Cranberry Sauce

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Here is my cranberry sauce recipe. Delicious and popular during the holiday season, this sauce can also be used as a spread for various other occasions and uses. This is a must-try recipe if you love cranberries. You won’t be disappointed!

A delicious presentation of our kidney healthy cranberry sauce.

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 diet

Phosphorus

This recipe is low in phosphorus. – Cranberry sauce is naturally low in phosphorus. No ingredient contains a large amount of it.

Potassium

This recipe is low in potassium. – Cranberries and orange juice contain a certain amount of potassium, but as a sauce, the serving size makes the amount of potassium extremely low.

Proteins

This recipe is low in proteins. – Cranberry sauce is also naturally low in protein. Any ingredient used contains a lot of protein.

Sodium

This recipe is low in sodium. – As usual, my recipe is very low in sodium. None of the ingredients used contain a significant amount of sodium.

Preparation

Here is the instructions to cook in 5 simple steps this delicious recipe.

  1. Scrape the zest from the orange then squeeze it. If you don’t have at least 1/4 cup of orange juice, you can use bottled orange juice for the missing part. You also can use bottled orange juice only, but I found that it taste better with a fresh squeezed orange.
  2. Combine all the ingredients except the cranberries in a saucepan.
  3. Add the cranberries to the saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.
  4. Once boiling, simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes. Before you finish cooking, stir the sauce with a wooden spoon to check that all the cranberries are burst. If there are intact cranberries, mash them with the spoon. Look at out tips to know why.
  5. Let cool before serving, the sauce will thicken a lot as it cools.

Tips to make a good cranberry sauce

Here are my tips for making a great cranberry sauce :

Pop the cranberries

It is important to pop the cranberries when preparing this recipe. By doing this, you will be sure to get a good sauce without the unpopped cranberries. I tried without popping them and the sauce have the same good flavors, but to my taste the texture was more interesting with all the cranberries popped.

Don’t overcook it

It can be tempting to get the right texture while simmering, but be aware that the sauce will thicken A LOT as it cools. So don’t overcook it!

Variations for cranberry sauce

Here are the variations that I suggest if you want to customize your sauce :

Replace the orange by another citrus

You can easily replace the orange with lemon, lime or even combine the two for example. You just need to provide about the same amount of juice and zest. But right after you finish the cranberry sauce, you should taste it and adjust the flavor as needed by adding more sweet ingredients. This is really important if you want to love the end result.

Replace the maple syrup

If you don’t have maple syrup, you can use honey. You just need to use the same quantity. The taste will be excellent with either one.

Play with the spices

In this recipe I added a little cinnamon, but you can have fun with your spices and add your own personal touch. Some like to add nutmeg for example. It’s up to you to customize it to your liking.

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Cranberry Sauce

A delicious holiday classic that serves as a condiment for all kinds of festive dishes.
4.7 from 3 votes
Low protein | Low sodium | Vegan | Vegetarian
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Preparation 10 mins
Cooking 15 mins
Temps de refroidissement 15 mins
Total 40 mins
Course Sauces, Condiments & Dressings
Method Cooktop
Servings 26 servings (30 ml)
Calories 16 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 4 cups cranberries (Fresh or frozen)
  • ½ cup(s) water
  • ¼ cup(s) pressed orange juice (Juice of approximately one orange)
  • ¼ cup(s) maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Scrape the zest from the orange then squeeze it. If you don't have at least 1/4 of orange juice, you can use orange juice for the missing part.
    Orange zest on a cutting board.
  • Add all the ingredients except the cranberries to a saucepan and mix well.
    Mixing all the ingredients, except the cranberries, in a pot.
  • Add the cranberries and bring to a boil over high heat.
    Boiling kidney friendly cranberry sauce.
  • Once boiling, simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes. Before you finish cooking, stir the sauce with a wooden spoon to check that all the cranberries are burst. If there are intact cranberries, mash them with the spoon.
    Simmering kidney healthy cranberry sauce.
  • Let cool before serving, the sauce will thicken a lot as it cools.
    Cooling kidney friendly cranberry sauce.

Notes

This recipe produces approximately 800 ml of cranberry sauce.
You don’t have an orange, you can use lemon zest and bottled orange juice.
If you find that the taste of your sauce is too tart, you can add a little more maple syrup and orange juice to adjust it to your liking.
Maple syrup can be replaced with honey or agave syrup. However, be aware that honey is not vegan if it is important to you.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Sauce
Serving Size
 
30 ml (2 tbsp)
Amount per Serving
Calories
16
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0
g
0
%
Sodium
 
1
mg
0
%
Potassium
 
23
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
4
g
1
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
0
g
0
%
Vitamin A
 
13
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
3
mg
4
%
Calcium
 
4
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0
mg
0
%
Phosphorus
 
2
mg
0
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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