Homemade Cranberry Sauce – Eat now or later!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

By November 25, 2013

  • Prep Time : 5 minutes
  • Cook Time : 20 minutes



Start by washing your cranberries using a colander/strainer. Toss any cranberries that are mushy or going bad.

In a medium size saucepan bring the orange juice and cranberry juice to a boil. Add the cranberries and cook for 5-7 minutes.

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You will hear small popping noises as the cranberries burst. This is normal and kind of fun. DO NOT overcook your berries. Once half of the cranberries have "popped" remove from heat.

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In a blender, puree the cranberries until nice and smooth.

Pour the mixture back into the saucepan. Add the pectin, stir and bring to a boil, stirring often.
NOTE: You can use the boxed pectin or the Ball variety that I chose. If you use the box, only use half of the packet. If you're using this variety, use 1 1/2 Tablespoons.

No-Sugar Needed Pectin for Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Once the mixture starts to boil add the sugar or honey. In this case I used sugar.

Bring the mixture to a full boil for 1 minute. Immediately remove from heat and pour into canning jars or jelly mold(s).

Simple Cranberry Sauce Recipe - Healthier than store bought!

If canning, boil the jars in a large stock pot (the jar should only be about 1/4 inch under the water), with the lid on for 20 minutes.

If placing in a jelly mold, put the mold into the refrigerator for 4+ hours. Serve same day or the next day. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap if using the next day.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce In a Festive Jelly Mold

Enjoy! And watch how impressed your family will be!


Canned Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

It’s so sad that at most grocery stores the only option for canned cranberry sauce is one loaded with high fructose corn syrup. I try to keep that ingredient away from my family as much as possible. This year I decided to try making my own and I was amazed at what I found. 1. It was so much cheaper and now I have extra for the rest of the year. Score! 2. It tastes just as good, maybe even a bit better. 3. It was SO EASY!

I’ll definitely be doing this every year and would challenge you to try it. This could even lead you to an idea for fun and different hostess, teacher, or stocking stuffer gifts.

You can place your cranberry sauce in a jelly mold or can it. I was able to make 1 6in. diameter jelly mold and 4 half pint jars.

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