I remember always thinking as a child how strange the cranberry sauce out of a can looked. It never looked appetizing! So recently I started making my own for Thanksgiving. It is very simple, isn’t odd shaped and is tasty. My mum loves it so I really make it for her. 🙂
I use a small saucepan and add about 1 1/2 – 2 cups of cranberries whole.
Add a bit more than 1/2 cup of water and get it simmering.
Once the cranberries start splitting and softening start with about 1/2 cup of sugar. What I do is add a bit at a time starting with the 1/2 cup. I know some of my family love the tartness of the cranberries so I don’t want to oversweeten it. If it were for me I would had a ton of sugar to this!
Once the sugar is dissolved I add a handful more cranberries so the texture of the sauce is more rustic.
Next I add some ground ginger. Normally I add about 1/2 cup of orange juice but I didn’t have any so I added a bit of lemon juice. It wasn’t bad but orange juice is a better choice.
Simmer until everything is dissolved and the cranberries are softened.
Remove from heat and let cool. It will thicken as it cools. I made this the day before and it took less than 1/2 an hour to do. It really is easy.
And not only does it taste good, it isn’t a weird shape!
I love all cranberry sauce–weird shapes and all! There’s nothing better than taking a slice of jellied sauce and slurping it up. through your teeth. (ok, maybe that’s a little strange.) haha
I just like the sound the canned stuff makes when it slides out of the can… for taste, I’ll take yours 🙂
Thanks, it’s a nice compliment to the turkey, like lamb and mint sauce. 🙂
What a good thing. For some reason it’s hard getting cranberries here which means we end up buying a ready made product. Nothing like your homemade version, I can assure you.
You know, I never thought of that as the cranberries are grown only about 3 hours from me.
I’ve never had it out of the can. I also add a bit of cinnamon & clove with the ginger. Yum….
I think the canned cranberry is almost a tradition in itself!
This looks great! I love homemade, though I don’t even mind the canned stuff either, homemade is just better. I am a huge fan of cranberries, I did a couple cranberry jello recipes while you were gone. You can see them here if your interested 🙂 http://twodogsinthekitchen.wordpress.com/2012/11/20/cranberry-orange-mandarin-berry-jello-salads/
They look great, and I love the ingredients.
Mm, this would go well on toast. Just need to get cranberries.
Now there’s an idea!
Such lovely berries–I love to eat them this way too. First time I made them, they boiled over–all over the stove.
Oh no, what a mess! We’ve all been there though. 🙂