Simply Delicious Cranberry Sauce

Thanksgiving is less than two days away!  Thus begins the last-minute scramble for quick and easy complimentary side dishes.  When researching endless recipes online or in your favorite cookbook, don’t forget the simple dishes that have survived the test of time.  Stuffing, succotash, creamed onions, glazed carrots, and CRANBERRY SAUCE.  Growing up in rural New Jersey, I’m accustomed to homemade everything….even cranberry sauce.  Before you buy a can of pre-made cranberry sauce from your local grocery store, try my cranberry sauce recipe.  It can be prepared in under 20 minutes with only 3 ingredients!  Your taste buds will thank you!


1 bag  Fresh Cranberries (12 ounces)

1 cup  White Granulated Sugar

1 cup  Cold Water  

  1. Combine all ingredients in an uncovered medium saucepan.
  2. Bring mixture to a rapid boil over high heat and boil for 5 minutes.
  3. Reduce temperature to medium heat and continue to boil for an additional 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool.
  5. Transfer to desired storage container.
  6. This recipe yields approximately one and a half pints.


  • Don’t fret over the popping noise you hear during preparation; it’s just the cranberries bursting!
  • I prefer to constantly stir the mixture during the entire cooking process.
  • Use only COLD water.
  • Your sauce will thicken as it cools.
  • I transfer my final product into pint mason jars; it allows for easy refrigerator storage.
  • Need more sauce?  Just double the recipe!

THAT’S IT!  Simply delicious cranberry sauce for your Thanksgiving feast….and it took less than 20 minutes.  Your holiday crowd will be impressed with your homemade side dish!  Not cooking for Thanksgiving?  Give a jar to your host as a gift!  Enjoy your holiday and THANK YOU!





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I'm just your average thirty-something woman, living in Small Town, USA. I graduated college with a B.S. Degree in Chemistry in 2008. While pursuing my passion for Chemistry, my life took an unexpected turn and I became my grandmother's 24-hour caregiver....for 11 years. During this time, I married and became a very independent woman. The Piney Chemist combines my love of Chemistry with eventful life experiences. It's Chemistry, caregiving, and me!

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