Cranberry Sauce: Thanksgiving’s Jell-O
Can I just confess? I loved canned cranberry sauce as a kid. It always felt like I was eating Jell-O with my meal instead of as a dessert. Truthfully, I never ate homemade cranberry sauce until a few years ago. My eyes opened wide when my mother-in-law mentioned how easy it was. I just thought you always ate it out of a can. I don’t think I even saw real cranberries except on a bottle of Ocean Spray cranberry juice. And even that was only when my dad had kidney stones and was downing the stuff every chance he could get. Just in case you’ve never seen them either…
Spiced Orange-Cranberry Sauce: The Taste of What Fall Smells Like
So when I found out that cranberry sauce didn’t naturally come in a can, I took to the internet. This stuff is so easy to make! It takes all of 20 minutes and minimal dishes (a bonus for any mama). On top of that, all the goodness of fall will fill your house when you are done. This has just the right amount of sweet and tart and a hint of all the fall flavors that makes your heart warm up. Think of it as potpourri you can eat! It just makes my heart feel warm and fuzzy.
If you aren’t really a fan of the fall spices in your cranberry sauce, check out this orange-cranberry sauce made with brown sugar. Enjoy the noms!
So Easy It’ll Make You Wanna Slap Yo’ Mama
I wouldn’t really recommend you slap your mama when you finish making this. It’ll probably cause some awkward moments at the dinner table and if your mama is a tough cookie like mine, she’ll slap you back.
Just throw some orange juice (and zest) along with some sweetener (I used honey) and water. Set it on medium heat until the sweetener dissolves.
Toss in those cranberries and bring them to a boil. I love hearing them pop. It’s weird, I know.
Once you bring it to a boil, toss in the spices and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Voila! And You’re Welcome!