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Homemade Cranberry Sauce

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Have you ever tried homemade cranberry sauce?  It is so delicious and my kids favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal (probably because it has sugar in it 🤪).  I promise once you have homemade cranberry sauce you will never go back! It comes together with 4 natural ingredients in under 30 minutes and can be made ahead!  This recipe is adaptable and has less sugar than your average recipe.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Adaptations

1. You can do a little as 1/2 cup a sugar and as much as a cup depending on how sweet you like it.  I usually do 2/3 cup.  I do find you need the sugar to cut the tartness of the cranberries.
2. You can swap the apple cider for water if you do not have it or want to reduce the natural sugars. I like using the apple cider because I enjoy how to balances the cranberries.
3. Love orange – swap the apple cider for orange juice and add some orange zest
4. If you don’t like spices you can eliminate the cinnamon stick
5. If you love spices you can add a pinch of cloves or allspice

If you have leftovers you can make mini baked brie cups with it for a fun part of a leftover meal!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Chilling Time: 6 hours
Course:Side Dish
Keyword:Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Holiday, quick and easy, thanksgiving

Ingredients

  • 12 ounce bag cranberries rinsed
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup of sugar I prefer organic sugar because it is less processed
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Instructions

  • Measure all of your ingredients
  • Place them all into a medium pot over medium heat and mix throughly
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • After 20 minutes take off the heat and pour into serving dish or tupperware
  • Allow to come to room temperature and then chill for at least 6 hours

Notes

1. You can do a little as 1/2 cup a sugar and as much as a cup depending on how sweet you like it. I usually do 2/3 cup.
2. You can swap the apple cider for water if you do not have or want to reduce the natural sugars. I just love how to balances the cranberries.
3. Love orange - swap the apple cider for orange juice and add some orange zest
4. If you don't like spices you can eliminate the cinnamon stick
5. If you love spices you can add a pinch of cloves or allspice
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