Here is a recipe for homemade cranberry sauce:


12 oz fresh or frozen cranberries
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 cinnamon stick (optional)
1 orange, zested and juiced (optional)


Step 1
In a medium saucepan, combine the cranberries, sugar, and water. If you are using a cinnamon stick, add it to the pan as well.

Step 2
Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.

Step 3
Reduce the heat to medium-low and let the cranberry sauce simmer until the cranberries have burst and the sauce has thickened, about 10-15 minutes.

Step 4
If you are using orange zest and juice, add them to the cranberry sauce and stir to combine.

Step 5
Remove the cranberry sauce from the heat and let it cool to room temperature. The sauce will thicken as it cools.

Step 6
Serve the cranberry sauce immediately, or transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to a week. You can serve the cranberry sauce as a condiment for Thanksgiving or any other holiday meal, or use it as a topping for oatmeal, yogurt, or ice cream. Enjoy!