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Fresh Cranberry Sauce

This cranberry sauce is sweet, tart, aromatic, and just so delicious. It’s a perfect condiment to serve with your Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey.

I absolutely love cranberry sauce. If I could, I would have it all year round. It’s such a delicious chutney and so versatile. I use it for so many things, not just as a side dish. I make drinks with it, I infuse my tea with it, I make tarts with it. And it’s a quintessential dish for our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Make it once, enjoy it in many ways.

The Ingredients

Six ingredients are all you need to make this super delicious chutney.

Ingredients for cranberry sauce

The Ingredients List:

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large fresh orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick (or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon)
  • 2 star anise
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of water

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The Cooking Process:

Making cranberry chutney is such a simple task. It’s a matter of putting everything in a pan and letting it boil. Well, almost. Properly wash the cranberries and discard any that might be too soft. You want to use the plump ones for your sauce. If the berries are soft, it means they are starting to go bad and you don’t want to use them.

Cranberry sauce ready to cook

Add the washed berries to a medium sized pan. Add your water, sugar, cinnamon stick, star anise, and salt to the pan as well. Using a nutmeg grater or any small grater, grate the rind of the entire orange into the pan. Cut the orange and squeeze all of the juice into the pan. Now we are ready to cook it. I tend to throw the skin of the orange into the pan too. It has a lot of flavour and I prefer not to discard it. The oils from the skin old a lof of flavour.

Cranberry sauce cooking

The Thickening Process:

We need to cook the cranberries. The cranberries have natural pectin that helps the sauce to thicken as the berries cook. The idea is to cook them till they just start to pop. This takes about 10 or so minutes. Allow them to boil just once and then turn the heat off. I remove the orange skin at this time and discard it. It should have done its job by now.

Cranberry sauce

Allow the sauce to cool down completely before enjoying it as a condiment with your turkey dinner. As the sauce cools, it thickens. If you prefer to, you can smash the cranberries with a fork or a hand blender and even strain them using a sieve. I prefer to enjoy the sauce as is. I like the taste of the tart berries popping in my mouth.

Uses for Cranberry Sauce:

I love this versatile sauce:

  • Enjoy it with your Christmas or Thanksgiving turkey dinner.
  • Make tarts or pies out of it. Check out my Custard Tart here.
  • I love my Leftover Sauce Buns. Check out my recipe here.
  • Try using it as a spread on Biscuits or Toast.
  • Infuse your Herbal Teas with it.
  • Add a couple of spoonfuls to your Granola.
  • Add a dollop to your Oatmeal and see how delicious it turns out to be.

Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Course: Dip, SideCuisine: CanadianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

24

servings
Prep time

2

minutes
Cooking time

13

minutes
Calories

40

kcal
Total time

15

minutes

This cranberry sauce is sweet, tart, aromatic, and just so delicious. It’s a perfect condiment to serve with your Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 large fresh orange

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 2 star anise

  • pinch of salt

  • 1 cup water

Directions

  • Properly wash the cranberries and discard any soft ones.
  • Place the cranberries into a medium sized pan.
  • Add the sugar, cinnamon stick, star anise, salt, and water to the pan.
  • Using a nutmeg grater or any small grater, grate the rind of the orange into the pan.
  • Cut the orange in half and squeeze all the juice into the pan. You can also toss the peel into the pan.
  • Cook the sauce for about 10 minutes on medium low heat. Or just until the cranberries start to pop. Allow them to boil once then, turn the heat off.
  • Allow the sauce to cool down completely before enjoying it as a condiment with your turkey dinner.


What is Cranberry Sauce good for?

Cranberry sauce

Cranberry sauce is so versatile. I use it for so many things, not just as a side dish. I make drinks with it, I infuse my tea with it, I make tarts with it. And it’s a quintessential dish for our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.


How do you make Cranberry Sauce?

Cranberry sauce ready to cook

Cranberry sauce is one of the easiest sauces to make. In a pan add:
– 2 cups fresh cranberries
– 1 cup granulated sugar
– 1 large fresh orange
– 1 cinnamon stick (or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon)
– 2 star anise
– 1 cup of water
And boil all the ingredients.


How long does Cranberry Sauce last?

Cranberry sauce

Up to 20 DAYS.

I cook my sauce and keep it in the fridge for up to 4 weeks. That is if I don’t run out of it before then. I use it for so many recipes and make a large batch and keep it in a jar in the fridge for days. When you use it, DO NOT use a wet spoon to serve it and it will last for up to 20 days.


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