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!
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.
Add the cranberries, orange zest, orange juice and sugar to a small sauce pan.
Cook on medium heat for approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
The cranberries will start to burst. You may even hear a popping sound.
Continue to cook, stirring occasionally until the sauce has been reduced to the thickness that you like.
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!
Pour the sauce into a serving bowl and allow to cool.
Serve and enjoy!
And if you have any cranberry sauce leftover after your holiday meal, I have three great recipes for using it up!
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.