My whole life, I never understood why people would opt for the canned cranberry crap as opposed to making your own cranberry sauce. I mean, it really makes me wonder what people think when buying the canned stuff. Yeah, I get it takes like 10 seconds to open a can of cranberry sauce – which, I don’t know if you can even call that sauce since it plops down onto the platter like congealed gelatin, but tack on maybe 5 more minutes to that 10 seconds and you can make FRESH and UNPROCESSED cranberry sauce from scratch. You can taste the freshness too. And the possibilities of flavors are endless!
I made this cranberry sauce last year for Thanksgiving and I made it again this year because it’s just that good. I love the contrasting flavors of cranberry and orange. It’s a sweet and tart flavor that go very well together. It’s super easy to throw together and it makes plenty for those who love to smear it all over their turkey! It’s great to use for those leftover turkey sandwiches too :)
- 1: 12 oz bag of fresh cranberries
- Zest of 1 orange
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar
- In a medium stockpot, add cranberries, orange zest, orange juice, water, and sugar. Bring to boil then turn heat down and let it simmer, covered, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- When mixture is done, it should be nice and thick. If you feel that you need to add more sugar, add more, a tbsp. at a time.
- Serve warm.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 7 days.