Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Cranberries - by Cjboffoli (CC by 3.0)
Canadian Thanksgiving falls around the time of the year that you can get fresh cranberries in the store. Not all that surprising, it's a feast to celebrate harvests after all, but it does mean that you have a real opportunity to do it yourself rather than buy it canned.

Believe me, fresh is best!

So, to get started, here's what you need:

1 bag of fresh cranberries (about 3 cups)
1 cup of sugar
2 tbsp of water
Citrus zest of your choice (I used lemon, but orange or lime would also be good)

Rinse the berries and have look for berries that are too soft and discard those. Add all of the ingredients to a sauce pan and place on low heat.

Stir everything from time to time, monitoring until all of the sugar has melted. This will take about 10 minutes or so, be patient.

Once everything has melted, increase the heat to medium and stir more frequently, but constantly, until the berries burst. You should have lots of bright red liquid in the pan, this will gel from the pectin in the berries.

Allow it to cool to room temperature, put into a container, and refrigerate until ready to use.


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