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Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce

The BEST HOMEMADE CRANBERRY SAUCE is the easiest and most delicious recipe with only 3 simple ingredients. The combination of tart cranberries with the sweetness of the apple cider makes this the perfect complement to your holiday dish!

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Ever look at canned cranberry sauce on the table with disgust? Yeah me too! I never thought I would enjoy cranberry sauce until I made it fresh. WOW! It’s like the difference between fresh peaches and canned peaches- you know what I mean! It’s like a sweet and tart jelly that tastes fantastic with savory foods. Honestly, once you have it you’ll never go back to the canned stuff again.

HOW TO MAKE IT

THE BEST HOMEMADE CRANBERRY SAUCE is so simple to make! All you have to do is:

BOILsugar and apple cider

ADDcranberries

COOK– until cranberries start to pop open. Be careful– the cranberries tend to splatter when they pop so do not have your heat on high. I have made this mistake a few too many times.

STIR– while cooking. I like to take a few cranberries and mash them against the side of my pan using the back of my spoon. It helps them to pop a little faster. You can cook it to your desired consistency. The longer you cook, the less chunky it will be. It does thicken as it cools so keep that in mind.

REFRIGERATE– if you like to eat it cool, which is most common, then allow to cool completely in the pan before transferring to an airtight container to place in the refrigerator. But sometimes I enjoy eating it warm, especially on a toasty sandwich or on hot turkey- YUM! Be sure to allow it to cool at least 20 minutes though so you don’t burn yourself.

ingredients

INGREDIENTS

CRANBERRIES: fresh or frozen may be used in this recipe! No need to defrost if frozen. You may need to add a few more minutes cooking time while boiling for the berries to begin to pop.

APPLE CIDER: this is the secret ingredient that makes this dish so fantastic! Most recipes call for water or orange juice, which tastes good but apple cider makes it taste GREAT! Any type of cider will work too.

cranberries boiling

IS CRANBERRY SAUCE FREEZER FRIENDLY?

Yes it is! All you need to do is store cooled cranberry sauce in a freezer friendly bag or sealed airtight container and freeze up to 3 month. Allow to thaw in the refrigerator when ready to use.

close up of sauce

WHAT DO I DO WITH LEFTOVER CRANBERRY SAUCE?

  • Put it in a muffin.
  • Make a Turkey Slider.
  • Put it on a biscuit.
  • Scoop it with a cracker.
  • Top it on ice cream.
cranberry sauce is white dish

THE BEST HOMEMADE CRANBERRY SAUCE HIGHLIGHTS

Super easy to make!

Only 3 ingredients!

Freezer friendly!

WAY better than the canned version!

Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce in a dish with cranberries on the side

BEST HOMEMADE CRANBERRY SAUCE

The BEST HOMEMADE CRANBERRY SAUCE is the easiest and most delicious recipe with only 3 simple ingredients. The combination of tart cranberries with the sweetness of the apple cider makes this the perfect complement to your holiday dish!
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Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 93 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 12 oz fresh cranberries

Instructions
 

  • In a medium sauce pan, bring sugar and apple cider to a boil. Continue to boil for 3-5 minutes, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Add cranberries and reduce heat to a low boil on medium-high. Continue cooking for 8-10 minutes while cranberries begin to pop, stirring frequently.
  • Once sauce has reached desired consistency, remove from heat and cool completely.
  • Store in a sealed airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use. Enjoy!

Notes

Cranberry Sauce may be stored in an airtight sealed container in the refrigerator up to 7 days or in the freezer up to 3 months.
If serving warm, allow to cool approximately 20 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 93kcal
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Nutrition Facts
BEST HOMEMADE CRANBERRY SAUCE
Amount per Serving
Calories
93
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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