The Cranberry Sauce is often an afterthought, for a holiday dinner. However, Thanksgiving is about celebrating all that we have to be thankful for, right? At this time of year, our ancestors were giving their thanks for the bounty of the harvest. Back, then, our food didn't come in cans. People cooked from scratch with what was available.
Homemade Cranberry Sauce is easy to make. The freshness of homemade tastes a million times better than anything that you can buy in a can.
Oh, and that turkey, the one you have worked so hard to roast to a golden perfection, deserves the freshest of the best accompaniments, does it not? I think that once you try making your own cranberry sauce, you won't ever want to open a can again.
Fresh cranberries are in season now, and are available everywhere. I believe that we should celebrate this season of Thanksgiving, by eating real food. Food that's grown in the places and in the soil right where we live. Let us all be thankful for, and appreciate what grows in the soil so close to us, and be thankful that we also have easy access to that food.
There are many amazing, nutritious and delicious foods that are being grown and harvested right here on our North American continent. Cranberries are one of them. Cranberries are native to North America, and farmers are harvesting them right now, just in time for our Thanksgiving celebrations.
It's easy and simple to add homemade cranberry sauce to your Thanksgiving dinner. So let's do it. Homemade cranberry sauce doesn't take much effort or time to make, and by making it yourself you control the amount of sugar and eliminate all the other crap that that comes in that can, including where it comes from.
.I like to make the cranberry sauce ahead of time, (you can do it a couple of days ahead and store in the fridge, covered), taking one more holiday dinner countdown chore off the list.
Cranberries are very tart so even a cup of sugar in this recipe lets that tartness shine through. You can use more or less depending on what you prefer for sweetness verses tartness. The orange juice is a perfect compliment. And how simple is this recipe?
- 12 ounces fresh cranberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup orange juice (fresh is best)
- In a medium sized saucepan and over medium heat, dissolve the sugar in the orange juice.
- Add the cranberries, and continue to cook, stirring unitl the cranberries begin to pop (about 10 minutes)
- Remove from heat and transfer the cranberry sauce to a serving dish. The cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools