Holiday season is nigh and that means shaking the dust off the reindeer sweaters, mandatory visits with Uncle Stan who tells the same joke every damn year, and divvying up the list of who makes what dish for family dinners. Well put your name down next to Homemade Cranberry Sauce, stat!
Trust me. It's the easiest recipe ever in the history of holiday recipes. This is so simple to make and yet for years I unquestioningly paid hard earned dollars and cents for the privilege of bringing home a jar of artisinal (see, made in a sketchy kitchen in the back of an even sketchier road-side stand) cranberry sauce. Sometimes my logic is fuzzy.
When I was going over my grocery list recently with a friend and mentioned "jar of cranberry sauce" she was all:
Which was a kind way of saying, "I thought you were smart." I revised my grocery list from cranberry sauce to cranberries because you *can* teach an old dog new tricks and got cooking. Because this recipe is so simple, and your relatives will likely catch on to that quicker than I did, consider volunteering the potatoes and Brussels sprouts too. Nobody likes a slacker when there's a turkey to carve and eggnog to drink.
Pour the cranberries into a saucepan and begin cooking over low to medium heat.
Add sugar, orange juice, and cinnamon. Allow to simmer until cranberries begin to break apart.
Stir well, remove from heat, and pour into a sterilized jam jar. Refrigerate the sauce once it has cooled.
Makes one 1 500mL jar.