Homemade Cranberry Sauce made from fresh cranberries is so quick and easy to do. The cranberry sauce is often an afterthought, for a holiday dinner. However,
Homemade: Better Than A Can
The freshness of homemade tastes a million times better than anything that you can buy in a can. And that turkey, the one you have worked so hard to roast to a golden perfection, deserves the freshest of the best accompaniments, does it not? I think that once you try making your own cranberry sauce, you won't ever want to open a can again.
Homemade cranberry sauce doesn't take much effort or time to make, and by making it yourself you control the amount of sugar and eliminate any other stuff, like preservatives that come in the can.
How Do They Grow?
There are many nutritious and delicious foods that are grown and harvested right here on our North American continent. Cranberries are one of them. The tart berries are native to North America. They are related to blueberries and grow on low vines. They grow in bogs, and are commonly harvested by flooding the bogs, then agitating the water. Which detaches the berries from the vines, allowing them to float to the top to be scooped up. Watch this video to see the process in action: How Do Cranberries Grow?
Cranberries have anti inflammatory properties. They are nutrient dense, too, especially vitamin C, A, and K, as well as beneficial antioxidants and flavenols. Cranberries are very high in fibre, as well.
From Scratch = Less Sugar
Cranberries are very tart so even a cup of sugar in this recipe lets that tartness shine through. You can use more or less depending on what you prefer for sweetness verses tartness. The orange juice is a perfect compliment in this simple recipe.
You can make the cranberry sauce ahead of time, (you can do it a couple of days ahead and store in the fridge, covered), taking one more holiday dinner countdown chore off the list. Leftover cranberry sauce is great for using on sandwiches, baking into muffins, or as a glaze for roasted meats, like this Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast.
How To Make Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry Sauce From Scratch – Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe
- 12 ounces fresh cranberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup orange juice fresh is best
- In a medium sized saucepan and over medium heat, dissolve the sugar in the orange juice.
- Add the cranberries, and continue to cook, stirring unitl the cranberries begin to pop (about 10 minutes)
- Remove from heat and transfer the cranberry sauce to a serving dish. The cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools