Cranberry season

I don’t know what happened, but somewhere along the way, I started buying, not making, cranberry sauce. I found this delicious sauce that was made on Cape Cod, but alas, it isn’t available anymore. My husband doesn’t eat cranberry sauce with turkey, and his family trots out the canned jellied kind, which I really hate on every level.


Then I remembered that my mother and grandmother always made their own cranberry sauce for the holidays and it didn’t seem to have been a big deal. So I began searching for recipes online and found one that seemed really quick and easy. So I made it and it’s delicious! So good, in fact, that my husband has been eating it right out of the container.

Here it is:

1 bag fresh cranberries (about 11 ounces if I remember)

1 cup orange juice

1 cup sugar

orange zest

Dissolve the sugar in the orange juice and bring to a gentle boil. Add the berries and orange zest and cook until the berries start bursting. Remove the pot from the stove. The sauce will thicken nicely as it cools. Raise a glass to your genius and prepare for the accolades.


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12 Responses to Cranberry season

  1. Anubis Bard says:

    That’s great. If I have good ingredients that I want to experiment with I always troll for the simplest recipes that I can find. I’m rarely disappointed.


  2. Joyce Torrice says:



  3. CJ Wright says:

    How much easier can it get than that? Thanks for the recipe, dn. I don’t know what it is about the canned sauce. Remember the ridges? And people getting upset because it had berries in it sometimes?


    • dirtynailz says:

      Yes the ridges! You’d think people who buy that would break it up so you can’t see those.
      This is the easiest recipe ever. You’ll love it.


      • CJ Wright says:

        I picked up a bag of cranberries yesterday to do a trial run. Well, I just wanted some really. I don’t have anything to trial run for. 🙂


      • dirtynailz says:

        Do it, CJ. You will not believe how delicious it tastes and you will ask yourself why you didn’t try it sooner. At least I did….
        Let me know how it turns out!


  4. Diana Studer says:

    I use dried cranberries in our morning muesli.


  5. Lee May says:

    Thanks for that taste of New England. Delicious.


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