Simple Cranberry Sauce

Have you ever tried to make your own cranberry sauce?

Honestly it’s ridiculously easy to make….if you try making it you will never want to eat it from a can again!

Cranberries naturally have a thickener called pectin inside the berries so they magically thicken on their own.  All you need to do is add sugar, water and lemon juice and voila!  A tasty topping for turkey, cake, yogurt or even pumpkin pie!


  • 1 cup (200 g) sugar
  • 1 cup (250 mL) water
  • 4 cups (1 12-oz package) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2 tbsp of lemon juice


1.  Wash and pick over cranberries.  In a saucepan bring to a boil water and sugar, stirring to dissolve sugar.  Add cranberries, return to a boil.  Reduce heat, simmer for 10 minutes or until cranberries burst.  Have the lid partially on to avoid making a mess on the stove.

2.  Remove from heat.  Cool completely at room temperature and then chill in refrigerator.  Cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.

Cranberry sauce base makes 2 1/4 cups.


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