Why You Absolutely Should Make Homemade Cranberry Sauce This Year

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe + Tutorial | Kristy's Cottage blog

Have you ever made your own homemade cranberry sauce for the holidays?

If not, why not?

Homemade cranberry sauce is one of the easiest recipes to make instead of buy, and the results are so delicious!

In this post, I’m going to show you a super simple homemade cranberry sauce recipe…

and tutorial (with pictures!)

to guide you every step of the way.

You seriously only need three ingredients!

sugar, cranberries + water

Here’s a homemade cranberry sauce recipe to print-

Easiest Ever Homemade Cranberry Sauce

A holiday recipe that's too simple NOT to make!

Servings 6 people

Ingredients

  • 1 C water
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 12-oz bag whole, fresh cranberries

Instructions

  1. Pour the water into a medium-size saucepan and heat the burner to medium-high heat. Gently stir the sugar into the water with a whisk while the water heats up.  

  2. While the water mixture is heating, rinse the fresh cranberries in a colander and cold water. 

  3. Once the water mixture comes to a boil, carefully pour in the cranberries! Stir, and reduce the temperature a little so that the water continues to simmer.

  4. Let the cranberries simmer for about ten minutes, stirring occasionally with a whisk.  

  5. Once the cranberry sauce has thickened, remove from heat and pour into a glass serving bowl. Chill before serving!

Let’s get to that tutorial: 

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe + Tutorial | Kristy's Cottage blog

Start out with a 12-ounce bag of whole, fresh cranberries.

Pour them into a colander (like this one) and rinse really well with cold water.

Pour the water and sugar (I love this brand) into a sauce pan.

Heat everything over medium-high heat.

Stir with a whisk and heat until water begins to boil.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe + Tutorial | Kristy's Cottage blog

Once the water boils, carefully pour in the cranberries.

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After a few minutes, the cranberries will begin to “pop” as the pectin is released.

This is my kids very favorite part!

Stir the cranberries occasionally, and mash a little with your whisk if you like a smoother sauce.

(Personally, I like to leave mine a little “chunky.”) 

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe + Tutorial | Kristy's Cottage blog

Once the cranberry sauce is thick, carefully pour it into a glass serving bowl.

Chill before serving.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe + Tutorial | Kristy's Cottage blog

And there you go… fresh, homemade cranberry sauce!

This is just the way my husband loves it… poured over hot-out-of-the-oven gluten-free cornbread stuffing.

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