Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

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This Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce made from fresh deep red cranberries will see you through all your holiday needs. Cranberries are the fruit of low creeping shrubs and are related to bilberries, blueberries and huckleberries. They come into season in Autumn and start appearing in shops around November. As a result, cranberry sauce is a popular accompaniment to traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.

Cranberries are rarely eaten raw, as they are extremely sour. They are typically baked or cooked, and sugar is added to make them more palatable. Cranberries can be dried and eaten as a snack or with cereals, much like raisins are. They can also be consumed as juice, typically mixed with other fruit juices to sweeten it.

Commercially prepared cranberry sauces are often very sweet, which is why I always prefer to make my own. This Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce recipe is a bit tangy and a bit sweet and has only three ingredients, so it really couldn't be easier. It is also very easy to scale up, so you'll never run out of cranberry sauce!

The tanginess of this homemade cranberry sauce complements roast meats particularly nicely, providing both flavour and moisture. But it is certainly not limited to eating with meat. Why not mix it with plain yoghurt for a treat or spread in on a piece of toast for breakfast? Or use it as a sandwich spread when making sandwiches using leftover turkey? The options abound.

Here's what you'll need to make this Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce:

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300g fresh cranberries, rinsed and drained
120ml freshly squeezed orange juice
90g light muscovado sugar

And here's what you'll need to do:

  • Rinse and thoroughly drain the cranberries.
  • Place them in a saucepan with the orange juice and sugar.
  • Place the saucepan over medium heat, and stir the contents until thoroughly combined.
  • When the juice comes to a boil, reduce heat and simmer gently for about 9-10 minutes. The skins will pop, and the berries will gradually soften as they cook.
  • Turn off the heat when the cranberries are soft but still retaining their shape.
  • Cool completely before serving.
More Family Recipes: Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce
More Family Recipes: Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce
More Family Recipes: Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce
  • If making ahead of time, the cranberry sauce will keep in a tightly sealed container for up to a week in the fridge. Bring to room temperature before serving.
More Family Recipes: Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

 

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

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More Family Recipes: Easy  Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Homemade cranberry sauce is so easy to make and the perfect balance between tangy and sweet that you'll probably never go back to store bought versions.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Yield: 450g
Course: Sauce, Condiment
Cuisine: Modern European
Tags: Sweet and Sour, Fruit Sauce

Ingredients

300g fresh cranberries, rinsed and drained
120ml freshly squeezed orange juice
90g light muscovado sugar

Method

  1. Rinse and thoroughly drain the cranberries.
  2. Place them in a saucepan with the orange juice and sugar.
  3. Place the saucepan over medium heat, and stir the contents until thoroughly combined.
  4. When the juice comes to a boil, reduce heat and simmer gently for about 9-10 minutes. The skins will pop, and the berries will gradually soften as they cook.
  5. Turn off the heat when the cranberries are soft but still retaining their shape.
  6. Cool completely before serving.
  7. If making ahead of time, the cranberry sauce will keep in a tightly sealed container for up to a week in the fridge. Bring to room temperature before serving.

  1. Serves 4
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