Cranberry sauce is a classic favorite for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Coupling sweet with tart, cranberry sauce is a healthy way to add color and flavor to any holiday meal. As it is simple and quick to make, you can impress your family and friends without needing to put in much effort.
Fruits and Berries (Raisins, Currants, Blueberries, Orange Peel)
Spices (Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Allspice)
Notes on Ingredients: Fresh or Frozen cranberries can be used.
All cranberries should be washed and picked over. Discard cranberries with impurities.
Cooking Time: 20 Minutes
Bring water to a boil and add sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the cranberries and return to a boil. Maintain boil for a minute, then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer the cranberries until they burst.
Once the cranberries have burst, you may add any of the optional ingredients to the cranberry sauce. Allow to simmer for a minute or two, then remove from the heat.
When removed from the heat, the cranberry sauce will not look very thick. As the sauce cools, the cranberry sauce will thicken to the consistency you are accustomed to. Once the sauce has completely cooled to room temperature, place it in the refrigerator to chill. It is suggested that you prepare your cranberry sauce the day prior to the dinner so that it can be served properly chilled.
It is possible to jar and preserve homemade cranberry sauce. All you need to do is prepare your jars in advance by sterilizing them then cook your cranberry sauce as normal. When you remove the cranberry sauce from the heat, pour the sauce into your jars and allow to cool. You should follow the same cooling process as if you were to serve it at the table. Instead of serving it, place in the freezer. It is vital that you make certain you leave enough space in the jar for the moisture to expand when frozen. Failure to do this can cause your cranberry sauce to explode from the jar and make a sticky mess in your freezer.
An option to jars is to use plastic bags. If you choose to use plastic bags, do not put the cranberry sauce in the bags until after it has chilled in the refrigerator.
In order to sanitize your jars, you should submerge the jars in water and boil them for at least ten minutes.