I was browsing on Etsy the other day and came across this lovely picture of a vintage cranberry serving set. How funny is that? They actually had a special silver plated serving set for the can-shaped cranberry jelly! A cranberry cylinder fits perfectly in the serving tray, and the serving utensil efficiently slices off jiggling disks to serve to your dinner guests! Ummm…..eww?
I’m sorry if what I am about to say offends some of you…but I can’t STAND that jellied cranberry sauce that comes in a can!
I mean LOOK at it! It’s unnatural I tell you!
I’m not a big fan of the “whole berry” cranberry sauce in a can either, although it’s a big improvement over the gelatinous blob. But….I didn’t always feel that way.
Until I got married and was on my own for Thanksgiving for the first time…I figured the cranberries that magically appeared on our table every Thanksgiving were from a can! Oh the naivete of youth! But the first time I bought a can of cranberries I was appalled at how unsatisfactory they tasted compared to the cranberries my Mom served up every year. So I called up my Mom and asked her what the “secret” was. Well, color me cranberry-red! It turns out…making cranberry sauce from real, fresh cranberries is about the easiest thing to make on the face of the earth.
So I am here to declare on this day before the day before Thanksgiving….there is absolutely NO reason to ever buy canned cranberries again. (Unless of course you prefer them that way. Which I completely understand! It’s kind of along the same lines as my 13 year old son who will eat instant mashed potatoes, but not the homemade kind. *exasperated sigh*)
I realize this “declaration” will be old news to some of you. But when I was a young married gal it was a revelation! So this is for those of you who have yet to “see the light” when it comes to canned cranberries vs. fresh cranberries! Now, step away from the can opener….and come with me over to the stove.
This is all there is to it my little friend…..
- You’ve seen these bags in the grocery store produce section I’m sure. Next time you’re there, buy one.
- Bring it home, open it and pour it in a saucepan.
- Then pull out a measuring cup. Measure one cup of water, pour in pan.
- Measure one cup of sugar, pour in pan.
- Turn on stove, bring mixture to a boil, simmer 10 minutes.
- Turn off pan. YOU, my friend, have just made homemade cranberry sauce!
Now doesn’t that look better than the canned stuff? Come on, you can’t deny it.
Remember, Santa is watching. ;-)
(Sorry, it’s a little out of focus….but even out of focus…it still looks better than the canned stuff! OK…I’ll stop now.) :-)
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
- 1 Bag fresh cranberries
- 1 Cup water
- 1 Cup sugar
- Pour cranberries into saucepan.
- Add 1 cup water.
- Add one cup sugar,
- Bring to boil then reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes.