mixture. Beat thoroughly until completely mixed.

Beat the gelatin mixture and cream cheese.
Beat the gelatin mixture and cream cheese. (Image: beater blades image by robert mobley from Fotolia.com)

Unmold your can of jellied cranberry sauce and carefully cut it into small cubes with a knife. The cubes should be about 1/2 inch in size.

Cut the jellied cranberry sauce into cube shapes.
Cut the jellied cranberry sauce into cube shapes. (Image: cubes image by Pavel Losevsky from Fotolia.com)

Mix the cubes into the gelatin-cream cheese mixture, taking care not to break them. Try folding them in with a spatula.

Fold the cranberry jelly cubes into the gelatin and cream cheese with a spatula.
Fold the cranberry jelly cubes into the gelatin and cream cheese with a spatula. (Image: spatule image by Unclesam from Fotolia.com)

Pour the whole mixture into a mold and refrigerate until firm.

Refrigerate the gelatin mold until it is firm.
Refrigerate the gelatin mold until it is firm. (Image: contents of fridge image by Christopher Hall from Fotolia.com)

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