If you’ve never made your own cranberry sauce then you are truly missing out! Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce puts the canned stuff to shame. Simple ingredients come together in minutes to make a gorgeous, sweet and tangy side dish everyone will love. It’s a must at our table every Thanksgiving.
Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce
I have been making Homemade Cranberry Sauce for a long time now. Growing up we only ever had the canned stuff so I didn’t even realize one could make cranberry sauce. It wasn’t until I was married and making Thanksgiving dinner for the first time that I ran into a homemade cranberry sauce recipe. I thought I should give it a try and I sure am glad I did.
If you haven’t tried making your own cranberry sauce before you should definitely go for it this year. It’s sweet and tangy and adds such a beautiful color to your Thanksgiving plate. Obviously opening a can of cranberry sauce is pretty darn simple to do but I promise the homemade stuff is so easy to make and tastes a thousand times better.
What makes this Homemade Cranberry Sauce so EASY to make?
First of all, I love that I can make Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce a day or two before the festivities. If you needed to make it on Thanksgiving it uses the stove top so you’re not taking up precious oven space. However, they need at least a couple hours in the fridge to cool off and thicken up a bit. Making them a day or two in advanced is even better. One less thing I need to worry about on the day of.
There are only a handful of straightforward ingredients that are easy to pick up at the store. People love to add all kinds of extra ingredients to their homemade cranberries but I honestly think simple is best.
- White Sugar
- Brown Sugar
- Orange Juice
Most dishes I make for Thanksgiving can be quite time consuming. This cranberry sauce can be thrown together fast. Toss all the ingredients in one pan and give a quick stir. 10 minutes later you’ve got cranberry sauce.
Tips for making Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce
- These cranberries smell amazing as they cook so they really get me in the holiday mood. These suckers will pop as they cook which is really fun to hear. It does mean you need to cover them, otherwise they’ll make a mess.
- Once they are covered you’ll need to keep an eye on your cranberries because they will boil over and you will have a sticky mess to clean up. I’m pretty sure I forget this part every year.
- If you’re making this for a crowd you’ll definitely want to double up. You’re going to want leftovers so you can make this Killer Cranberry Cream Cheese Turkey Sandwich with the extras.
Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 1 oz package cranberries you can use frozen but fresh is easy to find around the holidays
- In a medium sized sauce pan over medium heat, dissolve the sugar and cinnamon in the orange juice.
- Stir in the cranberries and cover.
- Cook until most of the cranberries have popped, about 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let cool for a bit.
- Transfer cranberry sauce to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days.