Fresh Whole Cranberry Sauce
(Courtesy: Jacqueline Letouneau)
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
3 cups cranberries (12 oz)
½ tsp finely chopped orange zest
Bring water and sugar to a boil in a saucepan stirring until sugar is melted. Add cranberries and simmer for 10 – 12 minutes or until cranberries pop and liquid just begins to thicken.
Stir in zest, cover and cool.
5 servings (½ cup), 175 calories per serving
Hack: Fresh or frozen cranberries will work equally well in this recipe.
Hack: Store sauce in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze leftovers in a tightly covered freezer-safe container.
Hack: To easily zest a whole orange, use a vegetable peeler. Lay unused zest in a single layer and freeze. Store, tightly wrapped, in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Hack: Puree the orange in the blender for use in recipes such as cakes, cookies or bread. 1 orange yield about ¼ cup, which can be sealed in a bag and stored in the freezer.
Hack: Use this cranberry sauce to make Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast.
Hack: Use this cranberry sauce to make Cranberry Jalapeño Dip.
Hack: Fresh cranberries are only between October and December, which is why they’re such a holiday favorite! Take advantage of that time window to buy a few extra bags for your freezer. Did you miss your chance? Check the freezer section of the supermarket where you’re likely to find some in with the berry section.
Did you know? People call cranberries a superfood for good reason: They have all kinds of health-boosting benefits.