Simple and Quick Cranberry Sauce

cranberry sauce 1On 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.

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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?

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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.

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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!

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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

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