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Two ways to perfect cranberry sauce

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Achieving perfect cranberry sauce is easier than you may think! Here I provide two recipes to satisfy your cranberry sauce cravings. Both recipes taste great and will complement your holiday meals.

Simple and delicious - - homemade cranberry sauce.
Simple and delicious – – homemade cranberry sauce.

Do you make your own cranberry sauce? It’s so easy and tastes much better freshly made than from a can. This cranberry sauce recipe has hints of orange and spice. It will pair perfectly with your Thanksgiving turkey or holiday ham.

The basic recipe for cranberry sauce is 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and one bag of cranberries. Slight adjustments to this basic formula give you delightful and unexpected results.

Cranberries -- a ruby red "superfood"
Cranberries — a ruby red “superfood”

Cranberries are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin E and fiber. According to Medical News Today, cranberries also contain vitamin K, manganese and a large array of phytonutrients that help to protect the body from harmful free radicals and offer anti-inflammatory and cancer-preventing properties.

The method for preparing the sauce in each recipe below is the same. Make the cranberry sauce ahead and store it in the freezer or in sterilized and sealed canning jars. These recipes will fill two 8 oz canning jars.

Recipe 1: Holiday delight cranberry sauce

This recipe is perfect for those of you who like the tart-sweet cranberry flavor and are ready to add a little twist and hint of spice to your table. Hints of orange and nutmeg compliment the natural tart-sweet cranberry flavor.

12 oz bag of cranberries
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup water
¾ cup orange juice
¼ tsp freshly ground nutmeg

Recipe 2: Very-berry cranberry sauce

This recipe is perfect for those of you who like basic cranberry sauce and prefer it more on the sweet side. You are still not sure you’re ready to give up the can. I’m here to help you release that can!!

12 oz bag of cranberries
¾ cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup orange juice

Method

Wash and drain the cranberries. Add the cranberries, sugar and liquids to a small sauce pan. On medium-high heat, bring the berries to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the sauce thickens (generally 10 – 15 minutes). Add the nutmeg mid-way through the cooking time if desired. Stir the cranberry sauce frequently and monitor the heat. Reduce the heat if necessary to avoid burning. Transfer the sauce to a bowl to cool. Once cooled it is ready to enjoy or store.

Ready for Thanksgiving or a special gift.
Ready for Thanksgiving or a special gift.

Two ways to perfect cranberry sauce

Choose the recipe that’s best for you! Both recipes are prepared the same way.

Recipe 1: Holiday delight cranberry sauce – perfect for you if you like the tart-sweet flavor of cranberries. Hints of orange and nutmeg compliment the natural tart-sweet cranberry flavor.

Recipe 2: Very-berry cranberry sauce – perfect for you if you like your cranberry sauce more on the sweet side. You’re not sure you’re ready to give up the can. Offers the tart-sweet flavor you like with just a hint of orange.

Recipe 1: Holiday delight cranberry sauce

  • 12 oz bag cranberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg

Recipe 2: Very-berry cranberry sauce

  • 12 oz bag cranberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  1. Wash and drain the cranberries. Add the cranberries, sugar and liquids to a small sauce pan. On medium-high heat, bring the berries to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the sauce thickens (generally 10 – 15 minutes). Add the nutmeg mid-way through the cooking time if desired. Stir the cranberry sauce frequently and monitor the heat. Reduce the heat if necessary to avoid burning. Transfer the sauce to a bowl to cool. Once cooled it is ready to enjoy or store.
  • Make the cranberry sauce ahead and store it in the freezer or in sterilized and sealed canning jars.
  • These recipes will fill two 8 oz canning jars. Follow the instructions for sterilizing and sealing canning jars on the manufacturers instructions.

 

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