Thanksgiving: Nelle’s Cranberry Sauce

A Thanksgiving Given – Nelle’s Cranberry Sauce

Nothing is easier to make than cranberry sauce.  Nothing!  A little berries, a little water, a little sugar, a little pot, a little heat, stir, cook, stir, cool….cranberry sauce.  Not only is it easy but can be seasoned in a variety of ways, apples, orange juice, triple sec. etc.  Using your imagination as the ingredients can change the flavor in many ways.  When I was a little girl all my mother bought was the jellied-in-a-can kind.  She would carefully remove the sauce from the can leaving it a solid cylinder and slice it into equal slices on a small serving tray.  Then, I met my mother-in-law, Nelle.  She taught me her way of cooking and serving fresh cranberries.  That was then end of jellied store-bought cranberry sauce in my home forever.

To make, simply assemble:
One bag of fresh cranberries
1/2 cup water,
and a small pot.
1 cup of sugar will be added after the berries cook.

Add a splash of orange liquor if desired (or I sometimes add a bit of Jack Daniels…)

• Wash the cranberries in a colander with cool water.  Discard any bad berries, stems etc.

• Put the water and cranberries into the pot and cook on low, stirring frequently so berries don’t stick to bottom of the pot.  When the berries begin to pop and the sauce begins to thicken they are cooked.

 

• Remove from the heat, stir in the sugar to taste.

At this point, you are done.  You’ve made cranberry sauce.  As it cools it will get thicker.  Store in covered plasticware in the refrigerator until serving.

You also have the opportunity to add a few other ingredients to your sauce.  You can cook it in orange juice, or add a little when the sauce is cooked.  You can add some Triple Sec if you wish.  Orange peel can be added but be careful not to add too much.  The bitterness of the peel with permeate into the sauce.  Chopped fresh apples and your choice of nuts can be added also when the sauce cools.

Note:  Since fresh cranberries are not available to purchase all times of the year, they can be purchased and stored in their original bag in the freezer for months.  Then you can make cranberry sauce to serve with poultry all during the year.

The little effort that fresh cranberry sauce takes is well worth it.  Treat yourself and your family this Thanksgiving.

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Nelle’s Cranberry Sauce

Ingredients:

One bag of fresh cranberries
1/2 cup water,
and a small pot.
1 cup of sugar will be added after the berries cook.

Add a splash of orange liquor if desired (or even a bit of Jack Daniels...)

Directions:

Wash the cranberries in a colander with cool water. Discard any bad berries, stems etc.

Put the water and cranberries into the pot and cook on low, stirring frequently so berries don’t stick to bottom of the pot. When the berries begin to pop and the sauce begins to thicken they are cooked.

Remove from the heat, stir in the sugar to taste.

At this point, you are done. You’ve made cranberry sauce. As it cools it will get thicker. Store in covered plasticware in the refrigerator until serving.

You also have the opportunity to add a few other ingredients to your sauce. You can cook it in orange juice, or add a little when the sauce is cooked. You can add some Triple Sec if you wish. Orange peel can be added but be careful not to add too much. The bitterness of the peel with permeate into the sauce. Chopped fresh apples and your choice of nuts can be added also when the sauce cools.

Note: Since fresh cranberries are not available to purchase all times of the year, they can be purchased and stored in their original bag in the freezer for months. Then you can make cranberry sauce to serve with poultry all during the year.

The little effort that fresh cranberry sauce takes is well worth it. Treat yourself and your family this Thanksgiving.

The matriarch of Live Pretty, Roseddy, lives with her husband and children in Orlando, Florida. She is a native of Waynesburg, PA, but she has called the Sunshine State home for over thirty years. In addition to being a fantastic cook, Roseddy is an accomplished seamstress and former Home Economics instructor. Her flower arranging talents are the stuff of legend, and she is a valued member of her church’s altar guild. Roseddy enjoys entertaining, traveling with her husband, and, of course, a good martini.

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3 Responses to “Thanksgiving: Nelle’s Cranberry Sauce”

  1. Mary — November 17, 2011 @ 7:39 pm (#
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    What a great idea, cuz home made is always better. But tell me, which added flavor addition enhances the cranberries best?

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    • Roseddy replied: — November 20th, 2011 @ 7:21 pm

      I think orange brings out the taste of the cranberries best. I like a little Triple Sec added to my sauce. Ah….maybe a lot of Triple Sec. You know me. Have a lovely holiday, Mary and Jim.

  2. Rod — November 20, 2011 @ 9:18 pm (#
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    You know, I made it awhile back with Jack Daniels. Nice flavor (albeit I over did it on the Jack….).

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