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