What is it… you ask!
We love it! However, I am not a fan of the stuff in the can. The first time I cooked Thanksgiving I used canned cranberry sauce. I said never again… and found this recipe. Homemade Cranberry Sauce is better in my opinion because of it’s sweet/tart taste and its texture.
Here is the easy recipe I found years ago in the Food Magazine ~Taste of Home.
The ingredients are simple to gather. Everything is in your pantry except for the apple and cranberries.
A heavy medium sized pot is a must.
Pour 3/4 cup of water in the pot and add 3/4 cup of sugar. Bring to a boil so that the sugar dissolves.
I use a silicone spatula to stir. It is perfect as it scrapes the sides of the pot and it can withstand the heat.
Wash your cranberries and remove any bad ones, sticks and/or stems.
After the sugar has dissolved its time to add all of your cranberries. Add them to your hot sugar water all at once.
Bring them back up to a boil. The cranberries will start to pop. Hear them pop in the following short video.
After they are done popping, add 1 diced apple along with 1 tsp. nutmeg (freshly grated is best) and 1 tsp. cinnamon. (1 tsp. of vanilla can be added as well …it’s optional) Bring the mixture to a boil and then simmer for 15-20 minutes. Stir frequently to help ensure that the mixture does not burn. Sometimes adding another 1/4 cup or so of water helps the mixture from sticking to the pan.
After about 15 minutes or so… your mixture should look thick and the apples should be cooked and soft.
Let the mixture cool down in pan. After it is somewhat cooled… pour into a bowl or serving container. Let the cranberry sauce cool even more …uncovered on your kitchen counter. Then when it’s finally cool …cover and place in refrigerator. This makes about 2 1/2 cups.
So… do you like cranberry sauce? Have you made it? What do you add to yours? Raisins? Walnuts? Orange Zest? Maple Syrup? Honey? I would love to hear! If you have never made it before I hope you give this a try for your Thanksgiving Feast!
Thanks for reading another edition of Tuesday Tidbits!
Until Next Time ~Nancy
31 thoughts on “Tuesday Tidbits #53 ~You Either Love It or You Hate It”
I’m on team #loveit and also make my own rather than go the tin route.
So you make yours… what do you add?
Equal parts water and sugar and then boil. Really simple, but I like it. I was looking at your version though and thinking, I bet I’d like it that way too.
I enjoy the apples added … and every once in a while I add chopped walnuts.
Thanks for the visit my friend!
Nancy, yours sounds delicious. I’ve never made homemade because my husband likes the canned so that’s what we have.
Oh I hope you can give this a try. My father in law liked the can only… so we always had the can kind and my homemade. 😊
Looks delicious, and I make my own as well. Happy cooking this week and have a very Happy Thanksgiving. 🙂
Yes! The smells will be wonderful and we get to see the kids! Happy Cooking to you too and enjoy your Cranberry Sauce!
Nancy, I love the home-made and have made it several times and it was only eaten by me. I do add orange to mine. My sweet Daddy loves the canned, so I already have it in my pantry. Can you believe no one else in my family likes cranberries? The popping of your cranberries is music to my ears!
Happy Thanksgiving dear friend! 🦃
Pam… we truly are kindred spirits. My father in law loved the canned and I always had it in the pantry as well. I have put Orange Zest in mine but only if I have an Orange in the fridge. Lol!
Happy Thanksgiving my Alabama Friend! 🦃
Back at you my Arizona and Pennsylvania friend🦃
Yours sure does look like it leaves canned in the rear view mirror, Nance!
You did it again … Mr. Mark… you said it oh so perfectly! 😊
Growing up we always had the canned sauce, those rings make me flinch today! I love homemade cranberry sauce, it’s easy to make and I’ll have to try it with apple next time! Enjoy the holiday Nancy!
Thank you Jenna and I flinch when I see those rings toooooo! Have a fun Noliday with Family sweet Jenna!
Hi Nancy, I love Cranberry Sauce and IF I ever find any fresh ones here, I’ll certainly give your recipe a go. Have a Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow. 🙂
I’m glad to hear that. I bet they may be hard to find in Australia. Thanks for stopping by! 😊
I think they are. But then I’ve never looked 😊
I’m saving this recipe.. I’ve not seen one with apples in it and it sounds good.. I’m on three fence about cranberry sauce so this recipe may make me love it.. happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Oh same to you Jamala! Are you cooking for Thanksgiving?
I’m crazy for cranberry sauce, especially on leftover turkey sandwiches. Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for following.
Happy Thanksgiving to you as well! It’s been nice to have our paths cross because of blogging. Enjoy the festivities! 🦃
I’ve never actually had homemade cranberry sauce. I’m saving this recipe so I can try it, because it looks really good!
I really enjoy it.. especially the next day on a turkey and which. Some add a little orange zest. Hope you give it a try.
Happy Thanksgiving Michelle! 😊🦃
Thanks so much!
I am so use to the can version….this looks so much better….thanks for passing on the recipe!
Hope you give it a try!
Sounds yummy, Nancy!
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Looks delicious, i have never had homemade cranberry sauce.
We enjoy it very much!