How to Make Cranberry Sauce & Cranberry Jelly

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Making your own cranberry sauce or cranberry jelly is literally as easy as boiling water.

Cranberry sauce or cranberry jelly is a relish-style condiment made out of cranberries, sweetener, and water. Variations can include orange zest and warm spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg. It is traditionally served as a Thanksgiving dinner side dish.

Each of the following tried and true recipes can be halved if you prefer a smaller batch, or doubled if you have a large family.

How to Make Your Own Cranberry Sauce

Combine two cups each of sugar and water in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, bringing it to a rolling boil.

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Add the cranberries and return to a rolling boil, then reduce the heat down to a low boil.

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Cook for five minutes to make a rich, thick cranberry sauce, or continue boiling for 10 minutes, lightly mashing the berries with a potato masher as they cook if you’d prefer to make cranberry jelly.

If making jellied cranberry sauce, strain the mixture through a wire mesh sieve, pressing the cranberries to express the pulp. Otherwise, cool the sauce for ten minutes in the pan, then transfer to a serving dish. Cool completely before refrigerating.

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The sauce will be quite runny while it’s still hot, it will thicken once it cools and chills.

Cranberry Sauce vs Cranberry Jelly, What’s the Difference?

Cranberry sauce is not the same thing as cranberry jelly. The sauce version in more fluid, whilst the jelly version is more solid and will retain the shape of the container it is placed in.

Cranberries contain a high amount of natural pectin. The longer the berries are cooked, the more pectin is released. Pectin polymers bind together, which create structure and firmness. Therefore, jellied cranberry sauce can be made by simply increasing the cooking time of the recipe.

One pound of fresh cranberries is equal to four cups.

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