Simple Basic Cranberry Sauce Recipe
Let’s talk about making simple Basic Cranberry Sauce.
The moment cranberries hit the markets we think of holidays. There is something about that tantalizing sweet but tart taste of cranberry sauce that adds a much-needed bit of holiday flair to roast turkey and sage stuffing. Today, I am sharing my favorite basic cranberry sauce. It is simple and fast to make and honestly so much better than that stuff in the can!
Cranberries are ready for harvest around mid-September. Their harvesting season lasts until around mid-November, which is perfect timing for Thanksgiving. We serve cranberry dishes during Christmas and New Year’s dinners at our home. So, when I see those cranberries at the market, I grab a few extra bags and toss them in the freezer. Frozen cranberries are fine for sauces!
If you plan on purchasing fresh cranberries for your Simple Basic Cranberry Sauce Recipe and other yummy cranberry recipes follow these simple tips.
- Check each bag for freshness. Look for bags of cranberries that have no mushy berries.
- If you plan on cooking real soon, fresh cranberries can be refrigerated for up to 30 days.
- Frozen cranberries can be stored in the freezer for up to 1 year! Just pop the entire bag(s) into the freezer! This is truly a perfect solution to fresh cranberry sauce lovers. 🙂
Let Make Some Cranberry Sauce!
- 12-ounce bag fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon lemon or orange zest ( two long strips if fresh, coarsely chopped)
- 1 /2 teaspoon salt
- Empty 12-ounce bag of cranberries into a saucepan, add 1 cup sugar, a tablespoon of lemon or orange zest, and three tablespoons of water, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
- Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves and berries are soft around 10 minutes. Increase heat to medium and cook until berries burst, around another 10 minutes.
- Add sugar to taste and cool to room temperature before serving.
You can make this dish ahead of time and freeze. Use frozen cranberry sauce within 2-months after preparation.
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