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The Best Ever Homemade Cranberry Sauce

The Best Ever Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Sometimes when you’re getting ready for a big holiday meal, it can be tempting to buy ready made cranberry sauce in a can. After all, it’s one less thing to worry about preparing, right?

I know I did it for years!

Then several years ago, I decided to try making our own. I was shocked!

Not only was it super simple to make, it tasted so much better!

If you’ve never made homemade cranberry sauce then I encourage you to give it a try this year.

It really couldn’t be simpler and once you’ve tried it, you’ll never go back to store bought ever again!

Best Ever Homemade Cranberry Sauce

The following recipe will yield approximately 1.5 cups of Cranberry Sauce:

6 oz of fresh or frozen organic cranberries

¼ c freshly squeezed organic orange juice

Zest of one organic orange (approximately 1 tbsp)

½ c organic cane sugar


Zest the orange, cut it in half and squeeze the juice.

1. Best Ever Homemade Cranberry Sauce - fresh squeezed orange juice

Add the cranberries, orange zest, orange juice and sugar to a small sauce pan.

Cook on medium heat for approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

Best Ever Homemade Cranberry Sauce - add four ingredients to sauce pan

The cranberries will start to burst. You may even hear a popping sound.

Best Ever Homemade Cranberry Sauce - cranberries starting to pop

Continue to cook, stirring occasionally until the sauce has been reduced to the thickness that you like.

Best Ever Homemade Cranberry Sauce - cooking down

Towards the end of the cooking you may want to mash the berries that have not burst on their own.

Be careful as the sauce will be very hot!

Best Ever Homemade Cranberry Sauce - cook down to desired thickness

Pour the sauce into a serving bowl and allow to cool.

Best Ever Homemade Cranberry Sauce - ready to serve

Best Ever Homemade Cranberry Sauce - in a crystal serving bowl

Serve and enjoy!


And if you have any cranberry sauce leftover after your holiday meal, I have three great recipes for using it up!

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Drop Cookies

Cranberry Coffee Cake

For a savory rather than sweet alternative for using it up, try my Crock Pot Whole Chicken Cranberry Bake


Now if you’re lucky enough to find cranberries on sale, you may even want to buy several bags and can it to have for future use or to give as gifts.

The recipe above can easily be doubled or even quadrupled!


To learn how easy it is to can homemade cranberry sauce, to have on hand or to give as gifts… click through to the next page.

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  • Betty
    November 18, 2016 6:13 pm

    Thank you for the recipe and instructions. I just now made a batch and I love the flavor of it.
    Can’t wait to have some with a meal.

  • Vanessa
    November 17, 2016 5:10 am

    I love making cranberries from sauce ever Thanksgiving but I love your recipe and I am going to give these a try this year. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party. Hope to see you again this coming Sunday. Have a great week.

  • CathieJ
    November 12, 2016 3:10 pm

    I love homemade cranberry sauce and make it every Thanksgiving. Sadly, my adult children prefer the canned jellied sauce. I may try this recipe this year. Thanks for sharing.

  • Mary
    November 9, 2016 5:53 pm

    Is there anything prettier than cranberry sauce in a crystal bowl. It looks delicious too.

  • Summer
    November 9, 2016 10:02 am

    Bright and yummy ♥

  • Elizbeth
    November 10, 2013 1:26 pm

    I LOVE this recipe! I like to add about 1/4 cup chopped walnuts.

  • Alice @ Mums Make Lists
    November 1, 2013 2:28 am

    What a lovely sight all those cranberries cooking in the pan 🙂

    I have featured this in my post on different ways to cook with cranberries – thanks so much for sharing at Empty Your Archive, Alice @ Mums Make Lists

  • Karen
    October 20, 2013 12:02 pm

    Yummy! I am going to have to try this. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  • Three Sheep Studio
    October 20, 2013 7:44 am

    Your cranberry sauce looks very great !
    I add mandarin oranges, grapes and walnuts to mine…but we don’t can the sauce.
    Visiting from “Sew Many Ways”.

  • Celtic Thistle
    October 14, 2013 6:11 am

    Looks lovely! Sadly I am the only one in the family who likes cranberry sauce.

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