Homemade cranberry sauce

Sunday, December 18, 2011

I told you in my post yesterday that I made my entire Thanksgiving dinner from scratch this year. Most years I take shortcuts like buying premade pie shells and canned cranberry sauce, but not this year. I decided to go all out! Let me tell you, the extra work was well worth the effort! Everything was simply delicious. I even heard the phrase "this is the best everything ever!" That puts a smile on a cook's face...I promise you that!

Today's recipe is the one I followed to make homemade cranberry sauce. It's so simple & so much better than canned!

What you'll need:

2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 lb (4 cups) fresh cranberries, rinsed

Combine sugar and water in a large saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring often. Boil 5 minutes. (This creates a "simple syrup" and is what sweetens your sauce.) Add cranberries and cook and stir for an additional 5 minutes or until skins pop. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly, stirring occasionally. Serve warm or cold.*

*To mold sauce, cook 10 minutes longer, or until a drop jells on a cold plate. Pour into a 4-cup mold. Chill until firm. To unmold, set mold into a large bowl of hot water to loosen from edge, invert onto serving plate.

Makes 4 cups.

sugar - $3.29/lb
cranberries - $2.56/lb
Total - $2.85

June? Really??

Saturday, December 17, 2011

I just realized that I told you WAAAAY back on June the 1st that I was going to start posting here again. I am so sorry that that hasn't happened yet but, as of today, I am feeling much more myself and I really, really, really, really will begin posting here again! In my defense, in that last post, I said "don't hold me to it", so at least I warned you that what happened was a possibility!

OK, that's lame, I know. I apologize for not posting since June. There's really no excuse for it. I promise to do better in the future!!

On THAT note, see you soon! I can't wait to tell you how Thanksgiving dinner turned out this year.....yummmmy! I made everything from scratch....even the cranberry sauce! And I did it all for less than $45! Go me :)

Have a great day everyone & Merry, Merry Christmas!

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