Simple Cranberry Sauce from Scratch

While canned cranberry sauce is convenience, it’s surprising how easy it is to actually make cranberry sauce from scratch. And of course, it’s easy to modify to add other ingredients to give it your own special flavor.

Simple Cranberry Sauce
Basic homemade cranberry sauce.
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 3 cups cranberries
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 1 cup sugar
  1. Rinse 3 cups cranberries under cold water.
  2. Add 1 cup sugar to the pot.
  3. Then add 1 cup water.Bring to a boil.
  4. Boil for about 4-5 minutes.
  5. Reduce heat and add cranberries.Boil and stir occasionally for about 5 minutes and until the cranberries are fully popped.
  6. You can serve the cranberry sauce warm or chill it in an air-tight container in the fridge.
  1. You’ll also need a strainer, measuring cups, a pot and a spoon that can withstand the heat.
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A few years ago I had gotten really sick with a mystery infection that put me in the hospital for over a week. When I got home I wasn't much better off. I had to have foot surgery and was laid up on the sofa for awhile. In that time I watched alot of Food Network and really gained a passion for food and it's preparation, cooking for my family was something I could still do even when I wasn't feeling my best and it was a way to help myself reach a healthier goal as well. Now I find myself always looking for healthier options that still taste wonderful and with my wifes gluten allergy I have even more of a challenge of feeding everyone. Honestly ... I am loving every minute of it. Because my kitchen has become my place of Zen.


  1. I love simplicity, so this is a great recipe for sure. I like adding some bit of orange, too.

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