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Cranberry sauce is a staple of many Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, and making it at home is a great way to add a personal touch to your holiday feast. Not only is it easy to make, but it also allows you to control the sweetness and texture to suit your taste.

I love having cranberry sauce with my holiday meals. Honestly, I like it from the can and homemade. But homemade is definitely better. In my opinion. It has all the flavor!

how to make homemade cranberry sauce recipe with orange juice

Not only is homemade cranberry sauce a delicious addition to your holiday feast, but it also makes a great hostess gift. Simply ladle the sauce into sterilized jars, and it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

You can also experiment with different flavors by adding a splash of orange juice, or a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar or maple syrup. The possibilities are endless!

Here’s the homemade cranberry sauce I made for this last Christmas dinner.

I hope you try it and let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Enjoy and happy cooking! 💋

How to Make Homemade Cranberry Sauce

how to make homemade cranberry sauce recipe with orange juice

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10 servings


  • 1 Cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 Cup orange juice
  • 12 ounces cranberries


  • Rinse cranberries and discard any that are bruised or damaged
  • In medium saucepan, over a medium heat combine orange juice and sugar. Cook until sugar has melted into the juice
  • Stir in cranberries
  • Cook and stir until they begin to pop (this is such a fun moment and sound!)
  • Continue to stir and allow to cook for a few more minutes
  • Remove from heat and pour into sauce bowl
  • The cranberry sauce will continue to thicken as it cools down
Course: Side, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas, cranberries, cranberry sauce, Thanksgiving
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