Fresh cranberry sauce is easier than you think. When I was growing up, my family always had canned, jellied cranberry sauce, and it was served in the same dish too, every year. It wasn’t until I started making Thanksgiving dinners myself that I realized how easy making my own sauce can be. Homemade cranberry sauce can be made very simply with just fresh cranberries, sugar and water. You can get creative by replacing the water with orange juice, pomegranate juice, or pineapple juice. You can also add special ingredients to make your cranberry sauce extra special like chopped pecans or walnuts, orange zest, pineapple chunks, pomegranate seeds, raisins, currants, and even blueberries. Don’t forget about spices too, you can add cinnamon, allspice, cloves or nutmeg.
But for the easiest fresh cranberry sauce, here is what you’ll need:
1 package fresh cranberries – 12 ox.
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1. Wash cranberries. Add cranberries, sugar and water to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to a simmer.
2. At this point, add in any extra ingredients you might want. Simmer for 20 – 30 minutes. Berries will burst. Sauce is done when it is a deep red and has thickened.
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