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Cranberry Orange Sauce

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Some people look forward to Thanksgiving and to eat turkey for the stuffing or the gravy. Not me. I'm a total cranberry sauce girl. Since we've been on a roll roasting turkeys every week this month testing holiday recipes, Kenya has acquired a real taste for it, too. He's just like his mommy -- he wants some turkey and a pound of the sauce to go with it.

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Most cranberry sauces call for a cup of sugar for each bag of cranberries. It makes my teeth feel like they are going to rot just thinking about it. Granted, cranberries are uber sour, so they do need something to sweeten them up, but orange juice does the trick brightening it up. Adding oranges and orange juice to add not only citrus flavor, but also their natural sugars.

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Cranberries are packed with the antioxidant vitamin C, which helps protects kids against infection, and antibacterial substances that can help prevent digestive and urinary infections.

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We sat down for lunch last week and I'm not kidding when I tell you that Kenya kept pouring the sauce on his plate and eating spoon after spoonful. He loved it and hopefully so will your family this Thanksgiving.

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Cranberry Orange Sauce (Makes 2 1/2 Cups)

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 30 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 1 bag cranberries, washed and bruised cranberries discarded
  • 2/3 cup orange juice and or the orange pulp, removing the seeds and sections between the pulp
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 1 cinnamon Stick

Preparation

1. Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
2. When they reach a boil, turn the heat to a simmer and cook for
10-15 minutes or until the berries start to pop.
3. Turn off heat and cool. Remove the cinnamon stick.
4. Serve warm or chilled.
*Allow to cool, place in appropriate container or ziploc bag, label and freeze.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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  • Katrina Boos

    My family loves this even the baby!
    It started out as a non sugar alternative,
    now a family favorite, love it when they pop!
    so fresh, great on a cold turkey sandwhich!

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  • Amy

    Are those sweet potatoes in an orange? (Did you share that recipe/method?)

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  • Heather

    How big of a bag of cranberries? Thanks! Excited to make it.

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    • Laura

      A standard bag of fresh cranberries is 12 ounces or 3 cups of cranberries according to Ocean Spray.

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  • Ruth Pinnell

    Thank you for this recipe- now I like cranberry sauce! Added a bit more agave bc my orange wasn't too sweet.

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  • Fiona

    This looks great. For us in Oz who can only get frozen/dried cranberries, would frozen ones work? How much does a normal bag weigh?

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    • Rebecca

      Frozen works just as good as fresh. Just make sure they're proper cranberries and not dried or anything else. I've used both kinds in my cranberry sauces over the years and never noticed a difference.

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  • Erin

    How big is a single serving? Other recipes stated a single serving is 2 1/2 TBSP.

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    • Catherine

      1 serving is 1/4 cup!

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  • Isabel North

    Can you use honey instead of agave?

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    • Catherine McCord

      Yes! You can always substitute the two for each other at a 1:1 ratio!

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  • Adrimolina

    Just made this and it came out a little sour. Any tips on sweetening it? Thanks! :)

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    • Catherine McCord

      Add a little more orange juice or agave! Make sure the orange juice is sweet instead of tart! :)

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  • Mary

    What does bruised mean?

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  • Greg

    Looks delicious!

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    • McCord

      Thanks!

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  • Evangeline

    Hi Catherine! Planning to make this as Christmas gifts! Just wondering how Long it will keep in the fridge?

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    • McCord

      About 1 week!

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