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    Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

    Published November 15, 2021. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

    This amazing homemade fresh cranberry sauce comes together in minutes and is the perfect complement to your turkey dinner.

    We absolutely love serving up sauces with all the protein and veggies we eat.  It can also help mask the flavor of foods for pour daughter to eat.  If you are interested in exploring some new sauce recipes, then for sure check out my Pesto or Tzatziki sauce.

    ramekin with fresh cranberry sauce

    Cranberry Sauce

    Cranberry sauce has been around for over 2 centuries in the United States.  Some late 18th century writings reference a simple cranberry sauce using water, sugar, and cranberries created by Native Americans and was officially recognized by cookbook author Amelia Simmons in 1796.

    Cranberry sauce became popularized in a can in the early 1940s with the mass preserved food era to help get American soldiers fighting in WWII food that would last.  However, there is no comparison when it comes to flavor between to canned jelly version and homemade fresh cranberry sauce.

    How to Make a Homemade Cranberry Sauce

    Follow along with these step-by-step instructions for making this homemade cranberry sauce from scratch:

    1. Bring some water and sugar to a boil in a medium-size pot.
    2. Add in the cranberries and return it to a boil.
    3. Once boiling, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes or until it becomes very thick.
    4. Remove from the stove and add cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange zest.
    5. Using a rubber spatula mix everything together but also press on the cranberries a little bit to help break them up more. Cool in the refrigerator until cold.

    Optional Ingredient Variations

    There are a few other ingredients you can add to this cranberry sauce to further enhance the flavor:

    • Currants
    • Golden Raisins
    • Raisins
    • Crushed Pecans
    • Crushed Walnuts
    • Ground Cloves
    • Orange Juice
    • Lemon Juice
    • Lemon Zest

    Recipe Chef Notes + Tips

    Make-Ahead: You can make this recipe up to 2 days ahead of time.  Keep in the refrigerator until ready to use.

    How to Store: Cover and keep in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.  You can freeze it covered for up to 3 months.  Thaw it in the refrigerator until soft.

    The sauce will thicken up a lot once it is cool.

    You can use frozen cranberries in this recipe.

    homemade fresh cranberry sauce for thanksgiving

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    Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

    5 from 3 votes
    This amazing homemade fresh cranberry sauce comes together in minutes and is the perfect complement to your turkey dinner.
    Servings: 10
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes

    Ingredients 

    • 1 cup water
    • 1 ¼ cup sugar
    • 12 ounces or about 4 cups fresh cranberries
    • zest of 1 orange
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

    Instructions

    • Add the water and sugar to a medium-size pot and bring the mixture to a rolling boil.
    • Next, add in the cranberries and return them to a boil. The cranberries will begin to pop.
    • Once boiling, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes or until it becomes very thick.
    • Remove the pot from the stove and add in cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange zest and using a rubber spatula mix everything together but also press on the cranberries a little bit to help break them up more.
    • Add the cranberry sauce to a container and cool in the refrigerator until cold, which takes about 30-45 minutes.

    Notes

    Chef Notes:
    Make-Ahead: You can make this recipe up to 2 days ahead of time. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to use.
    How to Store: Cover and keep in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. You can freeze it covered for up to 3 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator until soft.
    The sauce will thicken up a lot once it is cool.
    You can use frozen cranberries in this recipe.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 113kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 30mgFiber: 2gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 21IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 1mg
    Course: sauce, Side Dish
    Cuisine: American