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Spiced Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Updated on November 26, 2014
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There are few things that are better than sitting down with family and friends and enjoying a delicious holiday meal. Year after year people bring their favorites dishes to the table and the feast is enjoyed. One of our family traditions is my homemade spiced cranberry sauce.

This sauce is made with fresh ingredients and, while it does take some time to cook, it is well worth the wait. The tart tang of the cranberries blends nicely with the light citrus flavors and the warm cinnamon and clove. An added bonus when making this sauce is that your house fills with the wonderful aroma of fruits and spices.

It is the perfect accompaniment to any holiday dish and tastes even better after it has been refrigerated for a few days.

There are times when I will use canned cranberry sauce, but for a special meal, nothing but my homemade sauce will do. It is a recipe that I have perfected over the years and it is now a must-have at every holiday meal. I hope you enjoy it too.

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4.8 stars from 4 ratings of Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 1 hour 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour 55 min
Yields: Makes 2 quarts of sauce
Start with fresh ingredients.
Start with fresh ingredients. | Source

Ingredients

  • 3 packs (12 oz each) fresh cranberries, rinsed
  • 2 oranges, rinsed and sliced
  • 1 lemon, rinsed and sliced
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tbs ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp allspice

Serving Suggestions

Great as a holiday side dish, this sauce is also delicious:

  • Served with vanilla ice cream
  • Spread on toast

Instructions

  1. Rinse the cranberries and pick out any bad ones. Place cranberries in a large saucepot (at least 6 quart size).
  2. Rinse and slice the oranges and the lemon. Place in pot with cranberries.
  3. Add the water, sugar and spices to the pot and mix all ingredients together.
  4. Bring mixture to a boil. Make sure to wear an apron or an old shirt. This mixture will splatter and cranberry stains are very difficult to get out.
  5. Continue boiling at a medium high heat while stirring frequently.
  6. Using the back of a spoon, smash the oranges and lemon against the side of the pot. This releases any remaining juice and pulp. Then, using tongs or a slotted spoon, remove all of the citrus rind out while the mixture continues to gently boil.
  7. After the citrus rinds have been removed, and while the mixture is still boiling, use the back of the mixing spoon and gently press the cranberries against the side of the pot to crush them. This ensures that all of them have opened so there are no whole berries in the finished product.
  8. Continue boiling until mixture is at the desired consistency. For a softer texture, like jam, the total cooking time will be approximately 30 minutes. The longer the sauce boils, the thicker it gets. 45 - 50 minutes will produce a jelly-like sauce once cooled.
  9. Let mixture cool for at least an hour or two before transferring to an airtight container and storing in the refrigerator. The sauce can be stored for up to two weeks.
  10. This sauce can be served warm or cold.
  11. Note: This mixture gets extremely hot while cooking and can splatter when boiling. Be careful not to touch the sauce until it has had a chance to cool.

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Fresh cranberries in the pot.Oranges and lemons added to the cranberries.After adding sugar, water and spices, mixture is stirred together.Orange and lemon rinds after being removed.Sauce gently boiling.Sauce almost ready to be removed from the heat.Spiced Cranberry Sauce
Fresh cranberries in the pot.
Fresh cranberries in the pot. | Source
Oranges and lemons added to the cranberries.
Oranges and lemons added to the cranberries. | Source
After adding sugar, water and spices, mixture is stirred together.
After adding sugar, water and spices, mixture is stirred together. | Source
Orange and lemon rinds after being removed.
Orange and lemon rinds after being removed. | Source
Sauce gently boiling.
Sauce gently boiling. | Source
Sauce almost ready to be removed from the heat.
Sauce almost ready to be removed from the heat. | Source
Spiced Cranberry Sauce
Spiced Cranberry Sauce | Source
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/2 cup cranberry sauce
Calories 133
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Carbohydrates 34 g11%
Fiber 2 g8%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Did you know?

These fun cranberry facts were taken from the Ocean Spray© website.

