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Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce goes hand-in-hand with turkey.  I can’t imagine thanksgiving without cranberry sauce – it’s that vital.

“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare.  They are consumed in twelve minutes.  Half-times take twelve minutes.  This is not a coincidence.” – Erma Bombeck 

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

This simple homemade cranberry sauce recipe has four ingredients and only takes minutes to make.  What gives this recipe extra flavor is cooking the cranberries in orange juice versus just water.

I absolutely love cranberries.  I have an extra freezer that one self is devoted to cranberries when they go on sale.

If you’re a cranberry lover too, why not try making your own cranberry sauce so you have some on hand all the time?

Plus, it’s just such a beautiful dish.  Vibrant red jeweled cranberries makes any table look more beautiful, don’t you think?

How to use leftover Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce: 

Turkey, cream cheese, and cranberry sauce sandwich. (I’m drooling right now just thinking about this!)

You can add cranberry sauce to your morning yogurt.  It will make mornings a little bit more bearable.

One of my favorite ways to use homemade cranberry sauce is a glaze for chicken.  It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

You can use cranberry sauce as a topping for ice cream.  Any excuse for a bowl of ice cream, right?

Nuts glazed with homemade cranberry sauce adds a fun twist to them.

Top a bagel with cream cheese and then top the cream cheese with homemade cranberry sauce.  Yum!

Bowl of fresh cranberries on a towel

Here’s some fun facts about cranberries: 

1) The majority of cranberries grown in the United States come from Wisconsin.  In 2017, 62 percent of the cranberries came from there according to Agricultural Marketing Resource Center.   

2) Massachusetts, Oregon, Washington and New Jersey are also states that are known for producing cranberries.

3) There are only three fruits native to North America, and cranberries is one of them.  (I had no idea!  Talk about fun dinner conversation.) The other two are blueberries and Concord grapes.

4) Ninety-five percent of cranberries sold are through processed foods and only 5 percent of cranberries are sold fresh.

5) Cranberries are a perennial crop grown in man-made bogs or wetlands.

6) Nearly 400 million pounds of cranberries are consumed each year by Americans, with 80 million pounds being consumed Thanksgiving week alone.

7) Cranberries are loaded with vitamin C, fiber and manganese.

8) Wisconsin is home to the world’s largest cranberry festival.  The Warrens Cranberry Festival is a three-day festival celebrating Wisconsin’s state fruit.

The event features cranberry marsh tours, a recipe contest, and a gigantic parade.  It takes place the last full weekend of September each year.

9) Cranberries got their name because the pink flower of the plant looks like a crane.  They were originally called Craneberries.

10) The reason cranberries are cultivated in so few places is they need the perfect combination of sunshine in June, heavy spring rains, sandy, boggy soil, and a cold winter.

11) Cranberries are NOT grown in water.  In the summer, the bogs are dry while the plants are growing.  The bogs are flooded in winter to prevent the wind damage.  Most growers flood the bogs at harvest time to make it easier to collect the fruit.

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Here’s the recipe for Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce 

Ingredients for Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce 

12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries

1 cup of orange juice

1 cup white sugar

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

How do you make Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce? 

1) Rinse and clean cranberries.  Make sure you go through them to pick out any leaves or stems.

2) Over medium heat in a medium sized saucepan, dissolve the sugar in the orange juice.

3) Add the cranberries.  Cook for about 10 minutes, until the cranberries start to pop.

4) Remove from heat and cool completely.  The cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools off.

Printable Version of Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe: 

Yield: 11 servings

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

This easy homemade cranberry sauce recipe has only four ingredients and takes minutes to make.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon white sugar

Instructions

    1) Rinse and clean cranberries.  Make sure you go through them to pick out any leaves or stems.

    2) Over medium heat in a medium-sized saucepan, dissolve the sugar in the orange juice. 

    3) Stir in the cranberries.  Cook for about 10 minutes, until the cranberries start to pop.  

    4) Remove from heat and cool.  The cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools off.  

Tips for making Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce: 

1) I tried to do 1/2 brown sugar and 1/2 white sugar in the recipe, but the brown sugar really didn’t dissolve well.  Using white sugar for the recipe worked better.

2) Make sure you stir the sauce occasionally, you wouldn’t want it to burn and let your hard work go to waste.

3) If you don’t like the flavor of the orange juice, just substitute water.

How long does Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce last in the refrigerator? 

It lasts 10-14 days in the refrigerator.

How long does Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce last in the freezer?  

Store the cranberry sauce in an airtight container and use within a couple of months for best results.

If you struggle like me to have the room in your oven for everything, I thought this roaster would be a useful addition to help make your Thanksgiving flawless.

Oster Roaster Oven with Self-Basting Lid 

Pretty lights dotted throughout the home transform the ho-hum into magic.  In our cozy living group, we all love fairy lights.  I thought these leaves with lights would be beautiful.

Maple leaf string lights by Azawa

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