Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Homemade Cranberry Sauce - Smooth, creamy, jellied homemade cranberry sauce. Super easy recipe with only 5 ingredients!

Homemade cranberry sauce is easier to make than you think.  Plus it tastes one million times better than the canned jellied cranberry sauce from the supermarket. You can make it chunky or smooth and creamy. I will also show you how to make it in the shape of a can to fool those skeptics that think they ONLY like canned. This is the best homemade cranberry sauce, it never disappoints. I’ve been making it for years since I realized you can make it at home and how easy it is to do.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

cooked cranberry sauce in a metal saucepan

Place the cranberries, sugars, and water in a medium saucepan. Over a medium-high heat bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered until all the cranberries have popped open. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. At this point, you can smash some of the berries with the back of a spoon for a more textured cranberry sauce. Pour into a container and let cool completely before refrigerating.

cranberry sauce being pushed through a strainer

Or as I did here, I used my stick blender to crush the berries. Poured it into a fine mesh strainer, mashed it through with a spatula until all that’s remaining in the strainer are pulp and seeds. The final result is a smooth and creamy cranberry sauce.

Pour into the jar of your choice, allow to cool completely before refrigerating to set completely.

jar of chilled set cranberry sauce held under a running faucet

With the lid still on run hot water over the bottom of the jar.

cranberry sauce in a glass jar with a thin metal spatula running along the inside of the jar

Run a very thin flexible spatula tightly around the inside of the jar against the glass. Turn onto a serving platter and it will release.

unmolded cranberry sauce shaped like a jar and sliced in serving pieces on a white platter

Slice, serve and enjoy the best homemade cranberry sauce ever!

unmolded cranberry sauce shaped like a jar and sliced in serving slices on a white platter

The perfect accompaniment to your rich and savory Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce - Smooth, creamy, jellied homemade cranberry sauce. Super easy recipe with only 5 ingredients!
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Recipe type: Side
Serves: 1 pint
Ingredients
  • 1 12 oz package of fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Place the cranberries, sugars, and water in a medium saucepan.
  2. Over a medium-high heat bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered until all the cranberries have popped open.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  4. To make it jellied, pour through a fine-mesh strainer and push through with the back of a spoon or spatula until there is only pulp and seeds remaining.
  5. Pour into a jar and allow to cool before refrigerating to set completely.
Notes
This makes one pint or about 2¼ cups.

Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 151
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 39.3g 14%
Dietary Fiber 0.8g 3%
Total Sugars 37.8g
Protein 0g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 1mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 1mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 151
Homemade Cranberry Sauce - Smooth, creamy, jellied homemade cranberry sauce. Super easy recipe with only 4 ingredients!

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