  • American troops required about 1 million pounds of dehydrated cranberries every year during WWII.
  • Americans consume around 400 million pounds of cranberries per year. 80 million pounds are consumed at Thanksgiving.
  • Cranberries float because of small pockets of air inside the fruit.
  • Native Americans used cranberries in a poultice to draw poison from wounds.
  • Sailors used cranberries to prevent scurvy.

Information about Cranberries

Grown mainly in northern climates, cranberries are one of only a few fruits that are native to North America. They grow primarily in boggy areas. Native Americans first discovered cranberries and they used the fruit for food, as well as for medicinal uses and as natural dye.

It was not until the 1800s that cranberries were harvested for commercial use.

Incredibly sour, cranberries are not palatable when eaten raw, but added to sauces, relishes and other dishes transforms them into something delicious.

Cranberries are incredibly good for you. According to research funded by the National Institutes of Health, cranberries may help avoid urinary tract infections and block plaque build up on teeth. Some experts have branded raw cranberries as a "superfruit" because of their antioxidant properties and nutritional value. One cup of raw cranberries provides 24% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C and 20% of the recommended amount of daily fiber.

Your dinner will be a success...

You can't go wrong when you try this Spiced Cranberry Sauce recipe. It is a delicious and beautiful addition to any table.

Spiced Cranberry Sauce Recipe
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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate it Carly. Oh I have had that sauce many many times and still use it in recipes, but I bring out the "good" stuff on holidays. It adds that personal touch in my opinion. Glad you liked the recipe and thanks for reading.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks tillsontitan! Maybe this recipe will get you to like them, although probably not. My husband drives me crazy because he won't eat the sweet potatoes and everyone else does. The good thing about the holidays is that there are so many different dishes , everyone finds something they like.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      This looks delicious. I love cranberry sauce especially around the holidays. My mom used to open the cranberry sauce from the can and served it as is. It had the ring marks from the can! LOL.

      I try to make a more original dish for my family. I am going to give your recipe a try.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      No, I don't eat cranberry sauce, but I am in the minority in my house. Everyone else loves it and one of my daughters cooks fresh cranberrys every holiday! I will have to pass this recipe on to her as it looks really good.

      Voted up, useful, interesting, and shared.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thank you so very much for telling me this rajan! I will look into it right away. It is awful that people do this sort of thing. Have a good day and good luck resolving this issue. Thanks again.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi GTF,

      I'd like to bring to your notice that this hub of yours has been copied and published in its entirety at http://cookingtra123.blogspot.in/2012/01/spiced-cr...

      This blogger has copied 7 of my hubs and I know of 2 other hubbers whose work has also been copied exactly. The info about this theft was given to me by another hubber. When I visited the profile page of this thief, I found that he had copied 7 of my hubs so I presume this thief has copied all the stuff that is on his blogs.

      I'm filing a DMCA.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks twig22bend! I've always thought about making it in the summer as a reminder of the holidays.

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      twig22bend 4 years ago

      I will definitely try fresh cranberries for my next holiday feast. Great hub! Thanks for sharing.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks Natasalh! I'm getting ready to make a batch for Christmas. I think that once people eat fresh cranberry sauce it replaces the canned for them. Although I have to admit that I like the canned stuff too.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I made some cranberry sauce on the fly at work yesterday and it turned out delicious! Looking at your recipe, what I put together was pretty similar. I didn't use allspice, though, but maybe I should have. Coworkers were telling other coworkers to come try it and said it would 'ruin all other cranberry sauce forever' because it was so tasty. Your recipe is so similar, I'm sure it's just as tasty and elicits the same responses!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Sunshine! I do like the canned stuff too, but for those special occasions this can't be beat! I appreciate the comments.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I like cranberries in so many different ways, but I'm not a fan of cranberry sauce unless it comes from a can. Your recipe looks tempting though. You got my votes and tweet!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Many thanks for the support ignugent. Cranberries do have an interesting history.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Looks so good! Thanks for the information about cranberries. It is always nice to know how people came to know the fruit.

