Thursday, December 1, 2016

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

As a little girl, I remember standing on my tippy toes watching and listening with child like excitement.

The bright red cranberries popping and bursting as they cooked on the stove top.

I loved watching and listening to them cook down into a delicious cranberry sauce that my Mom made every year during the holiday season.

She never added too much sugar, leaving them a bit on the tart side...just like we liked them.

The bowl adorned with the delicious cranberry sauce was a favorite of mine...and still is.

Fresh cranberries, water, and sugar...that's it!
That's all you need to make homemade cranberry sauce.

While cooking, the aroma is tantalizing.
(Even better than a cranberry scented candle.) :-)

As they cool, the sauce will thicken.
I especially love to eat cranberry sauce warm and with some texture.
(If you want a smoother consistency, cook a little longer.)

The taste is a lovely combination of sweet/tart...a welcome contrast to the sweet cookies, pies, and candies that this time of year offers.

As a child, we didn't have a lot of processed food...most of our meals were from what we grew or raised ourselves.  Buying a bag of cranberries from the grocery store was a treat!

Here is the easy recipe:

Homemade Cranberry Sauce
one 12 ounce bag of fresh cranberries
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup sugar
In a saucepan, heat the water and sugar over medium-high heat until the sugar is dissolved.
Stir in the cranberries.
Bring to a low boil, then simmer, stirring occasionally as the cranberries begin to pop.
Cook for 5 to 7 minutes, leaving some of the cranberries whole.

Fresh Cranberry Orange Salad

Cranberry Orange Salad is another way to enjoy cranberries.
The cranberries are not cooked for this concoction.
They are mixed with oranges and a bit of sugar, making this another seasonal favorite.


  1. Delicious! I love cranberries!

    1. I love them too Michelle. I don't think I've ever had the canned stuff ;-)

  2. My mother made homemade cranberry sauce for our turkey at Christmas. It looked just like yours.
    What a fond memory! I'd love for you to come over and link this and all your Christmas posts at The Count Down To Christmas party!
    Merry Christmas!

    1. I'm glad this brought fond memories for you. Thanks for the invite...I'll link this up.

  3. Hi Lori, I'd forgotten how yummy homemade cranberry sauce is. The color is amazing, too. Thank you for sharing this. Enjoy your day, Pat xx

    1. Seems a shame that cranberries are usually only enjoyed this time of year, huh? I freeze some to eat over the next few months, but that's as long as they last...

  4. I make my own cranberry sauce too. I make it with orange juice instead of water, less sugar, and add cinnamon and a little nutmeg. Oh, and nuts too. Homemade cranberry sauce is so easy to adjust to how your family likes it.

    1. I am going to have to try it with cinnamon and nutmeg...thanks for the tip Vikki!


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