Easy Cranberry Sauce

Last week in cooking class, we made homemade Cranberry Sauce.  Tangy, sweet, delicious, and beautiful cranberry sauce.  It looked like a bowl of  beautiful, shiny jewelry and tasted so yummy, the kids begged to take home the leftovers.   Would you like to make some?

You can, it’s really easy.

Try this:

Step 1:

Add 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water to a small pot.  Turn heat to medium high and bring water/sugar mixture to a boil.  Then add 1, 12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries.


Cover pot with a lid and return to a boil.

Next, reduce heat to low and allow cranberry sauce to simmer for about 10 minutes or until the berries have popped.  You will hear them pop and you will see little cracks.

Here is a picture of my students listening and watching for their cranberry sauce to pop (My favorite part of this picture is the glare from the window on the girl’s glasses and the boy “listening” for the popping~this was the quietest moment all semester!)

Next add about 1 teaspoon of lemon zest



Finally, remove from heat, pour into a serving dish and put into refrigerator to cool.

Tip: if you want to serve this right away, place serving dish in a bowl of ice water and stir to help cool more quickly.

Enjoy this with turkey for Thanksgiving or on top of vanilla ice cream for an after school treat.

The recipe is below…If you make this, please let us know how it goes.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Easy Cranberry Sauce

cranberry sauce1


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1, 12 ounce pkg fresh cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • pecans, raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg (optional)


  • 1. Wash and pick over cranberries. In a saucepan bring water and sugar to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar.
  • 2. Add cranberries and return to a boil.
  • 3. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes or until cranberries burst. Now you can add optional ingredients.
  • 4. Remove from heat. Cool completely at room temperature and then chill in refrigerator. Cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.
  • 5. Enjoy the fruits of your labor as a condiment to turkey, dressing or even on top of vanilla ice cream-­‐yummy!
Servings: 3 cups
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 20 Minutes

This entry was posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 1:32 am and is filled under Intermediate.

Posted by: | Permalink | Share Article | Comments Off

Comments are closed.