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Homemade Cranberry Sauce

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A traditional cranberry sauce made from scratch with just 5 ingredients. Takes only 15 minutes (plus chill time for best results).

  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x


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  • 12 ounces of fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • A pinch of salt


  1. Rinse and clean cranberries.
  2. In a saucepan, combine water, orange juice, salt, and brown sugar.
  3. Bring to a gentle boil over high heat.
  4. Then add the cranberries.
  5. Reduce to medium-high heat and cook until most cranberries burst, about 8 minutes. (The sauce will start to thicken as well.)
  6. Remove from heat and cool completely.
  7. Add to a container and chill in the fridge for several hours, overnight is best.
  8. Serve and enjoy!


  • Chilling in the fridge is essential to cutting the bitterness of the cranberries.
  • You can add a stick of cinnamon or a teaspoon of cinnamon, if desired.
  • Author: Kelsey Restemayer
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 186
  • Sugar: 45.1 g
  • Sodium: 240.4 mg
  • Fat: 0.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 49.1 g
  • Protein: 0.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
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