Cranberry sauce

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Cranberry sauce is a condiment or sauce that has become an integral part of festive dining, particularly in North America, around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Its origins trace back to Native Americans, who used cranberries for their nutritional value, dye, and as a preservative. Europeans adopted cranberry sauce in the 17th century, appreciating its tart, sweet flavor that pairs remarkably well with meats like turkey, chicken, and pork, enhancing the richness of these dishes.

Serves: +10
  • Cranberries, fresh or frozen 300 g
  • Water 120 ml
  • White sugar 200 g
  • Orange zest 1 orange
  • A pinch of cinnamon optional
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  • If you’re using fresh cranberries, rinse them thoroughly under cold water and discard any soft or browned ones. For frozen cranberries, there’s no need to thaw them.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the water and sugar. Stir over medium heat until the sugar has fully dissolved. Once the sugar water is clear, add the cranberries to the saucepan.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to a simmer. You’ll notice the cranberries starting to pop; this is expected.
  • After about 5 minutes of simmering, when many of the cranberries have popped and the mixture begins to thicken, add the orange zest and a pinch of cinnamon. Stir well to incorporate.
  • Continue to simmer the sauce for another 5-10 minutes, or until it has reached your desired thickness. Remember, the sauce will thicken further as it cools.
  • Remove the sauce from the heat and allow it to cool to room temperature. It can then be served immediately or chilled in the refrigerator until needed.

Storage Tips

Cranberry sauce stores exceptionally well. In the refrigerator, it can last up to 10-14 days when kept in an airtight container. For longer storage, cranberry sauce can be frozen. Freeze it in airtight containers or freezer bags, leaving some room for expansion. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

Useful Properties of Cranberries

Cranberries are a powerhouse of nutrition, packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, and fiber. They’re known for their role in preventing urinary tract infections, improving immune function, and reducing inflammation. Incorporating cranberries into your diet can contribute to overall health and well-being.

Interesting Facts

  • A Thanksgiving Staple: Cranberry sauce became a national Thanksgiving tradition in the United States after Ocean Spray introduced canned cranberry sauce in the 1940s, making it easily accessible to households across the country.
  • Versatility: Beyond its role in festive dinners, cranberry sauce is versatile in the culinary world, used in baking, as a topping for desserts, and even in cocktails.
  • Historical Significance: Cranberries are one of the few fruits native to North America that were consumed by Native Americans long before the arrival of Europeans, making cranberry sauce a dish with deep historical roots in American culture.
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