Tuesday, November 22, 2011

homemade cranberry sauce

I tried growing a cranberry bush for a few years, but nothing ever came of it. I suppose that's because Colorado isn't really known for its bogs or sandy soil! Maybe some day we'll figure out a way to grow them, but even so, we do still enjoy cranberries around this time of year. Here is our absolute favorite (and very easy) way to cook up cranberries during the holidays:
1 pound whole fresh (or frozen) cranberries, stems removed
1 Cup sugar, plus more according to taste
2 whole cinnamon sticks
1 whole orange for the zest and the juice
water as needed

1. In a skillet on medium heat, cook the cranberries and sugar for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the berries start "popping" and releasing some of their juices
2. Add the cinnamon sticks, orange zest, and orange juice and turn the heat down to medium-low
3. Continue simmering, adding water as needed to get a sauce of your desired consistency. If you use frozen cranberries, they often release enough water, but with fresh ones, water usually needs to be added.
4. Taste and add more sugar if the sauce is too tart. Don't be afraid of the sugar--you might have to add another 1/2 cup if your cranberries are really tart.



  1. This year shall be the first year Matt and I make cranberry sauce ourselves. I now shall be using your recipe as I hadn't yet bothered to look one up. I mean, Thanksgiving is still two days away....I wouldn't want to rush anything! : )

    Thanks and have a great day! Beth

  2. Beth, if it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done ;-) I hope you like it--let me know how it turns out.

  3. This sounds fantastic! I must try to make my own cranberry sauce!!! Thanks for the recipe!

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  5. I'll be making cranberry sauce today, too (it is definitely one of those things that is better the second day). I use almost this same recipe, minus the cinnamon, which I think I'll add this year, thank you for the idea! Good for you for even trying to grow your own berries. After seeing the cranberry bogs on Cape Cod this summer, I think I'll just leave that project to the experts!...

  6. I never got back to you. It was great! Thanks for the recipe!


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