Cranberry Sauce - the way it should be!!!

Cranberry Sauce - The Way It Should Be!!! Recipe

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Kris Moler


When I was a kid, we always had the cranberry 'sauce' out of a can. I hated it, but loved cranberries. Part of the problem was the fact that it LOOKS LIKE THE CAN when dumped in a dish!

The taste was never as good as good fresh, tart cranberries.

I have won my family over, this recipe is worth trying on your holiday table. It isn't easy, and should be made a day in advance so it can completely cool.

My dad puts it on his pumpkin pie for dessert.

It is also great on Toast and Bagles in place of jelly!!!


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15 Min
1 Hr


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1 pkg
fresh cranberries
1 c
1 Tbsp
molasses or brown sugar
1 c
1 can(s)
(14 oz) fruit cocktail (packed in water or juice, not syrup)
1/4 tsp
1/4 tsp
1/4 tsp
1 tsp
unflavored gelatin (if needed)
lemon juice (to taste)

How to Make Cranberry Sauce - the way it should be!!!


  • 1Prepare cranberries as package says, cranberries, sugar and water in pan bring to boil, wait for cranberries to begin 'popping' - reduce heat to simmer
  • 2Add Molasses or brown sugar and spices
  • 3Allow to simmer for a few minutes for spices to blend
  • 4Drain fruit cocktail, reserving liquid. Add fruit to cranberry mixture
  • 5Bring back to boil, add some of the fruit cocktail liquid to keep syrup thickness
  • 6Remove from heat
  • 7let cool to room temp
  • 8Taste mixture, if too sweet add (small amount) lemon juice to make more tart. If too tart, add a bit more molasses and cook a little longer. let cool to room temp.
  • 9If mixture is thick syrup consistency, put in fridge and let cool
  • 10If mixture isn't a thick syrup, add a small amount of gelatin (1 tsp should do). quickly re-heat (microwave is ok), stir well, and put in fridge.
  • 11Note: every year this recipe changes a bit, mostly because of the tartness and ripeness of the cranberries available at my market. Don't be afraid to experiment!!!
  • 12Some people like their cranberry sauce less 'chunky'. You can use a hand blender during the 'cooling' stage if you want to blend the fruit into a smoother dish. (I like it chunky!)
  • 13Enjoy!

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About Cranberry Sauce - the way it should be!!!

Course/Dish: Fruit Sides, Fruit Sauces
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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