I don't enjoy eating cranberry sauce, but my dinner guests do. How can I make cranberry sauce from a can taste less out of the can?

asked 24 Nov '09, 23:18

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It's not that hard to make homemade. Here's how:
1 bag of Cranberry's - Wash them and pick out the goobers that don't look healthy. 1 cup of sugar 1 large tart apple (Granny Smith) - chopped into small cubes 1 cup of water Put water and sugar in a pot and bring to a boil to dissolve the sugar. Add the cranberries and apples and bring back to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes. The cranberries will burst and it'll turn into a rich looking yummy looking pot of goodness. Take off the burner and cool. When cooled put into a serving dish and cover with plastic to chill before serving. The pectin from the apple will help it to jell naturally.


answered 25 Nov '09, 00:59

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You want it to taste like it is not from a can - LEAVE OUT THE SUGAR!

You can make it yourself in the microwave, and it really works better with the turkey without the large amounts of sugar.

Here's how - Start by getting a cooking apple, about 8 oz. Bramley is the first pick for the job, Granny Smith is second choice. I use Wingate Wonder - find those in the US and you have the potential to be the greatest chutney maker in America!

Get a bag of dried cranberries and pick out about half a cup of the best ones (as Julia said, pick out the Goobers).

Next thing you need is a little aniseed flavor for that "je ne sais quoi" when you know full well what it is! You get it from aniseed, fennel seed, or star anise, And vinegar - good class cider or white wine vinegar if you are being "cheffy".

Start with the dried cranberries. Chop them with a big knife so that every one is cut a little. Every one halved is good. They need to absorb the juices.

Put the cranberries in a microwave dish with a lid. Peel the apple and slice it up, scatter the slices over the cranberries. Scatter a teaspoon or two of sugar over the mass, put the lid on. Microwave for 1 1/2 min. Mush the apple with the cranberries.

the aniseed flavor - take a teaspoonful of the spice (whichever you have), put it in a shot glass, add a tablespoon of vinegar (classy or whatever) and microwave on full power for a minute. Tip the liquid into the dish with the cranberries and apple - pass it through a tea strainer to keep the lumps out. Give the mass a stir, and microwave for another minute and a half on full power with the lid on.

Put the dish in the fridge. Leave it alone for at least a couple of hours. When you want to serve it, microwave for 2min and mix it all over with a fork before serving.

Adult style cranberry sauce.


answered 25 Nov '09, 02:54

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Actually, canned cranberry sauce is full of High Fructose Corn Syrup.

(25 Nov '09, 03:28) Julia

To "jazz" up canned cranberry sauce, mix the cranberry sauce with mashed strawberries and crushed walnuts. Another possibility is to mix the cranberry sauce with crushed pineapple and mandarin orange slices.


answered 25 Nov '09, 04:30

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To add some pep to canned cranberry sauce, I would mix it with 1 tablespoon of orange zest and a handful of dried cherries. This will add flavor and texture. You'll be a gourmet!


answered 25 Nov '09, 05:30

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Boil one cup of cranberries in 1 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup water and boil until the cranberries pop. Cool. Add a tablespoon of brandy, 1/4 cup of pecans and a can of canned cranberry sauce and stir.


answered 25 Nov '09, 04:23

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Boil one cup orange juice, one cup sugar, add one package fresh cranberries, cook until they pop, roughly 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat, and add one cup fresh or canned pineapple, 2 stalks diced celery and half cup broken walnut bits. You could also replace the orange juice with the pineapple juice if you prefer.


answered 25 Nov '09, 15:09

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I added chopped up pears to the cranberries and cooked it in a 1/2 cup orange juice and one cup water and one cup sugar. After the cranberries popped, I added a touch of fresh ground nutmeg. It adds a new twist to the traditional recipe.


answered 26 Nov '09, 04:39

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One recipe my family really loves during the holidays is to use cranberry sauce (either jelly or with whole cranberries) and add chopped walnuts and cut up grapes. It's quick, easy and delicious.

An alternative one we also use is to use cranberry sauce (jelly or whole cranberry) and add grated apples and oranges put through food processor to it.


answered 27 Nov '09, 15:10

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