Better Budgeting: Easy Cranberry Sauce

Easy Cranberry Sauce

Frugal Family Recipes (featured column)
by Michelle Jones, founder of BetterBudgeting.com

I've been making my holiday cranberry sauce this way for many years. It's so simple and delicious, I wouldn't want it any other way! My mom and grandmother used to make cranberries into more of a relish, with oranges and chopped nuts. I never cared for it, but if you do that's okay. They seemed to love it that way. You can always experiment with different spices, fruits, nuts, whatever; cranberries are delicious! Make your own holiday traditions. I was just thrilled to come up with a recipe that I enjoy year after year and I hope your family will enjoy it too!

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Ingredients:

1 bag of fresh cranberries
1 c. sugar
1 c. water
1 dash of orange peel spice

Directions:

Rinse cranberries and remove any that aren't in good shape; it's okay to keep berries that are light in color, but I toss any that are not firm. Place all ingredients in a small to medium size pan and bring to a boil over med-high heat. Continue to cook berries until a good bit of them are popped (about 5 minutes). Stir gently and then set aside to cool.

When berries are cooled, gently pour them into a pretty serving dish and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. On busy holidays I usually make the cranberry sauce the night before, so they will be well-chilled.

Tip: Buy extra cranberries when they go on sale and store them in the freezer, we shouldn't have such delicious side dishes only during the holidays!

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