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Garden-fresh Cranberry Sauce

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Use garden fruits and fresh cranberries to create a unique, homemade sauce!

If you're still serving jellied cranberry sauce out of a can, it may be time to make that switch to something fresher. While cranberries, a traditional fall berry, aren't something most of us have growing in the backyard garden, fresh store-bought cranberries and a few garden ingredients can yield a pretty tasty sauce for your Thanksgiving meal.


If you're still serving jellied cranberry sauce out of a can, it may be time to make that switch to something fresher. While cranberries, a traditional fall berry, aren't something most of us have growing in the backyard garden, fresh store-bought cranberries and a few garden ingredients can yield a pretty tasty sauce for your Thanksgiving meal.

As you'd expect, the basics of homemade cranberry sauce are cranberries. Sauce can be made right on the stovetop, just by adding some water and cooking the cranberries down. Of course, just cranberries and water is going to yield a very tart sauce, and that's where your garden comes in.

Instead of adding sugar to sweeten the cranberry sauce, try chopped apples, fresh raisins, or fresh orange slices. You can also use a homemade jam or marmalade to both sweeten and thicken the sauce. Blackberries, strawberries or raspberries picked from the backyard can add an interesting fruity sweetness an bit of crunch. Instead of water, try adding a cup of homemade apple cider. Fresh herbs and spices can add some bite or depth to the flavor. Taste as you go, and if you like a sweeter sauce, add a bit of raw sugar or honey.

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