How to make the easiest 3-ingredient cranberry sauce #Recipes#sauces#Thanksgiving November 20 2015 | Guest post by Melissa Just in time for Thanksgiving, I'm going to teach you how to make the easiest cranberry sauce you've ever had. You can make this a day or two before, or you can even can it and save it for years. This makes a great hostess gift for Thanksgiving or Christmas, and you can pretend you went to a ton of effort to make it. Ingredients: 2 parts cranberries (fresh or frozen) 1 part water 1 part brown sugar And that's it. Step 1: Boil the ingredients Unless you're having a massive dinner with 10+ people, 2 cups of cranberries is plenty. Mix everything in a pot, and put in on the boil. Reduce to simmer and wait for the cranberries to pop. Step 2: Reduce to a sauce Let the mixture simmer on low, stirring occasionally, until it reduces to a sauce. Take off the heat. If you want to can it, you can ladle it into sterilized jars with sterilized lids, and it will keep for a year or two. Keep in mind this is a sauce, not a jelly, and will be chunky. But it's absolutely delicious, and a huge hit at every turkey occasion! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Melissa Loving the city, but longing for the farm, Melissa has made a hobby and a habit out of living sustainably, and DIYing, all while enjoying the perks of living in the big city. From Vancouver BC, she posts about making your own homestead from the smallest condo, and bringing farm living to rapid transit. http://urbanhomesteader.co PREVIOUS Slab City and the Salton Sea: Our trip to a "very offbeat part of California" NEXT "The recipes I loved were giving me the finger": Adapting to my child's life-threatening food allergies as a foodie Show/Hide comments [ 16 ] I always add ginger and orange zest to my cranberry. You could even use oj instead of the water. Still super simple! 8 agree Reply I know this makes it slightly less simple, but substitute orange juice for the water. Great layers of flavor. 6 agree Reply Absolutely! I always follow this recipe (http://damndelicious.net/2013/11/15/cranberry-orange-sauce/) and it makes the whole house smell Christmassy! 2 agree Reply I make my own cranberry sauce, but used cider instead of water. " 1 agrees Reply Bonus points: If you have extra sauce, make this Megan-simple slow cooker recipe http://offbeathome.com/2014/06/cooking-challenge2-day-5-recipes 2 agree Reply Yep, that's how I make it 🙂 I add a little lemon juice and cinnamon too for my own preference, but totally not necessary Reply Yum! I never thought of making my own cranberry sauce. Reply Ooooh, brown sugar. This sounds yummy and easy! I'll have to try it for this Thanksgiving! Reply The brown sugar adds a really nice rich flavour to it! Reply I don't really like cranberry sauce, but I know a VERY easy recipe for a sweet cranberry relish that I personally think goes even better with Thanksgiving dinner: A bag of cranberries A full large orange (skin and all) Up to one cup of sugar Put everything in a blender or food processor, and chop/blend until it has the consistency of a relish. Not everything may fit at once, but that's a great way to try a small serving first before really committing. But trust me, you will like it! 4 agree Reply This is how my grandmother makes it and it is PERFECT on a cold turkey sandwich after Thanksgiving. The tartness is so perfect with all the richness of the meal. SO GOOD. 2 agree Reply We do the same but we also add an apple. 1 agrees Reply This is what we're doing, and I love the stuff! The key is to make it at least a day ahead, to let the flavors marry in the refrigerator. 1 agrees Reply I've always done it just like this recipe until last year, when I tried two different things, both equally easy and very tasty: 1. For a raw sauce (see sweet cranberry relish, above), blend or process the following (proportions very flexible): -1/2 bag raw cranberries -1 apple, peeled and chopped -a couple of dates, chopped 2. For a traditional but slightly healthier sauce, cook the following (proportions also very flexible; add more dates until it's as sweet as you want it): -other half of the bag of cranberries -enough water to cover in the pot -a handful of dates, chopped Reply The only cranberry sauce I have ever liked is pretty much this exact recipe. I will gladly skip the oranges, the apples, the walnuts, the ginger, and celery. Anything other than straight cranberries and sugar just tastes too cloying and competes with the other great flavors this time of year. Bah! Humbug! Reply Thanks for this; now that I've successfully made the basic recipe, I'm excited to try some of the variations in the comments. A note on sugar substitutes (I have family with dietary restrictions): the stevia-based sweetener I use usually requires half the quantity of sugar one would use; I used *slightly* more than this, in part for the consistency. 1 agrees Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.