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Homemade Cranberry Sauce


I will admit that I used to kind of like canned cranberry sauce, (as long as it was the whole berry kind), that was until I made my first batch of FRESH cranberry sauce a few years ago.  Fresh tart cranberries, sweetened up with sugar and dabbed with a hint of orange and cinnamon is an absolute MUST for my holiday plate, and it is SO easy!  You will never buy the canned stuff again...

Ingredients:
  • 12oz fresh cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup cranberry juice or your favorite cranberry juice blend
  • Zest and juice of one large orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick (or sprinkle of cinnamon if you don't have a stick)
Instructions:
  1. Throw everything in a large saucepan, bring to a boil then reduce the heat and let simmer till slightly thickened, about 15-20 minutes.  
  2. Remove the cinnamon stick
  3. Mash up the sauce if you want it less chunky, (with a potato masher), and let it sit in the saucepan, covered, until completely cool.  
  4. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator till you need it!



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