      Voted up and useful. :-)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I hope you give it a shot Melovy. It is pretty tasty and makes a nice addition to the table. I appreciate the comments.

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      This looks really good. We always use cranberries in recipes along with other ingredients instead of having a sauce, but with this recipe I think it would be nice to make our own this year. Thanks for the recipe!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks Chris! I like pretty much anything cranberry and this so yummy. I don't mind the canned too much, but scratch is so much better.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks ChristyWrites! I had this for breakfast just now. :-)

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      Christine McDade 4 years ago from Southwest Florida

      I love cranberries and find there is nothing better than making them from scratch like your recipe. I grew up with the canned sauce that came out in a jellied form with the can lines on the red blob. Ha. It is also interesting to know their nutritional value. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I had not thought of serving the sauce on toast - a good way to use up leftovers!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi vespawoolf - We ate a lot of this yesterday! You'll have to let me know how it turns out with the craisins. That would add a whole other layer of flavor. Thanks for visiting!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks ChrisStyles. I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love the spices you've added to this cranberry sauce! Although we can't find fresh cranberries in Peru, I can adapt this recipe to be made with the craisins I brought with me from our last trip to the U.S. Thank you!

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      ChrisStyles 4 years ago from USA

      I will be having some of this later on today. My aunt makes a good spiced cranberry sauce, only get to have it one day out of the year, though.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much cclitgirl. I sort of a nerd for interesting little facts so they are fun to include. I appreciate the comments.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thank you Gypsy! I hope you enjoy it.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      I love the facts you included with this hub. I love cranberry sauce, too. It's my weakness. I will definitely have to give this a try! YUMMY!

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      Gypsy48 4 years ago

      I was just looking for a good cranberry sauce recipe, this is one I will definitely be making. Thanks for sharing, voted up:)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks La Thing. It's a nice homemade version which adds a special touch to the table. It's also nice because it can be made well ahead of time.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate it newusedcarssacram!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Mary - I really appreciate your comments and support! I hope you'll let me know how you like it.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      We love Cranberry Sauce! Never made it at home though. This looks very good.... Will try it soon. Thanks for sharing this with us :)

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      newusedcarssacram 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A

      I would love to try this...thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I refuse to eat chicken or turkey without Cranberry Sauce! Love your recipe; will make it for Turkey day.

      Voted UP, etc. and will share.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much eHealer! I bet you could make it too. I've been trying to take better pics so thanks for the comment! Have a good Thanksgiving.

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Glimmer, you have out done yourself! this is perfect for the holidays and I bet I could actually make this! The photos are just stunning! What a beautiful and creative hub~ Well-done hub buddy!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate it breakfastpop! I hope you give it a try. Have a great Thanksgiving!

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      This looks delicious and sounds it too. Thank you so much and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks Rosie! I hope you give it a try.

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      Rosie writes 4 years ago from Virginia

      This looks delicious - your pictures are top notch. I've never made this before, but may have to try it now. I will be using this easy-to-follow recipe.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks Jackie - I bet you'll like this if you like cranberry sauce. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      shiningirisheyes - Thanks so much for the comments and a Happy Thanksgiving to you.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I love cranberry sauce and this sounds even better, thanks!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Perfect recipe just in time for the holiday. Thanks for the gift.

      Have a wonderful Thanksgiving

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks Bill! It will be a hit, no matter who eats it!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm sure this is a great recipe but this is one of the few traditional foods for Thanksgiving that I will not eat. :) I'm sorry for being a stick in the mud; at least I still read the review, right? LOL

      Everyone else loves this, so I'll give this to Bev and see what happens.

      Have a wonderful Thanksgiving my friend.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi Nancy - I appreciate the comments. It is always fun writing recipe hubs because we get to eat the results!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Carol. I like the spices too and boy does the house smell good when cooking this.

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      Nancy McClintock 4 years ago from Southeast USA

      Great recipe, beautiful pictures and laid out very well. Voted up

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      This sounds delicious and looks wonderful. I like the spices...Will definitely try this out. Voted UP.