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How to Make the Perfect Cranberry Sauce

By: Lana Abdulrahman, Sports Editor, The Pawprint

Thanksgiving is a very special holiday that is loved all around the world, when it comes down to why people love Thanksgiving I think the majority would say it’s because of all the delicious food. Well they’re not wrong, I mean listen to the sound of this, stuffed turkey breast slices with gravy poured all over, a side of sweet potatoes or mashed potatoes (maybe even both) and cornbread dipped into some delicious cranberry sauce. I’m already hungry!

What if I told you I can guide you into making the perfect cranberry sauce in only 20 minutes! There are 3 different recipes on how you can make it to help fit your needs the best, here’s what you’ll have to do: 


  1. Stir in any of the following at the end of cooking: pecans, orange zest, raisins, currants, blueberries, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice.
  2. For a stronger orange flavor, decrease the amount of water in the recipe to 1/2 cup and add 1/2 cup orange juice.
  3. For a reduced-sugar cranberry sauce, use half the amount of sugar called for, then taste and add more as needed. Also reduce the amount of water to 1/2 cup, adding more as needed if the sauce seems too thick.
  4. To make sugar-free cranberry sauce, substitute a sugar replacer like Splenda or Truvia for the sugar.


For the best consistency, make sure the cranberry sauce is thoroughly chilled before serving so it has time to set up. Making it the day before Thanksgiving gives it plenty of time to chill and saves you a task on the day itself.

You can make this cranberry sauce up to a week before serving.


Refrigerate leftover cranberry sauce for up to 2 weeks. Or freeze the sauce for up to 6 months.

Although, if you wanna make it the traditional homemade cranberry sauce, follow the recipe below:

  1. Empty a 12-ounce bag of fresh or frozen cranberries into a saucepan and transfer 1/2 cup to a small bowl
  2. Add 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 strip orange or lemon zest
  4. 2 tablespoons water to the pan and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves and the cranberries are soft, about 10 minutes
  5. Increase the heat to medium and cook until the cranberries burst, about 12 minutes
  6. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the reserved cranberries
  7. Add sugar, salt and pepper to taste and cool to room temperature before serving

And that’s 4 different ways on how to make the ultimate homemade cranberry sauce that can fit your needs/ health restrictions. Have a lovely Thanksgiving and stuff your face with some delicious food!

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