The Basics: How to Make Cranberry Sauce

From the store to the kitchen to the table: We outline the steps that get you from raw ingredients to your dinner tonight, free of measurements and complicated techniques. It’s a method you’ll remember and whip out whenever you like. It is the most basic way to make the thing you’re making.

  • WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
  • - a medium saucepan
  • - 3 cups (12 ounces) fresh, or frozen and thawed, cranberries
  • - 3/4 cup sugar
  • - the finely grated zest of a whole orange
  • - the juice of half an orange

WHAT YOU’LL DO:

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  • 1. Combine the cranberries, sugar, orange zest, and orange juice in the saucepan.

    Step 1
  • 2. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Once the mixture boils, reduce the heat to low.

    Step 2
  • 3. Simmer the sauce until the cranberries are soft and start to fall apart, about 30 minutes. Then remove from heat—the sauce will thicken some as it cools. Makes 8 servings. See more Thanksgiving Basics.

    Step 3

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