Well, I don't know about that but it IS easier than it sounds. I know we all have our favorite can of cranberry sauce and how easy that is to open, but I started experimenting a few years ago making my own cranberry sauce after finding a recipe somewhere (don't ask me where) so I decided to give it a go. The effort - almost none. The ingredients - just 4 or 5. The time to prepare - about as much time as it takes you to find a can opener, find a dish, hope that slippery canned jelly thing doesn't go sliding across the floor like a wet fish trying to find its way home, and eventually put it on the plate and gracefully put it on the table. Oh yeah - you still have to cut it and make it look like the ribs of the can aren't imbedded into its chill-filled design.
So what's up with all of this? Let's just say I decorate my own a bit differently each and every year so there's no telling what it might look like next year but for this year this was about it. Here's what you'll need (and a few other ingredients I add in along the way).
|Finished cranberry sauce - YUM YUM. Add garnish to suit.|
- A bag of cranberries
- Orange juice (about 1/2 or 2/3 cup)
- Sugar (most people call for 2/3 cup - I say more is better so I use a whole cup)
- Chopped pecans or walnuts
- Persimons (this year's add on for me)
- Diced apples (half an apple is just fine)
- Lemon or Orange zest (or rinds)
- A dash of pepper (I like it zesty)
Put all ingredients in a larger sized pot together - yes all at once. Number one - it's gorgeous to look at. Secondly - it's all going to boil together in the end anyway so just throw it together and take on something else while watching and stirring.
Cover with a lid, let ingredients come to a boil and stir often to keep everything moving. I sometimes add a tablespoon of olive oil to help as well. The cranberries eventually burst to perfection (which is what you want) and the sugar and orange juice help contribute to the "gel" effect (I knew there was a connection to hair care somewhere) and within minutes you have the perfect homemade cranberry sauce that people will enjoy. I've even converted cranberry sauce haters into total lovers with my recipe(s).
The end result - gorgeous.
Some random blog post by me - Billy Lowe.