Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce goes hand-in-hand with turkey. I can’t imagine Thanksgiving without cranberry sauce – it’s that vital.
The 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.
This easy cranberry sauce recipe tastes much better than the canned version you find at the grocery store. You can turn your holiday dinner into something special with just a handful of ingredients.
I love cranberries. I have an extra freezer that one shelf is devoted to cranberries when they go on sale. That’s how much I obsess over them.
If you’re a cranberry lover, why not make 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 make any table look more attractive.
Classic cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving staple and the perfect side dish for your holiday meal.
How to use leftover 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 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 add a fun twist to them.
- You can mix it in with your favorite sweet potato casserole recipe.
- Top a bagel with cream cheese, and then top the cream cheese with homemade cranberry sauce.
- You can use cranberry sauce as a meat glaze.
- Add to applesauce for a tangy twist.
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) There are only three fruits native to North America, and cranberries are one of them. (I had no idea! Talk about fun dinner conversation.) The other two are blueberries and Concord grapes.
3) Ninety-five percent of cranberries sold are processed foods, and only 5 percent of cranberries are sold fresh.
4) Cranberries are a perennial crop grown in man-made bogs or wetlands.
5) Americans consume early 400 million pounds of cranberries each year, with 80 million pounds consumed Thanksgiving week alone.
6) 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.
7) Cranberries got their name because the pink flower of the plant looks like a crane. They were initially called craneberries.
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Here’s the recipe for Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce
12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
1 cup orange juice
1 cup white sugar
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
How do you make this Simple Cranberry Sauce Recipe?
1) Rinse and clean the whole cranberries. Make sure you go through them to pick out any leaves or stems.
2) Over medium heat in a medium saucepan, dissolve the sugar in the fresh orange juice.
3) Add the cranberries and cinnamon. Cook for about 10 minutes, until the cranberries start to pop.
4) Remove from heat and cool completely. This delicious cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools off to room temperature. Place in a serving bowl and garnish with fresh rosemary, orange zest, or lemon zest.
Printable Recipe Card of Fresh Cranberry Sauce Recipe with Nutritional Information
This easy homemade cranberry sauce recipe has only four ingredients and takes minutes to make.
- 12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
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 and cinnamon. 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.
Amount Per Serving Calories 95Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 1gSugar 21gProtein 0g
Tips for making Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce
- I tried to do 1/2 brown sugar and 1/2 white sugar in the recipe, but the brown sugar didn’t dissolve well. Using white sugar for the recipe worked better.
- Make sure you stir the sauce occasionally; you wouldn’t want it to burn and let your hard work go to waste.
- If you don’t like the flavor of the orange juice, substitute water.
- You can substitute pure maple syrup for sugar in this easy recipe.
How long does this simple recipe 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 it within a couple of months for best results.
You might want to buy a few extras 12-ounce bags of cranberries during the holiday season. You never know when the desire to make this delicious recipe will strike next.
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