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Skip the Canned Stuff: 7 Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipes

a bowl of homemade cranberry sauce in a white bowl on a light colored table
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While many of us adore sweet and gelatinous cranberry sauce from the can, making it is just as easy and tastes great too. Here are a few recipes so you can try for yourself.

The tart and fruity flavors of cranberry sauce compliment a Thanksgiving turkey, whether it’s been roasted or fried. Nevertheless, there’s so much more than the canned version, and we’ve got seven recipes to prove it.

We have lovely apple cranberry combos and some with a rum or spiced wine kick. Take your pick and try one out this year.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

A beautiful molded cranberry sauce that is smooth with fresh rosemary and cranberries to garnish the plate.
Baking a Moment

In just twenty minutes, you can have a beautiful three-ingredient cranberry sauce mold for all your turkey enhancement desires. By boiling your sauce, you’ll notice the reduction thickens and molds perfectly into a bunt cake pan.

If you are hoping for a smooth consistency (similar to the canned sauce), you’ll learn to pass it through a food mill. Skip that step if you’d like a chunky texture.

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Easy Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce in a modern square bowl, with fresh cranberries and a nice linen in the background.
Wine and Glue

Here’s another no-nonsense recipe that uses only three ingredients. This time cranberries get mixed with orange juice and sugar to create a tangy flair.

All you need to do is blend your sugar and orange juice then add your cranberries. After about ten minutes, you’ll have a lovely sauce that thickens into the perfect citrusy accompaniment. Watch the video for extra guidance.

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Cranberry Rum Sauce

Several piled up mini cans of cranberry sauce.
Healthy Canning

For all your rum-loving pirates out there, we found a fun and flavorful version of this thanksgiving condiment. The golden-brown liquor makes for the perfect pow, but the fresh apple, cinnamon, and allspice help bring out the tremendous flavors in each spoon full.

This non-traditional recipe takes you through several steps, so if you enjoy spending quality time in your kitchen, then this one might be for you.

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Cranberry Cinnamon Pear Sauce

Four mini mason jars filled with homemade cranberry sauce.
One Hundred Dollars a Month

Often we link winter with ingredients like cinnamon, cranberry, and of course, pears. Each of these ingredients brings success to so many delicious meals. So, why not combine these three to create a delightful side sauce.

This recipe isn’t as sweet as traditional cranberry sauces but brings a tremendous savory note to each bite. Enjoy these, can for later, or offer them up as a lovely gift.

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Apple Cider Cranberry Sauce

A white bowl of cranberry sauce with fresh cranberries in the background.
Celebrating Sweets

This sweet and natural cranberry sauce is so wholesome, and like most others, incredibly easy to make. In under 20 minutes, you will have a tart and tangy side that everyone will enjoy smothering their turkey with.

If you love the crisp flavor that apples offer, then you’ll love serving this on your Thanksgiving table. Not only is cider used for the liquid base, but the maple syrup and cinnamon sticks offer the perfect woody and natural notes to this dish.

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Spiced Red Wine Cranberry Sauce

A clear glass bowl full of homemade cranberry sauce
All Roads Lead to the Kitchen

Who loves cooking with red wine? Did you know you can even put it in your cooking too! Whether you enjoy cabernet, pinot, or even merlot, either one will create an intensely delicious cranberry sauce.

So, grab a bottle, pour yourself a glass, and let a little flow into your cooking pot for an irresistibly sweet treat. The star anise and cinnamon stick also bring spice to this side dish, which tastes so lovely.

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Low-Carb Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce

A bowl and spoon full of cranberry sauce.
Sugar-Free Londoner

Here’s one final palate-cleansing rendition of this tart Thanksgiving condiment. Only this time, it’s sugar-free, which of course, makes it low-carb. This one uses powdered erythritol sweetener in place of sugar.

In case you are wondering, this popular sugar substitute has no calories and is a natural non-GMO product, making it convenient for keto dieters. So if this sounds like your kind of cranberry sauce, then jump in and get to cooking. You’ll enjoy how this recipe comes together so quickly.

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Emilee Unterkoefler is a freelance food writer, hiking enthusiast, and mama with over ten years of experience working in the food industry. Read Full Bio »
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