Homemade Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

By Erin Huffstetler | 11/05/2017 | 2 Comments
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Like to cook Thanksgiving dinner from scratch, but have some family members who insist on having that jellied cranberry sauce that comes out looking like the can? Surprise them with this homemade version. It only takes three ingredients and about 15 minutes to make.

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Ingredients:

(2) 12-oz. bags fresh cranberries
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups water

What You Do:

Boiling Sugar and Water

Bring the sugar and water to a boil over high heat.

Adding Cranberries to the Pot

Add the cranberries, and bring the pot back to a boil.

Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Then, reduce the heat, and keep the cranberries at a gentle boil for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. The berries will pop as they cook.

Straining Cranberry Sauce

Remove the pot from the stove. Then, place a fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl, and strain the cranberry sauce. I just use a wooden spoon to push the sauce through the sieve.

Cranberry Skins and Seeds

Keep going until only the skins and seeds remain in the sieve. This will give you a good arm workout.

You can also use a food mill to strain your sauce, if you have one.

Transferring Cranberry Sauce to Jars

Then, transfer your strained cranberry sauce to a couple pint canning jars.

Cranberry Sauce on the Back of the Sieve

Be sure to get all the cranberry sauce that’s hanging on the back of the sieve.

Jars of Homemade Jellied Cranberry Sauce

You should end up with around one and two-third pints of jellied cranberry sauce. If you want to use a mold to give your cranberry sauce a fun shape, you can definitely do that, too.

Allow your cranberry sauce to cool a bit. Then, move it to the fridge. It’ll firm up as it cools.

Make your jellied cranberry sauce the same day you plan to serve it, or several days ahead. As long as it has a few hours to chill before you serve it, it’ll be great.

To Serve:

Running Jar of Cranberry Sauce Under Hot Water

Just run the jar under some hot water.

Easing the Cranberry Sauce Out of the Jar With a Spatula

Then, carefully insert a spatula to help ease it out and onto a serving plate.

Homemade Jellied Cranberry Sauce on a Serving Plate

And viola! Homemade jellied cranberry sauce with the traditional can shape and jiggle. You don’t even have to tell your family you switched them off the store-bought stuff, if you don’t want to.

Variations:

If you want to get fancy, you can use orange juice or apple cider in place of the water.

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Jellied Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Replace canned cranberry sauce with this homemade jellied cranberry sauce. It only takes 15 minutes to make.


  • Author: Erin Huffstetler, myfrugalhome.com
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 and 2/3 pints
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Stove-Top
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients:

  • 2 12-oz. bags fresh cranberries
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups water

Instructions:

Bring the sugar and water to a boil.

Add the cranberries, and return to a boil. Then, reduce the heat, and keep the pot at a low boil for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. The berries will pop and the sauce will start to thicken as it cooks.

Place a fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl, and use a spoon to push the sauce through the sieve. This will remove the skins and seeds.

Transfer your strained sauce to a couple pint canning jars, or whatever mold you’re using. Then, chill until serving.

To unmold the cranberry sauce, just run the jars under hot water. Then, gently guide the sauce out with a spatula.

Notes

  • You can also use orange juice or apple cider in place of the water called for.
  • This recipe can be made a few hours before serving, or several days ahead.
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Comments

    • Hey, Kerry. I just had the skins and seeds left. I suppose they could go in muffins, since skins are typically fully of vitamins. I didn’t do anything with them this time. Have any good ideas?

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