BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Jenn Stilwell's cranberry jelly recipe remains the worst kept secret in the township. First published in 2016 when TAPinto Bloomfield was only a few months old, this recipe will probably be published just before Thanksgiving every year. 

Stilwell's jelly was the subject of a great deal of chatter in town back in 2016. At the time. local business leader Izabela Van Tassel declared it "the best."  Within hours, under cover of darkness, in a scene right out of 'All the President's Men,' a container of Stilwell's cranberry jelly was passed on to TAPinto Bloomfield.

Without even having to file an OPRA request, TAPinto Bloomfield obtained the recipe for the citizenry. 

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Bloomfield's Best Rum Spiked Cranberry Jelly Recipe

Take 4 cinnamon sticks, 1.5 cups of water, 2 cups of sugar, 1/2  a tsp. ground ginger, 1 tsp. cinnamon and 1 1/2 tsp. ground clove and put them in a stock pot.

Boil until the sugar melts and then boil on low for about 5 mins.

Add 4 bags of fresh cranberries and 2 large peeled green apples (cored and diced) .

Cook the cranberries until they start to burst (about 10-15 mins on a low boil).

Allow the mixture to cool slighlty (for safety)

Using a hand blender, blend the mixture until you have your desired consistency.

Add 3/4 cup of spiced rum and boil on low for 5 mins.

Editor's note: this cranberry jelly is great topping on vanilla ice cream or gelato.

 

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