Fresh Cranberry Sauce
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Whenever I hear “I’ll bring the cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving” I will admit, I immediately start hoping that whomever it is will be making it fresh. There are some foods where arguably canned is similar in quality to fresh (for example, some types of soup). Cranberries are not that way – they are significantly better if made fresh. The flavor is very clean and prominent – and because most people just buy a can you’ll look like an amazing chef because you decided to make it yourself. The best part? It could not be any easier to make. 

How to make Fresh Cranberry Sauce

  1.  Boil. Place the orange juice and sugar in a pan and stir periodically until it boils. 
  2. Cook. Place the cranberries in the mixture and allow it to cook for 15 minutes or until all cranberries have “popped”.
  3. Mix and chill. Mix in the remaining ingredients, pour it into a bowl and allow it to chill for at least 2. hours in the fridge. 
spoonful of cranberry sauce

Commonly Asked Questions

1. How long does homemade fresh cranberry sauce last? If properly stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator, this will last 10-14 days. 
2. What can I do with leftover fresh cranberry sauce? We love to use it in chicken/turkey wraps! You could also use it to replace the fruit in your favorite muffin recipe!
3. Can I freeze leftover fresh cranberry sauce? Definitely! It can store for 8-12 months in an air-tight container. 
4 Is fresh cranberry sauce healthy? Cranberries are high in anti-oxidents, which help your body protect itself from disease. It tastes good and is good for you!

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cranberry sauce in a bowl with a spoon in it

Classic Cranberry Sauce

An easy homemade cranberry sauce that features fresh cranberries and warm spices to create a delicious side to any meal!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 61 kcal


  • 12 oz fresh cranberries
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  • Place the liquid and sugar in a sauce pan on medium heat. Stir periodically until it boils.
  • Pour the cranberries directly into the pan and reduce it to a simmer for 15 minutes. The longer it cooks, the thicker the sauce will be. The cranberries will make popping sounds as they burst and may have minimal splatter.
  • Mix in the cinnamon and maple syrup. Place in a heat safe bowl and let cool for 2 hours in the refrigerator. Serve and enjoy!


Serving: 1ozSodium: 3mgCalcium: 13mgSugar: 12.1gFiber: 1.1gPotassium: 95mgCalories: 61kcalCarbohydrates: 14.2g
Keyword #cranberry, cranberries, dinner, sauce, sides, thanksgiving
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