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December 6, 2013

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Every holiday I try to come up with at least one new dish to try and recreate on my own. I've never been a big fan of the gelatin cranberry you buy in the can, so this year for Thanksgiving, I gave my own cranberry sauce a try. Here are the steps I took to making it and let me just say it was pretty darn tasty! 

Step 1: Prepare the essentials

1 cup of Sugar
1 cup water
1 12oz bag of fresh cranberries 
1 oranges or lemon (For added citrus flavor from zest)
1 tablespoon of orange juice concentrate (frozen or not)

(Total cook time is estimated between 10-15 minutes)

Step 2: Mix together your 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar into a pot that is resting on low heat. Let sit until it starts to come to a simmering boil.

Step 3: Once your sugar water is simmering, wash your fresh cranberries under cool water and pour it into your pot. Turn up the heat to high. 

Step 4: Let the cranberries sit until they boil in the sugar water and wait until they start to open and pop (yes, really, they literally pop open once heated enough; you can hear and see it!)

Step 5: Take your tablespoon of orange concentrate and pour it into the pot to simmer. Then grate your orange (or preferred citrus) and pinch the zest into the pot to get a great tangy taste. 

Step 6: Turn your heat down to medium and let your pot sit on the stove for about 7 minutes or until sauce starts to thicken enough to stick to the stirring spoon. 

Step 7: Once it is a good thick consistency, take your pot off the burner and pour into a sealable bowl.

Step 8: Seal the bowl to allow steam to thicken and concentrate flavors. Then, place in the refrigerator to chill before you serve.

That's it! It's a quick and easy way to add a little something to your meal. Even though Thanksgiving is now over, the holiday season has just begun! If a tart cranberry sauce with a hint of citrus is your thing, I suggest you give this a try.

Have a great weekend!

Xx Katie

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