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Homemade Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce

Submitted by on November 14, 2011 – 1:00 am18 Comments

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce for Thanksgiving

By Nicole Presley

I know many people reach for a can of cranberry sauce to dress the Thanksgiving table with a dash of red and to add a nice, sweet condiment for the bird. But, why not make it from scratch and bring the formalities up a notch?

The fresh taste of cranberries will make you gobble gobble gobble — in two languages.

Plus, making cranberry sauce is the easiest dish to make for the holidays, can be made up to 5 days ahead of time, and only takes about 10 minutes from start to finish.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nicole’s Cranberry Sauce


  • 1  cup of sugar
  • 1  cinnamon stick
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4  cup water
  • 1 – 12 ounce bag of fresh, whole cranberries

In a medium sauce pan over a medium flame, mix sugar, cinnamon stick, cloves, orange juice and water, until sugar dissolves.

Bring to a boil. Once boiling stir in cranberries.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce for Thanksgiving

The cranberries will begin to pop after a couple of minutes in the boiling orange juice mixture. When you hear the cranberries pop it’s time to smash/mash them down with a potato masher.

Remove from flame and place in a bowl. Let come to room temperature, Cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools. Place the cranberry sauce in the fridge covered if making a few days in advance.

Nicole Presley, a Tiki Tiki contributor, writes an original recipe food blog called Presley’s Pantry from her home in East Los Angeles. Apart from working on her blog everyday, she dedicates her time to raising her 2-year-old with her fiance, and dotes on her Mother. 

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