Basic Cranberry Sauce

  • jenfur13 Posted: 11/29/08
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    Everyone raves about this sauce every time I make it. I don't know if its the brown sugar instead of white, or the honey, or the allspice - but it is fantastic and I'm now the go-to person for cranberry sauce every holiday!

  • sccook Posted: 12/25/09
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    Very good - much better than the canned variety! So easy to make and tastes really fresh. All my Thanksgiving guests loved it. I will definitely make this every Thanksgiving from now on.

  • jujabbo Posted: 11/28/08
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    Excellent! I loved these cranberries, and they were easy to make. They were pretty sour though. So, if you want it sweeter, add more sugar. Do a little taste test. Another recipe I found in Cooking Light called for 3x the sugar for the same amount of berries.

  • Annelisa Posted: 12/19/08
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    This was great! I only used 2 tblsp of brown sugar, because I like it tart.

  • radiantstar Posted: 11/02/10
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    This is my favorite cranberry sauce recipe. I make it every Thanksgiving! I don't make any adjustments to the recipe. It is so delcious!

  • Laurenshana Posted: 11/24/10
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    Yummy! Excellent cranberry sauce. Followed exact instructions except used a dash of cinnamon instead. Will be making again!

  • SEROMEO Posted: 11/25/10
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    Ive never even had cranberry sauce before but this is awesome. I made this as a healthy replacement to the canned stuff my husband grew up with (I wont even touch that stuff) and he liked it. You cant go wrong with this one!

  • rcturner525 Posted: 11/29/10
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    Have made this for a couple of years now, and it's wonderful. I do think that you need to be willing to tinker with the sugar and honey; sometimes my cranberries seem to be sweeter and need less sugar, but this past time they needed more. Once the sauce has simmered for a while, I use the back of a spoon to pop most of the cranberries so that they will release their pectin and the sauce will congeal a little better. My three year old ate more of this than he did his dessert!

  • eurocook Posted: 11/26/11
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    Agree with the other comments: need to tinker with the sugar; my cranberries were not as ripe as they could have been, and while it tasted okay during prep, I thought it was still a bit too tart at the table.. Also, I popped the berries with the back of spoon as the other reviewer mentioned - for thicker sauce and a smoother presentation.

  • les2112 Posted: 11/13/11
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    I have made this every Thanksgiving for the last three or four years. EVERYONE loves it and it is so incredibly easy to make (and you can make it a day or two ahead of time as well). I highly recommend this recipe as a staple at your Thanksgiving (and Christmas) table.

  • kaxel1075 Posted: 12/16/11
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    Made this for our family Thanksgiving dinner this year and it was a bit hit. It was a bit tart though.

  • Amanda8899 Posted: 11/22/11
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    I make this every year now. It is so easy and I usually do it the day before when baking pies.

  • Laylamama Posted: 11/21/11
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    So good and super quick and easy to make! The allspice gives it a real holiday flavor. I just needed to cook it a little longer to get the right consistency.

  • seaside725 Posted: 02/02/12
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    This is a keeper. It will be my go to recipe for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I did double the amount of brown sugar after reading the reviews. Excellent!

  • littlemtngirl Posted: 11/23/12
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    I made this yesterday; it was great! I followed the recipe exactly and would not recommend any changes. It is super easy and quick to make. Chill it before serving. Only bit of advice; it doesn't make a lot; make sure to read the number of servings and if you have a large dinner party, double the recipe.

  • lynnmarlyn Posted: 11/05/12
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    easy, delicious and perfect every time

  • maddaxx Posted: 12/24/12
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    The recipe is great as it is. Didn't have cinnamon stick, added 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon instead and it worked fine. Excellent!

  • lollypaul Posted: 11/17/12
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    I have made this recipe several times over the past 5 years - it's quick, easy, can be made ahead, and much more flavorful than canned cranberry sauce - no high fructose corn syrup! Made exactly as written. It makes just enough - people like it, but you don't want too much of it left over!

  • CZMZeds Posted: 11/30/13
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    Made this for Thanksgiving. It was outstanding and will be a definite side dish for the annual Thanksgiving feast. I love the spices and flavor to it, I found it was the perfect combination of sweet and tart. I had small but juicey oranges so it only took 1.5 oranges. It was also very easy and simple to make. I made it the day before Thanksgiving, and am still using it a couple days after to accompany my left over turkey.

  • simicook Posted: 11/23/13
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    I made it tonight and will serve it tomorrow for our early Thanksgiving dinner. The recipe is very easy and perfect just as is. I had a few tastes as I was stirring it and it was yummy!

  • kitschywhiz Posted: 01/10/14
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    Delicious! It came out very very tangy the first time which I surprisingly didn't mind but I'm making it right now and I don't have orange juice on hand so I substituted mango juice. I used about 2/6's cup of sugar instead (so a third less), upped the honey, and it's coming out more sweet and less tangy! Do your own thing with it, it's a delicious basic recipe!

  • Lynn2877 Posted: 11/24/13
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    I made this in my crock pot for two hours. I didn't use the allspice only the cinnamon. when the cranberiies are tender I used my immersible blender to smooth the cranberries. this is a sauce if you want it more like the canned jelly add use one pkg of unflavored gelatin following directions on the box after sauce is done but use the sauce as the hot water.

  • JennyT Posted: 11/27/13
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    I swore by the jellied canned cranberry sauce until this recipe! It is perfectly balanced, sweet & spicy, but not too spicy. Perfect sauce, in my book, and I make it every year a few days ahead of Thanksgiving.

  • ashleyt1987 Posted: 12/09/13
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    Best cranberry sauce ever. I used Simply Orange instead of squeezing my own oranges. Much better than white sugar, water, and cranberries!

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