On this very snowy Thanksgiving day my dish to pass is cranberry sauce, which I love to make. So simple, yet in my humble opinion (and my sisters too) you cannot have a Thanksgiving meal without it. Plus I like to make it because I like to sample warm sauce, it is delicious. Again, so simple to make yet I am always shocked when I see people grabbing the canned processed stuff at the grocery store. (Yuck). Also check out the bottom of the post for a quick photo update on our “canning kitchen” it finally has walls! OK let’s get to this simple and quick cranberry sauce…
- 1 12 oz bag or 3 cups of Fresh Cranberries (pictured above)
- 1 Cup Water
- 1 Cup Sugar
Directions: (**Note: for this post I made a quadruple batch so 4 12OZ bags of cranberries, 4 cups of water, 4 cups sugar)
Dump the cranberries into a colander, pick out any bad ones you see, rise and dump into proper sized pot. Then add your sugar and water, see this step below.
Stir to incorporate ingredients and turn on your stove to a medium/medium high heat. While stirring occasionally you will notice as the mixture heats up the cranberries will start to burst, pop, and split. Bring to a boil. Once boiling set timer for 5 minutes, **DO NOT** boil for longer than 5 minutes or the cranberry sauce once cool will set up firm and no longer be a sauce. See picture below of initial boil stage. Isn’t that color gorgeous?
Once the 5 minute boil ends transfer your pot to a cold water bath to help cool the cranberries. This slows the cooking process and prevents any further cooking.
Stir occasionally to help cool quicker. Once cool, transfer to your Tupperware or bowl of choice and refrigerate. Keeps up to a week in the fridge. YUM, all set for the perfect Thanksgiving feast!
If I was Martha Stewart the above pictures would be staged and color coordinated, but I am not that good. The bowl with spoon was my sample, had to make sure they were good! Please let me know if you have any questions! Enjoy ~ Megan
***Canning Kitchen Update – We have walls and a ceiling! (Whoot whoot) Next is trim, and then urethane to seal, then a custom-built cabinet to hold our 8 burner stove! Don’t mind the ladder, Huz just finished the last piece today and I was rather trigger happy! ENJOY