10 genius ways to serve canned cranberry sauce with old-fashioned charm

Retro ways to serve canned cranberry sauce

Note: This article may feature affiliate links, and purchases made may earn us a commission at no extra cost to you. Find out more here.

Facebook
Pinterest
Twitter
LinkedIn
Reddit
Email

Having canned cranberry sauce this year? Don’t be shy about getting out the jellied stuff, because it turns out you can do lots of cute and creative things with it, from making little turkey cutouts to eye-catching Christmas trees.

For inspiration, take a little trip back in time with us to the middle of the 20th century! Not every idea will be new to you, but they all beat passing around a bowl with a plain can-shaped blob so people can chip off pieces with a spoon.

How to slice cranberry sauce: To make round slices, open the can at both ends, and slide out the contents. Cut into even slices, anywhere from 1/4″ to 3/4″ thick, depending on your preference, and if you’re serving the slices whole or with cut-outs.

How to make shapes & cutouts: Slice as above, and use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes. (Be sure the slices are not so thick that the cutter can’t get all the way through.) Use a thin spatula to transfer your cranberry sauce shapes to a plate, as shown in some of the photos below.

No waste — use the inverted portions: If you cut your turkey or another shape out with a small enough cookie cutter, the remaining slice of cranberry sauce will also be decorative, just with the design element removed from the middle. 

Cranberry sauce shape cutouts

Any extra pieces that break off or are too small to be served as-is can be chopped up and served with a spoon from a bowl, or saved for leftovers.

PS: If you like these, you’re going to love this retro recipe: How to make edible cranberry candles as your holiday salad.

Make canned cranberry sauce cutouts shaped like little turkeys (1940s)

Serve 7 turkeys for Thanksgiving! One on a platter, and six made from cranberry sauce!

There’ll be oh’s and ah’s aplenty when you bring on the Thanksgiving cranberry sauce cut in turkey shapes… easy to do with the novel turkey cutter illustrated below. No other like it! 

These “cranberry turkeys” will be the hit of your Thanksgiving dinner!

Make cranberry sauce cutouts shaped like turkeys (1940s)


Make jellied cranberry sauce Christmas trees the 50s way

Jellied “trees”: Slice two cans of sauce lengthwise, shape, deck with cream cheese. (Serve with food-safe “leaves” and whole cranberry “ornaments.”)

Jellied cranberry sauce Christmas trees the 50s way (1956)


Make a canned cranberry sauce porcupine and/or frozen molds (1956)

Open and serve it simply (as your mother did). Or surprise your family with one of the five gala gourmet twists shown here.

Thankgiving’s the day — of all days — for Ocean Spray cranberry sauce. The jellied sauce stands stiffly — supported by its own natural fruit pectins. 

The canned cranberry sauce porcupine: Jellied sauce, studded with slivered almonds. (Also see some old-fashioned rice and beef porcupines.)

Frozen rings (bottom right): Crush one can of jellied cranberry sauce with one cupful of ginger ale. Freeze in molds.

Sherried sauce (bottom left): To a can of jellied sauce, fork-mixed (or one of whole berry), add a jigger of sherry or white wine.

Porcupine - Creative things to do with canned cranberry sauce - Vintage ideas


Retro cranberry sauce cut-out bunnies for Easter (1956)

Retro cranberry sauce cut-out bunnies for Easter (1956)

ALSO SEE
Old-fashioned cranberry souffle salad recipes from the '50s

Canned jellied cranberry sauce stars with your Christmas ham (1961)

Canned jellied cranberry sauce stars with your Christmas ham (1961)


Canned cranberry sauce cut into heart shapes (1950s)

Canned cranberry sauce cut into heart shapes (1950s)


Serve jellied cranberry sauce slices with your Thanksgiving turkey (1961)

Juicy jellied cranberry sauce! Serve it sliced thick… folks love it so! Because no other sauce, condiment or flavoring can come close to the unique, natural taste and texture of cranberry sauce.

Serve jellied cranberry sauce slices with your Thanksgiving turkey (1961)


Cranberry sauce half-circle slices from 1960

Cranberry sauce half-circle slices from 1960


Canned cranberry sauce cuts as bases & garnish for chicken salads (1952)

How to make individual chicken-cranberry salads

Open cans at both ends to slide out contents whole. Slice the contents of the cans into whole slices and half moons.

Arrange in any of the ways shown here. Garnish with a dressing of 3 tablespoons cream cheese and 1/3 cup mayonnaise… serve on crisp lettuce leaves.

Canned cranberry sauce for chicken salads - Recipe from 1952
ALSO SEE: 20 classic homemade cranberry sauce recipes

PS: If you liked this article, please share it! You can also get our free newsletter, follow us on Facebook & Pinterest, plus see exclusive retro-inspired products in our shop. Thanks for visiting!

Facebook
Pinterest
Twitter
LinkedIn
Reddit
Email

You might also like...

The fun never ends:

Comments on this story

Leave a comment here!

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

See some of our books!