I grew up in a house where everything for special occasions was home made. Almost everything, all the time, was home made. Baked goods, spaghetti sauce, jams, and so on, all came from the kitchen. And everything that would constitute a holiday meal: turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and stuffing were all prepared from scratch. Heck, I never even tasted Stove Top until I was in my 20's. Everything, was home made.
Everything except cranberry sauce, that is. Yes, for some reason, we were loyal to the Ocean Spray. And not so much the sauce, as the jelly. You know, the stuff that sits in the centre of the table, still in the shape of the can. The big reddish blob of cranberry goodness, if you will. With cranberry sauce being so delicious, and so easy to make, I'll never understand why we did the canned stuff. But, I'm sure I won't again, and here are a few recipes so you never have to either.
Basic Cranberry Sauce
In a medium sauce pan, bring water, honey, cranberries and zest to a boil - I start with the lesser amount of honey and add more later, if the sauce seems too tart - usually I don't have to. When cranberries start to pop, reduce heat and allow to simmer until it reaches your desired consistency. This is the point where I would add more honey, if necessary. Serve warm or allow to chill several hours before serving.
I used a stock photo because this year's sauce is still a few days away.
Orange Cranberry Sauce
Other variations include adding in chopped fresh ginger for a bit of heat or using apple cider instead of orange juice for the liquid component. There are lots of variations, most are quick and easy, and generally every recipe I've tried has turned out great.
Tip: If you want to simply take the refined sugar out of your favorite recipe, try replacing the sugar with 1/3 the amount in honey - so 1 cup sugar becomes 1/3 cup honey. Again, start with less and add more to taste if your berries are particularly tart.
Hi, I'm Shara Vickers, a Cape Breton-based Nutritional Health and Fitness Specialist. Please have a look around to find out more about my approach to health and the coaching and consulting services I offer to both local and long-distance clients.