Bonnie made homemade cranberry sauce the other day and I couldn't believe how easy she made it look...so I had to try it for myself. The verdict: it really is that easy! I'll never buy canned cranberry sauce again - unless I'm in a place so isolated that fresh cranberries are nowhere to be found and I have a craving I cannot control. Don't see either happening often, so I see lots of homemade cranberry sauce in my future! :)
There were several recipes on the back of the bag of cranberries, and I was tempted to try the cranberry orange bread, but I stuck to the plan and made the sauce.
The whole recipe is 1 bag of fresh cranberries, 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar. That's it. I decided to be crazy like Bonnie and add the zest of 1 orange to add another flavor.
Once all your ingredients are in the saucepan, boil rigorously for 5 minutes. The cranberries pop as they boil, but I walked away to clean something and only heard a couple. Sad.
I don't recommend walking away like I did, because my rigorous boil got a little out of hand and now I have a sticky, sugary, cranberry mess on my stove-top. That'll be fun to clean later.
Here's the finished sauce, cooling. We'll be having it tonight with beef stroganoff for dinner:
Cranberry sauce didn't make the cut for our Thanksgiving menu, but now I'll have to add it :)