The World’s Healthiest Cranberry Sauce (Encore)

cranberriesThere was something oddly comforting about that jellied cranberry sauce slurping out of its can onto a plate, where it was cut into even slices. Although it never seemed like “sauce” to me, it was tradition, served at every Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner during my childhood.

Nowadays, I eat many more fresh foods, avoiding canned items whenever possible. So I was thrilled when my friend Gina Renee gave me this recipe several years ago. It’s printed out from an email she sent me and kept in a special box.

When you make this cranberry sauce you’ll know why it’s special. I’m particular about food, and this one’s a keeper. It goes perfect with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, or whatever else you might be cooking up this Thanksgiving. You can make it a day or two in advance, which means you’re not rushing around at the last minute putting it together. And here it is…

The World’s Healthiest Cranberry Sauce

12-14 oz fresh, organic cranberries

1 cup fresh squeezed organic orange juice

1 tsp fresh minced ginger

1 tsp orange zest (zest the organic orange first, before squeezing it for the juice)

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup crushed pineapple

1/2 cup raw honey

Bring orange juice, ginger, orange zest, and cinnamon to a boil on high heat. Rinse cranberries and add them when the orange juice mixture is boiling. Reduce heat to medium and cook uncovered for about 10 minutes or until cranberries are soft and the mixture thickens. Add crushed pineapple and honey. Remove from heat and cool.

You’re going to love it!

9 thoughts on “The World’s Healthiest Cranberry Sauce (Encore)

  1. Laura Young

    Thanks for sharing this delicious sounding recipe! I’m so glad I found your blog. We do a lot of the same type of work and I look forward to reading more of your posts!

  2. Julieanne Case

    I have a similar recipe that I use. It’s fresh cranberries, orange juice, orange rind and ginger and sugar. I might try coconut palm sugar this year. I felt the same way about the canned sauce when I was a kid. Never really liked it until tasted the freshly made ones. I might try honey another time. Thanks.


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