Betty’s Cranberry Sauce – Sweet and tangy whole berry sauce that is bound to replace any canned variety.Holiday meals are not holiday meals without hot debates and contention.
Dressing or stuffing?
Candied yams with or without marshmallows?
White or dark meat?
Football or Parade?
(Update for 2016) THE ELECTION!!!
Whole-berry canned cranberry sauce or jellied cranberry sauce still in the shape of the can that looks like pickled beets when sliced?
Dressing is on the side, stuffing is in the bird, so either works for me.
Without marshmallows, but only because I am intolerant to them.
Both meats, a bit a breast, a bit of thigh.
Football–and to ardently root AGAINST the Dallas Cowboys.
And finally, for the majority of my life NO cranberry in any form.
But that all changed in my late 20’s when my Grandma told me to just try it-in THE VOICE. You know that voice. Yes, I was scolded like a small child. And you know as well as I do, when Grandma tells you to do something, anything, at any age, you do it.
So I tried it.
Grandma for the win. (This is my Grandma Betty) Betty’s Cranberry Sauce was amazing.Maybe I tried it as a kid and hated it, who knows, but I have been unnecessarily prejudiced against this most delightful sauce.
It’s been well over a decade since I’ve repented, seen the light, and made a switch and started adding cranberry sauce to my holiday plate. There is no turning back now, I am utterly addicted. I like to make a bit extra just so I can eat it with a spoon.
When she gave me her recipe eons ago, cranberry package sizes were larger, and she’s adjusted the recipe to fit the smaller bag size. She’s also played with the recipe. She says it can be made with all apple juice or all orange juice, but the 50/50 of juices is the best. So that’s how I make it.
Betty's Cranberry Sauce
Sweet and tangy whole berry sauce that is bound to replace any can variety.
- 12 oz bag fresh cranberries (about 3 cups)
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup apple juice
- 3/4 cup orange juice
- 1 1/2 cups water
In a heavy pan cook all the ingredients together and boil until the cranberry skins begin to pop, about 10 minutes.
Reduce heat and allow to simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
Chill and serve.
Michelle | A Dish of Daily LifeNovember 19, 2015 at 10:41 am
I didn’t eat cranberry sauce for years, because all I knew was the canned stuff that I had as a kid. Ick. THIS looks delicious!
Michelle De La CerdaNovember 20, 2015 at 10:39 am
This is a million times better than anything from a can. Thanks Michelle.
Sharon @ What The Fork Food BlogNovember 19, 2015 at 2:39 pm
I’ve always loved cranberry sauce but I really love how many different ways you can make it. Everyone has their own version and they’re all so good 🙂
BettyNovember 19, 2015 at 3:51 pm
Thank you Michelle. This is a reminder, I better get going with mine. You were blessed to have two Grandmothers in your life to grow up with and I a so proud to be one of them.
AnnieNovember 19, 2015 at 4:07 pm
I love how everyone has their own spin on a classic, this looks so good!
Kristen @ A Mind Full MomNovember 19, 2015 at 5:20 pm
I love homemade cranberry sauce and this looks great! I finally spent some time reading your about page–love feeling like I got to know you better (not just through your recipes which I love!)
Erin @ Texanerin BakingNovember 20, 2015 at 5:55 am
How has nobody commented on your grandma pictures?! What an amazing picture of her in her younger years! And she looks like such a nice lady. With a cool sweater. 😀 I love it. The sauce looks great, too, but I liked the grandma story + pictures the most. 🙂
Michelle De La CerdaNovember 20, 2015 at 10:36 am
Thank you Erin. My grandma is a pretty amazing lady. I have been very blessed in life to have had the two best Grandma’s.
Melanie | Melanie MakesNovember 20, 2015 at 11:56 am
Betty knows best! Love the story behind this dish and that black and white photo of your grandmother.
Michelle | A Latte FoodNovember 20, 2015 at 8:37 pm
Me too! I used to detest cranberry sauce and now I LOVE it! This looks like an amazing recipe!
Laura @MotherWouldKnowNovember 24, 2015 at 8:57 pm
The photos of your Grandmother say it all! No question about it, grandma knew what she was talking about, and you were smart to take her advice. Guess brains must run in the family:) Happy Thanksgiving.
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