Homemade Cranberry Sauce
This year for Thanksgiving and Christmas, instead of opening up a can of jellied cranberry sauce, why not simply make your own? Homemade cranberry sauce tastes far better than the canned stuff - and the variations you can create are near endless.
Cranberry season is right now (September through November), so you only have a few weeks left to indulge in the sweet-tart fresh red berries.
Only one of the more than a hundred types of cranberries grown in North America is actually native to the continent – it is known as the American cranberry. The majority of cranberries are grown primarily in Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Oregon, New Jersey and Washington.
Cranberries are miniature nutritional powerhouses and are considered a must-eat superfood. (Click for 10 more everyday superfoods.)
The ruby red berries are bursting with antioxidants and have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, maintain urinary tract health, promote digestive health, and protect the body against free radicals. Further, emerging research suggests cranberries promote dental health as well as prevent cancer and stomach ulcers.
In short, eating cranberries in any form - fresh, dried, juice or sauce – on a daily basis is good for you – and can accomplished deliciously in a variety of ways. Here are a few cranberry sauce recipes to boost your health and add a special sweet something to your holiday meals. (More holiday recipes featuring superfoods.)
Homemade cranberry sauce recipes
Recipes courtesy of the Cranberry Marketing Committee
Cranberry sauce recipe with Port and tangerine
Makes 2 cups
Rosemary cranberry sauce recipes
Makes 2 cups
Blackberry cranberry sauce recipe
Makes 4 cups