Bigger ingredient lists aren’t always better. What if I told you that you only need 3 ingredients to whip up an excellent and easy cranberry sauce? Would you believe me?
Well, you should. Because it’s absolutely true!
Pick Your Cranberries
Whether you’re using frozen or fresh cranberries, all you need to do is boil them down. And since you’re boiling them, if you do decide to go with frozen you don’t even need to thaw!
Go ahead and throw your cranberries in a saucepan! Just make sure your pan has a lid.
Pick Your Liquid
Water is the obvious go-to, by why not kick it up a notch? Consider using a fruit juice such as orange or apple juice to add a hint of flavor. You can even use a sweetened tea such a hibicus
In your saucepan, cover your cranberries about 2/3rds of the way with your liquid of choice!
Pick Your Sweetener
Cranberries are naturally tart, so we need to add a bit of sugar to tone down the sour. Unlike with your liquid where it’s best to branch out, when it comes to the sweetener stick to basic such as pure sugar or Splenda. Anything too fancy and you risk ruining the flavor of the cranberries.
Add a small handful of sugar (we like to keep it technical) to your saucepan with your berries and liquid. Allow it to simmer covered until the sugar is melted, generally about 15 minutes. You’ll know it’s down when it has a jelly-like consistency.
Pick Your Optional Extras
Now, you can stop right there if you’d like and you’ll have yourself a pretty decent cranberry sauce from scratch. But who doesn’t like a little extra? For an adults-only Thanksgiving try throwing in a spoonful of booze at the end to liven up the party. You can also add spices such as cinnamon, anise, or cloves to wake up the tastebuds.
And there you have it! Your very own cranberry sauce from scratch. Now get out there and gorge on some turkey legs!