Have you ever wanted to make homemade cranberry sauce instead of serving the stuff that is shaped like a can? It can really be done fast and easy. Additionally it is healthy, since you can choose the ingredients that go into your cranberry sauce.
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
- 12 ounces of fresh cranberries
- 1 orange for zest and juice
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Zest the orange with a zester or grater. Set the zest aside.
- Squeeze the juice from the orange you just grated. Measure your juice. If you are not able to get 1/2 cup of juice from your orange, add water to make up any small difference. Set aside juice.
- Go through your cranberries. You will want to remove any that look bad and remove any stems that are still attached. Rinse your cranberries and set them aside.
- Pour orange juice and water into a 2 quart saucepan. Add sugar and cook on medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Add cranberries to the saucepan. Stir berries into the liquid mixture a few times. Cover saucepan with a lid leaving a small gap for steam to escape.
- Cook for 10 to 12 minutes. At this point some of the berries will look whole and some will be cooked down.
- Remove your cranberry sauce from the heat and add the orange zest (reserving some for garnish). Stir to combine the zest into the cranberry sauce.
- Your homemade cranberry sauce can be served immediately or made the day before and refrigerated until ready to serve.
- Garnish with remaining orange zest before serving.