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Homemade Cranberry Sauce EASY

The simple way to make real, homemade cranberry sauce easy is shown here. It has real bits of cranberries as well.

About Homemade Cranberry Sauce Easy Recipe

There are tons of recipes to make with cranberries, including a cranberry mimosa, but there are only a few ways to make it staying closest to its native form. These are as a sauce, jellied, or molded.

Speedy, Easy, Tasty
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This recipe is the most basic and traditional way to make cranberry sauce. There are no added messy steps like using cheesecloths. We show you how to make homemade cranberry sauce simple.

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Speedy, Easy, Tasty
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cool Down Time + Refrigerator Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 40 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 99


  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup water
  • 12 oz fresh cranberries
  • tsp cinnamon


  • Rinse fresh cranberries and sort out to discard imperfect berries.
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  • In a small saucepan bring water, sugar, and orange juice to a boil. Add cinnamon and cranberries to boiling mixture. Reduce heat to medium, stirring occasionally, for about 20-30 minutes. As the cranberries cook during the medium boil, they will pop.
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  • When the majority of the cranberries appear to have "popped", i.e., they are all very soft, turn off the heat. The sauce will thicken as it cools for the next 1 hour.
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  • Transfer into serving bowl and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours, or until it has set.
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Nutritional Values of Homemade Cranberry Sauce

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I never imagined that making homemade cranberry sauce was this easy and quick. It doesn’t compare with canned and you’ll truly appreciate its natural flavors. It goes perfectly during holiday dinners, especially with this Roasted Turkey Recipe in Oven.

This recipe is listed on our Dinner Ideas for Christmas Eve article, where you’ll also see other traditional and non-traditional fun recipes for main courses, sides, appetizers, salads, and breads.

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