This Homemade Cranberry Sauce is so easy, it can be made in 15 minutes, with only 3 ingredients, one of which is fresh cranberries, and tastes far better than the canned stuff.
When I was a kid, and even when I was a young adult, I had never tried cranberry sauce, other than what came out of a can, which I did not like. So if you had asked me during the first half of my life, I would have told you that I did not like cranberry sauce.
Then one Thanksgiving I was given the assignment to bring the cranberry sauce. So instead of just bringing a can, I decided to learn how to make it from scratch. I was shocked at how easy it was, how few ingredients it required, how quickly it came together, and how delicious it was.
Fresh cranberries, water, and sugar are all that is needed to make cranberry sauce. That is the base. Then if you choose you can add things to dress it up or customize it to your liking. You could substitute orange juice for the water, or add cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice. Perhaps you would like currants, pecans, or raisins.
How do you dress up your cranberry sauce?
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Homemade Cranberry Sauce
- 1 12-ounce bag fresh cranberries, rinsed
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, dissolve 1 cup sugar in 1 cup water. Add all the cranberries and heat for about 10 minutes until most of the cranberries have popped.
- Remove from heat. Cool completely at room temperature. The cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools. Transfer to a serving dish and either serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
Have more cranberries, try this Homemade Fresh Cranberry Christmas Cake.
This Cranberry Chicken Salad Sandwich makes a delicious lunch the day after Thanksgiving.