Easy Cranberry Sauce

by Kimberly Hickok

Believe it or not, cranberry sauce is one of the easiest things to make – especially if you like it with whole cranberries. It’s also one of those things you can make in advance. I make it every year for Thanksgiving. If I don’t, my brother-in-law Brian will kill me!

One year I forgot to make it until about a half hour before we sat down to eat. This recipe is so easy to make that I whipped it up just in time! It was a little warm but no one seemed to mind.

Easy Cranberry Sauce
Serves 6-8 as a side dish
12 oz. bag of Ocean Spray Cranberries
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup cranberry juice
1/2 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons sugar
zest of half an orange (optional)

Place the cranberries in a medium sauce pan. Remove any cranberries that are bruised. Add the water, cranberry juice, orange juice and sugar. Cover and bring to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, remove the lid and lower the heat allowing the sauce to simmer until it thickens.

Cranberry Sauce - in the pot

Taste. If you want it sweeter add more sugar – a tablespoonful at a time – until it tastes right to you. Simmer another five minutes. Remove from heat and add the zest.

That’s it!

Cranberry Sauce - done


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5 Tips for a Stress Free Thanksgiving - Kimversations November 19, 2014 - 9:13 am

[…] as much as you can in advance. This might seem obvious but a few years ago, I forgot to make the cranberry sauce and was scrambling at the last minute.  Now I do it a few days in advance. I also chop all the […]


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