What holiday turkey dinner would be complete without the a sweet and tangy sauce made from fresh cranberries? Sure, the tin can shaped jelly mound of Ocean Spray is becoming more and more often the norm at holiday dinners, but making cranberry sauce from fresh cranberries to too easy and too tasty not to.
A simple cranberry sauce can be made with roughly 2 parts cranberries, 1 part water and 1 part granulated sugar by weight. So, begin with a one pound bag of fresh cranberries, one cup water, and one cup granulated sugar. The sugar can be increased to 1-1/2 cup if a sweeter sauce is desired.
Rinse the berries in a colander and remove and stems or bad berries. There's no need to spend too much time on this step. You can also use frozen cranberries - just rinse them and don't worry about defrosting them.
In a medium saucepan, heat the water and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Then bring the syrup up to a boil and pour in the cleaned berries. Adjust the heat so the mixture maintains a simmer and cook until all the berries pop or crack open, about five minutes to seven minutes. Take the sauce off the heat at this point, or simmer it down to the desired thickness. Remember the sauce will thicken a little while cooling. Chill overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
While simmering the berries, additional ingredients can be added for more flavoring such as orange zest, flavored liquors, or spices like cinnamon.
I often freeze the fresh cranberries to ensure I have some for the holidays. I have discovered that the sauce won't thicken if the frozen berries are thawed first. I just put them in straight from the freezer. Last year I found a recipe for cranberry chutney on the internet and it was really good as an alternative.
I've been exploring the cranberry recently too, especially since it's packed with phytochemicals. This is a timely post ... Thank you! I've also replaced the water with orange juice ... with good results. I've used cranberry juice too, which gives tarter results. I've taken to whizzing the sauce in the food processor when still warm. It gives a smoother consistency and seems to distribute the pectin more, helping to thicken the sauce.
Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 9:15 am Post subject: the sauce
I really like the jellied log from a can, but I've just moved to a farm so now I'm expected to make everything from scratch.
I came across your site while looking up basic recipes for "the sauce" and I love it! I used to be an executive secretary for our sheriff's head honchos, but now I stay home and raise children & animals (which are really the same thing, aren't they?). In researching the best and simplest recipes for everyday as well as holiday cooking, I've found "Cooking for Engineers" works well with my mentality. I thank you, and my husband and kids thank you.
I LOVE HOMEMADE CRANBERRY SAUCE..I SOMETIMES ADD ORANGE MARMALADE WITH THE SUGAR AND ORANGE JUICE INSTEAD OF THE WATER. I USUALLY TASTE THE SAUCE TO SEE IF ITS THE SWEETNESS I LIKE AND ADJUST. HERE IS MY RECIPE:
1 PKG CRANBERRIES 1/2 C SUGAR 1/2 C MARMALADE 1 c WATER
ENJOY ! JUDY B.
I THINK MANY OF YOU WOULD ENJOY MY RECIPE FOR FRESH CRANBERRY RELISH IT IS DELICIOUS AND TAKES VERY LITTLE TIME
1 BAG CRANBERRIES 2 SM WHOLE ORANGES 2 SM RED APPLES
1 C. SUGAR 1 CUP WALNUTS (OR PECANS) 2 T MARMALADE
REMOVE STEMS AND SEEDS FROM FRUIT AND CUT INTO QUARTERS, THEN CHOP IN EACH FRUIT SEPARATELY AND PLACE THEM IN A LARGE BOWL AFTER BEING CHOPPED ...ADD MARMALADE & SUGAR ... STIR UNTIL WELL BLENDED..COVER & REFRIGERATE UNTIL READY TO SERVE.
ENJOY ! JUDY B.
Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2006 4:51 pm Post subject: Cranberries for diabetics
I love cranberries and recently learned that a 1/2 cup of uncooked berries is considered a "free food" when included in a diabetic diet. (diabetics can have a couple of servings of "free foods" a day -which are foods that don't have to be counted as they are low in calories and fatfree) For a Quick Fix I pour a cup of cranberries in a bowl with 1/3 cup of water and nuke it for 3 minutes. Stir in a sugar free substitute and let cool. Makes 2 servings and is delish!