Cranberry sauce is an essential part of any Thanksgiving meal. Many people don’t even think about making their own cranberry sauce and just choose to buy the canned kind. But cranberry sauce is extremely easy to make and making your own makes all of the difference in the world. This recipe for cranberry sauce is bursting with cranberry and orange flavor. I like my sauce to be more tart than sweet. If you prefer a sweeter sauce, adjust the amount of sugar to your liking.
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice (about 2 oranges)
3/4 cup sugar
12 ounces fresh cranberries
zest of 1 orange
1-2 inch piece orange rind
In a medium sauce pan, heat water, orange juice, and sugar over medium high heat. Stir with a spatula until sugar dissolves completely. Add cranberries and bring to a boil. When the liquid is boiling and the berries have started to burst, lower heat. Add orange rind and simmer for 10 minutes. Add orange zest and simmer for 10-15 minutes longer or until all of the cranberries have burst and the sauce has thickened. Remove orange rind.
Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Transfer to a container and chill until use.