How to Make Cranberry Sauce

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  • Making Cranberry Sauce
    Native Americans ate cranberries long before the Pilgrims landed in the New World. The tart berries appeared in many dishes, including pemmican, a concentrated mixture of meat and fruit. Many people believe that cranberries were served at the first Thanksgiving dinner, though there is no historical evidence of this. In any event, the colonists adopted cranberries into their own cooking, adding sugar and using them for relish or as an ingredient in sweetened puddings and pies. Today, Thanksgiving dinner would not be complete without a nice cranberry sauce to accompany the holiday bird. This year, forgo the canned variety and cook up your own fresh, delicious sauce for family and guests.

    What you will need:

    • 12 ounces of cranberries
    • 1 cup of granulated sugar
    • 1 cup of orange juice

    1. Dissolve sugar in the orange juice in a medium-sized pan over medium heat.
    2. Stir in cranberries, and cook them until they begin to pop, about 10 minutes.
    3. Take from heat, and pour sauce into a bowl. The sauce will thicken with cooling.


    • For a more gelled sauce, reduce orange juice to ½ cup.
    • For more flavor, reduce orange juice to ¾ cup, and add ¼ cup of Grand Marnier.

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    Written By: Shannon R
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