3 Ingredient Cranberry Sauce Recipe

3 Ingredient Cranberry Sauce

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If you think cranberry sauce is the best thing about Thanksgiving dinner, then don’t give in to the can! Use this super simple 3 ingredient homemade cranberry sauce recipe and make your own this year.

My family has an addiction to cranberry sauce…especially homemade cranberry sauce. There’s no opening 1 can (or jar!) here! These people eat it right up and we always end up opening two…and yes, there is only 4 of us…which basically makes us pigs.

However, by learning to make homemade cranberry sauce, you can reduce the sugar and therefore serve your family even more, because now you know it’s good for them!

Does that make you feel a little better? Good!

So, you have 2 choices on how to make this delicious Homemade Cranberry Sauce.

Choice #1 – Make it for NOW

Choice #2 – Make it for LATER

It’s up to you how you want to do it. But, I highly recommend canning this stuff. It’s like gold, my friends!

So, let’s get to it, shall we…

Make it for NOW

3 Ingredient Homemade Cranberry Sauce: EAT IT NOW VERSION

Course Side Dish
Keyword Sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Jelling Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice

Instructions

  • Combine the above ingredients in a medium saucepan. Stir to combine.
  • Heat on medium temperature for about 10 minutes or until the cranberries burst.
  • Remove cranberry sauce from saucepan and place in a bowl with a lid. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes. The sauce will thicken as it cools.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Make it for LATER

Before you get started: Be sure to read instructions here for safe canning methods and find your appropriate canning time in the table shown here.

Here’s the recipe…

Supplies You’ll Need:

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3 Ingredient Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe: CANNING VERSION

Course Side Dish
Keyword Canning
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Water Bath 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 pints

Ingredients

  • 4 cups sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • 8 cups cranberries, whole
  • 1 cup orange juice

Instructions

  • Sterilize and prepare 4 pint or 8 half-pint jars.
  • Combine sugar and water in a large pot and heat on high until boiling.
  • Add cranberries and orange juice to the sugar syrup.
  • Continue heating on high temperature until boiling. Reduce heat and cook for an additional 15 to 20 minutes or until cranberries have all burst.
  • OPTIONAL STEP: Strain or run through a food milled if you'd like Cranberry Jelly or skip this step if you'd like Whole Cranberry Jelly.
  • Ladle cranberry sauce into prepared jars.
  • Wipe rims and place the lids on the jars.
  • Process in a hot water bath for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from water bath and allow jars to sit on the counter overnight.
  • Label each jar and store for future use. Refrigerate any unsealed jars.

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