Cranberry Sauce

Here is my recipe for cranberry sauce. Delicious and very popular during the holiday season, this sauce can also be used to replace jams and spreads for any use all year round.

Freshly made spicy cranberry sauce.
A delicious and spicy cranberry sauce freshly made!

Why making your own cranberry sauce

There are many reasons to make your own cranberry sauce. Here are the main ones:

  1. You can have the pleasure to use fresh cranberries.
  2. You can customize it as you want.
  3. Less sugar and more simple ingredients.

Renal nutrition

The size of one serving of this cranberry sauce is 2 tablespoons. In reasonable amounts, this condiment can be considered low in sugar.

Nutrition facts and claims

Here are the nutritional values and claims of this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Sauce
Serving Size
 
30 ml (2 tbsp)
Amount per Serving
Calories
36
% Daily Value*
Sodium
 
1
mg
0
%
Potassium
 
48
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
9
g
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Protein
 
1
g
Vitamin C
 
5
mg
6
%
Calcium
 
12
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
Phosphorus
 
4
mg
0
%
*5% or less is a little, 15% or more is a lot

For informational purposes only.

Pop the cranberries

It is important to burst the cranberries when preparing cranberry sauce. By doing this, you will be sure to get a good sauce without whole cranberries.

I’ve already made this recipe by letting them burst on their own while cooking. The sauce had the same good flavor, but the texture was much less desirable.

In addition, during my experiments, I noticed that frozen cranberries are easier to burst while cooking and the final texture of the sauce is smoother.

A parfait made with Greek yogurt, muesli, pecan and cranberry sauce.
A delicious way to enjoy cranberry sauce!

Renal variations

Reduce the sugar

If you want to reduce the amount of sugar per serving, you can easily replace some of the maple syrup with the same amount of water or orange juice.

However, this will have a considerable impact on the taste. I do not recommend replacing more than half of the maple syrup used in this recipe.

I tried it and the taste was more bitter than the original version, but still good according to my own taste. But when I asked a friend to try it, he hated it! It’s really a matter of preferences.

One way to compensate a little for the bitterness due to the lack of sugar is to add a little more vanilla extract.

Adjust the thickness

You can easily adjust the thickness of this recipe. If you prefer a more liquid sauce, use more water and orange juice.

If, on the other hand, you prefer a thicker sauce, you can simply let the sauce cook longer in order to thicken it.

Honey

In this recipe, it’s possible to use honey instead of maple syrup. Simply use the same amount as indicated in the recipe.

Use spices

The basic recipe is simple and does not need spices. But spices like cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg and cardamom really add something to this sauce.

That’s why I also added a spicy variation and a spicy rum variation in the recipe below.

You can also add the spices of your choice. I didn’t mention it in the recipe, but I did it once with 1 cinnamon stick and 2 star anise. This has given this sauce a very original and tasty twist.

Orange burst

If you like a strong orange taste, replace the water with the same amount of orange juice. You can also add orange zest before cooking and as topping!

However, with or without modification, avoid using an orange juice made from concentrate! These tend to have very little taste and will not give you the desired result in this recipe.

Cranberry sauce made with fresh cranberries and orange.
Spicy cranberry sauce variation with orange zest!

Conservation

This cranberry sauce will keep for 8 to 10 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator and can be frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw at least overnight in the refrigerator before use.

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Cranberry sauce recipe presented in an old style bowl.

Cranberry Sauce

Easy and tasty, this cranberry sauce is perfect not only for the holiday season, but also throughout the year. It can be used instead of jams or fruit spreads.
4.8 from 5 votes
PREP TIME5 mins
COOK TIME15 mins
TOTAL TIME20 mins
SERVINGS16 servings
KIDNEY NUTRITIONLow fat | Low phosphorus | Low potassium | Low protein | Low sodium | Low sugar | Vegan | Vegetarian
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INGREDIENTS

Basic cranberry sauce

  • 4 cups cranberries (Fresh or frozen)
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup maple syrup or honey
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Spicy variation

  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground allspice
  • tsp ground clove
  • tsp ground nutmeg
  • tsp ground cardamom

Spicy rum variation

  • ½ tsp rum extract
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan depending on the variation you make.
    If you're making the basic recipe, use only the ingredients listed under Basic Cranberry Sauce.
    I you make the spicy variation, use the basic cranberry sauce ingredients and the spices listed under Spicy Variation.
    If you want to make the Spicy Rum Variation, simply combine all the ingredients listed.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat and simmer over medium heat for about 15 minutes uncovered.
    You can also simmer half covered to avoid splashing towards the end of cooking.
    While cooking, pop cranberries frequently with a wooden spoon. Before you finish cooking, make sure all cranberries are burst.
  • Allow to cool and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

NOTES

Note 1 – How much cranberry sauce
This recipe makes approximately 500 ml (2 cups) of cranberry sauce.

NUTRITION FACTS

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Sauce
Serving Size
 
30 ml (2 tbsp)
Amount per Serving
Calories
36
% Daily Value*
Sodium
 
1
mg
0
%
Potassium
 
48
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
9
g
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Protein
 
1
g
Vitamin C
 
5
mg
6
%
Calcium
 
12
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
Phosphorus
 
4
mg
0
%
*5% or less is a little, 15% or more is a lot

For informational purposes only. Nutrition data is primarily calculated from the USDA National Database. Values may vary from accuracy of measurements, brands, nutritional data and more. All measurements are metric (1 cup = 250ml). Readers are encouraged to make their own calculations.

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