Cranberry sauce

For the second year in a row, Megan made cranberry sauce from fresh cranberries for our Thanksgiving dinner.  It was surprisingly simple and far better than the Stuff In The Can.  If you like the Stuff In The Can, that’s fine.  I do too.  But now that I’ve tasted the real stuff I have no desire to go back to phony.  This is just too good, too easy, and gives Meg such a sense of accomplishment that I’d be a fool to eat wiggly red jellied cranberry juice.

Fresh Cranberry Sauce

  • 12 oz bag of cranberries
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup sugar (white or brown)
  • 1/2 cup water

Combine and simmer in microwave (covered) or on stovetop til berries burst, about 10 minutes.  Stir and mash a bit as they cook.

Chill thoroughly and serve in a pretty dish.

Really, that’s it.  You thought it would be harder, didn’t you?  It’s time to start a new tradition.  Try it with your next chicken dinner and come to tell us, OK?

homemade cranberry sauce


  1. I made some for the first time this year too!

    The recipe I used called for either orange or apple juice in place of the water. I guess you can use a little less sugar because of it.

    I used orange and it was great!

  2. You can totally play with it too! I like to add crushed pineapple, ginger, and cinnamon to the cooking process (with the pineapple juice you don’t need much sugar).

  3. Woohoo, thanks!
    I don’t want to wait til next Thanksgiving, so I might have to try making some cranberry sauce for Christmas! 🙂

  4. We always make fresh homemade cranberries. They are so yummy!

  5. Hello. I’m a new reader. I got here via MamaOlive ( I’m a return visitor because your posts are filled with such enthusiasm and little wisdoms. I’m enjoying your site! Thanks for sharing…

  6. Much as we LOVE the cranberry sauce shaped like a can, I think we’ll try you’re old timey, labor intensive (when compared to opening a can it is) recipe.


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