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Homemade Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Homemade cranberry sauce is so easy to make and so much better than its canned counterpart.

Homemade cranberry sauce is so quick and easy to make yourself and so much more delicious than the canned version. My simple recipe calls for spices and a few seasonal flavors for an additional holiday twist.

Cranberries actually  hold a special place in my heart being as I am New England born and bred. Ocean Spray, which sells most commercial cranberry products in the United States, is headquartered in Plymouth, Massachusetts, barely an hour from where I grew up. 

But even more important to me from a sentimental standpoint, my grandmother's family owned a cranberry bog on Cape Cod after immigrating to the United States from Finland when she was just a little girl. 

They eventually moved to central Massachusetts where they started their chicken farm, but their roots in this country were deeply rooted in the cranberry harvest! 

Today in this country, just five states grow almost all of the nation's cranberries. More than half of all cranberries are grown in Wisconsin, a third still come from Massachusetts and the remaining cranberries are grown in New Jersey, Oregon, and Washington.

Although cranberry sauce is a traditional side dish for the holidays, why limit it to just those occasions? Add some to chicken or tuna salad, serve it over brie or cream cheese with crackers, use it as a barbecue sauce or stir some into yogurt or oatmeal.

Cranberries are considered a "superfood" and are thought to help to prevent cancer, support immune system health and decrease blood pressure. 

They are also an antioxidant and packed with nutrients, so adding more cranberries to your diet is a good thing. And this homemade spiced cranberry sauce is the perfect way to do that.

A basic simple syrup is the foundation for my cranberry sauce. Equal parts sugar and liquid ensure the perfect level of sweetness, but feel free to taste as the sauce is cooking and adjust the sweetener as necessary. 

Instead of sugar, you could try adding honey or maple syrup instead. And the alcohol is completely optional!

(scroll to the bottom for the printable recipe card)

Homemade Spiced Cranberry Sauce

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup cranberry juice

1/2 cup water

12 ounces fresh cranberries

1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

Splash of Cointreau

Lime peel

Cinnamon stick

Star anise

Pinch salt

Instructions | In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, bring the sugars, juice and water to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugars. 

Add the cranberries, vanilla and Cointreau and stir to combine. Add several slices of lime peel and a cinnamon stick or two, a few star anise and a pinch of salt.

Continue to cook at a simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of the berries have burst and the liquid has thickened (it will thicken more as it cools and sets). 

Remove and discard the lime peel, cinnamon sticks and star anise, then let the sauce cool on the counter. Cover and chill for several hours. 

The cranberry sauce will last for about a week in the refrigerator.

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Homemade Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Printable Recipe Card

Homemade Spiced Cranberry Sauce
Yield
8-10 servings
Author
Lisa Steele | Fresh Eggs Daily
Prep time
2 Min
Cook time
10 Min
Total time
12 Min

Homemade Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Homemade cranberry sauce is so easy to make and so much better than canned.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • Splash of Cointreau
  • Lime peel
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Star anise
  • Pinch salt

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, bring the sugars, juice and water to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugars. 
  2. Add the cranberries, vanilla and Cointreau and stir to combine. Add several slices of lime peel and a cinnamon stick or two, a few star anise and a pinch of salt.
  3. Continue to cook at a simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of the berries have burst and the liquid has thickened (it will thicken more as it cools and sets).
  4. Remove and discard the lime peel, cinnamon sticks and star anise, then let the sauce cool on the counter. Cover and chill for several hours.
  5. The cranberry sauce will last for about a week in the refrigerator.
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