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Easy Cranberry Sauce


This cranberry sauce recipe is so easy and delicious that you’ll never open another can of cranberry sauce again!

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  • 1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries (Ocean Spray)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt


Servings 8
Preparation time 15mins
Cooking time 45mins


Step 1

Sort through berries and remove any stems and blemished berries (brown or mushy ones). Rinse with water and drain well in a colander.

Meanwhile, in 3-quart saucepan over medium/medium heat, bring water, sugar, and salt to a boil; then let boil for 5 minutes, whisking occasionally.

Stir in the cranberries and bring back to a boil; continue boiling 5 to 6 minutes longer, stirring occasionally, or until berries "pop". (It's important that they “pop” to release the natural pectin which thickens the sauce.)

For a different flavor twist, after the sauce has finished cooking, stir in 1 tablespoon grated orange zest, 1 finely minced fresh jalapeno pepper (remove seeds first), or 2-3 tablespoons peach or pineapple preserves.

Pour sauce into a serving dish and cool to room temperature or refrigerate until chilled, then serve.

Cover leftovers and store in the refrigerator.

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