BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Bloomfield resident 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 the weekend before Thanksgiving every year.
Stilwell's jelly was been the subject of a great deal of chatter in town back in 2016. Then. 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.
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.