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Homemade Cranberry Sauce

cranberry sauce in a white bowl with an orange and cranberries

I will admit that I used to kind of like canned cranberry sauce, (as long as it was the whole berry kind), until I made my first batch of FRESH homemade 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 quick and easy to throw together!  Throw everything in a saucepan and listen to the berries pop as they heat through.  Sweet, tart, citrusy - it goes perfectly with turkey or ham!  Trust me, 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!
cranberries, orange zest and cinnamon cranberry sauce in a white bowl

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