How to Make Real Cranberry Sauce

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Christopher Carr

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  1. Avatar zic says:

    I just have to say, as a native New Englander, this is not how my family has ever prepared cranberries, even maple producers who sweeten everything they can with maple syrup. I’ve done this, and I didn’t like the results, neither did my family.

    So while it may be one of the methods real New Englander’s use to prepare cranberry sauce, if you want to try this for Thanksgiving, please test it out first, or have some canned jelly in reserve if it’s essential to your family dinner traditions.

    (And I’m really sorry if I’ve rained on your parade, Christopher, that’s not my intent. But I did exactly this a few years ago, and made a lot of people very unhappy in the process; I just thought people should know that.)

    /and now I feel just awful.Report

    • Avatar zic says:

      ETA: the problem is that the cranberries and maple syrup both have strong, assertive flavors, and they did not blend well.

      Honey, on the other hand, works okay.

      But I prefer cane sugar.Report

    • Avatar Christopher Carr says:

      No worries. There’s no accounting for taste.Report

      • Avatar zic says:

        I still want to go cry; so thank you. Obviously, I have flawed traditional-New-England taste buds.Report

      • Avatar Christopher Carr says:

        Actually, one of the interesting things is that the maple flavor was originally considered a flaw. Fancy grade syrup was more or less reserved for fancy people, and maple syrup candy was made from it. Grade B was viewed as best incorporated into recipes with other stronger flavors to mask the maple taste. Once they started cheaply importing sugar from the tropics, most Americans switched over to that. It wasn’t until recently that many people acquired a taste for darker maple syrup grades.Report

      • Avatar Kimmi says:

        Chris,
        beet sugar is nearly always a flaw. Strong, awful taste.Report

  2. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    I use water and sugar. And yeah, I do the foo-foo stuff like orange zest, rosemary (just a little! Strong stuff!), and candied walnuts.Report

  3. Avatar Damon says:

    This is not a sauce..it’s a “salad”. And I think it’s the best damn thing around:

    Cranberry Salad:
    1 cup fresh orange sections
    4 1/4 oz orange juice
    1 cup sugar
    4 cups raw cranberries
    1 cup unpeeled granny smith (or other tart apple)
    1/2 cup raisins or currants
    1/4 cup chopped walnuts
    1 tablespoon cider vinegar
    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger….finely chopped.

    Combine all and bring to boil for 5 minutes. Let cool, put in a glass container, and when cool enough, refrigerate. Keeps a month. Eat cold or at room temp.Report

  4. Avatar ScarletNumbers says:

    I think cranberry sauce is like mayonaisse: some people insist homemade is better, but, really, the big companies have figured it out.

    Just get out your can opener and enjoy what Ocean Spray has to offer.Report

    • Avatar Kimmi says:

      Homemade is buckets better — when you start with good cranberries. If half of them are already rotted you’d have been better grabbing the stupid can.Report