Cranberry sauce

Cranberry sauce

By Food E Fare

Cranberry sauce is a sweet and tart condiment made from cranberries, sugar, and water. It is a classic accompaniment to holiday meals, particularly in the United States, where it is often served with turkey during Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Cranberry sauce can be either cooked or raw, and it can have various textures, including whole berries, a chunky relish, or a smooth and jellied consistency. Here's a basic recipe for homemade cranberry sauce:


  • 1 bag (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Optional: Orange zest, orange juice, cinnamon, or other flavorings


Rinse Cranberries:

  • If using fresh cranberries, rinse them thoroughly. If using frozen cranberries, there's no need to thaw them before cooking.

Combine Ingredients:

  • In a saucepan, combine the cranberries, sugar, and water.

Optional Additions:

  • If desired, add optional flavorings like orange zest, a splash of orange juice, or a cinnamon stick to enhance the flavor.

Bring to a Boil:

  • Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a boil.


  • Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook the cranberries for about 10-15 minutes, or until they burst and the sauce thickens.

Adjust Sweetness:

  • Taste the sauce and adjust the sweetness by adding more sugar if necessary. Keep in mind that the sauce will thicken as it cools.

Cool and Serve:

  • Remove the saucepan from heat and let the cranberry sauce cool to room temperature. It will continue to thicken as it cools.

Chill (Optional):

  • If you prefer a firmer, jellied texture, transfer the cranberry sauce to a container and refrigerate until fully chilled.


  • Serve the cranberry sauce as a side dish with poultry, particularly turkey, or use it as a topping for various desserts.

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