Thursday, November 26, 2009

Fresh Cranberry Sauce Recipe

I buy cranberries at this time of year and freeze them so I have them year round. I am partial to Ocean Spray and this year they are extra plump!
This memory goes out to, A, a friend, who worked with me in the Catering Department for many years. At Christmastime we always had a turkey dinner office party. Our conference room was converted to food central and the table was ladened with all kinds of family favorites. She and I always looked forward to cranberry sauce with the turkey. Each year some one in sales would sign up to bring the cranberry sauce then proceed to bring in a can or 2 of the store bought variety. Most disappointing to both of us. Finally we spoke up about how easy it was to make this stuff. And how she could make it faster than it took to find the isle with the cans. Once you have the real thing, there is no substitute.
The only change is that I reduce the sugar slightly so they are not quite as jelled. In a saucepan, bring to boil 1 Cup Water with 1 Cup less 2 Tbl of Sugar (they call for 1 Cup). Rinse 12 oz (1 Bag) Ocean Spray Cranberries under cold water. Add to pan. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes stirring a few times. Remove from heat and cool before adding to a holiday bowl, refrigerate and serve cold.

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