Cranberry Sauce

Recipe for Cranberry Sauce
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3/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, or to taste
ground ginger, to taste (optional)
zest of 1 orange, or to taste
4 cups fresh cranberries


In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine orange juice and both sugars. Stir until dissolved.

Add cinnamon, ginger (if using), and orange zest and stir well. Add cranberries and stir occasionally for 10 to 15 minutes until the cranberries start bursting. Keep cooking for an additional minute or two, then remove from heat.

Allow sauce to cool and thicken a bit before putting it into a food storage container, then refrigerate.


Approximately 1 quart

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Cranberry sauce

I just made this with the 12 oz. There wasn't that much difference and I didn't affect the outcome. I left out the ginger and I added 1/2 cup of the brown sugar also. It is awesome! Thank you for the recipe.


Being diabetic the sugar and o. j. are out of the question. I've made cranberry relish using artificial sweeteners and it jelled just fine. Granted, it didn't taste as good but at least I didn't have to give up on this favorite turkey side of mine. I've also made it using a small pkg of sugar free strawberry Jello and that worked pretty well too.

Cranberry sauce

For a much better tasting sauce, cook the berries in Cran-Raspberry juice, instead of orange juice. Test it and see the difference!!! Yummy in your tummy!!!

Cranberry sauce recipe above.

You can't get 4 cups of cranberries from a12 ounce bag. Can you please tell us which is correct?

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Hi, Bella. Four cups is the correct measurement. Thanks for pointing out the discrepancy.

Cranberry Sauce Recipe

The recipe calls for 1 12-oz bag of cranberries. The instructions say to add 4 cups cranberries. Which is it?