Originally posted on November 12, 2008
I don’t like canned cranberry sauce. The whole gelatinous ooze thing doesn’t appeal to me.
Actually, I think the biggest problem is the sound it makes when it schloops out of the can onto the plate, and it maintains the ridges from the can. There is nothing appealing about that, in my opinion.
When I first started hosting Thanksgiving at my home, I made my own cranberry sauce. Fresh food is always preferable to food from a metal can, so I found a fresh cranberry sauce recipe, and I cooked it.
And no one liked it but me. Everyone else wanted the jello-like cranberry sauce out of a can.
They don’t know what’s good, Dear Reader.
Seriously. I liked the sauce. I still like the sauce, and I still make it every year. Even if I’m the only person who eats it (and I’m not).
And I don’t get offended if they bring a can of the crappy stuff. It leaves more of the fresh sauce for me.
- 1 package of fresh cranberries (12 ounces)
- zest from ½ orange
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- Rinse cranberries and pour into a medium saucepan. Pick out any spoiled berries, stems, and other undesirable material.
- Add remaining ingredients to the pan. Pour in some water, just enough to cover cranberries. (Use as little water as possible. Hold the cranberries down while you’re pouring. Cranberries float. The more water you add now, the longer you will need to cook the sauce.)
- Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for two to four hours, until sauce reaches desired thickness. If you added a lot of water in step two, you will be cooking forever.
- Taste, and add additional brown sugar as needed.
- Allow to cool. Refrigerate until serving.
Enjoy! Please come back and tell me how you like my cranberry sauce.
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