Orange Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry Sauce is so easy to make. I am not sure why more people don’t make their own. It sure beats the canned Cranberry Sauce. Or do you say Cranberry relish? Either way, it is a staple at Thanksgiving for most.
Odd how this sour berry became so popular. Out of curiosity, I looked up its origin.
Here is what National Geographic had to say about Cranberries:
According to Mihesuah, who also runs the American Indian Health and Diet Project, the Native Americans ate cranberries as fresh fruit, dried the fruit and formed them into cakes to store, and made tea out of the leaves. The Inuktitut of eastern Canada used the cranberry leaves as a tobacco substitute. There were also a range of nonculinary uses for the berry, says Mihesuah. Cree boiled the fruit and used it to dye porcupine quills for clothing and jewelry. Chippewa used cranberries as bait to trap the snowshoe hare.
And harnessing the nutritional power of the fruit—cranberries are extremely high in antioxidants and are thought to help prevent heart disease—Iroquois and Chippewa used cranberries for an assortment of medicinal purposes: as “blood purifiers,” as a laxative, and for treating fever, stomach cramps, and a slew of childbirth-related injuries.
Wow, who knew! Gives you something to think about next time you make or eat Cranberries!
Here is my recipe:
ORANGE CRANBERRY SAUCE RECIPE
- 1 (12 oz.) Bag of Fresh Cranberries
- Juice and Zest from 1 Orange
- 1/2 Cup Fresh Orange Juice
- 1 Tablespoon Honey
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- Dash of Nutmeg
1. In a medium size saucepan, add all of the ingredients and stir well.
2. Over medium/high heat, cook the Cranberries stirring often, just until they come to a boil then reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 20-25 minutes.
3. You will start to hear the Cranberries pop as they break down. This is how they will turn into sauce. Continue to cook until all the ingredients have come together and the Sauce begins to thicken..
~This recipe serves about 6-8. Double the batch if you are making this for a larger group for the holidays. Leftovers can always be used for sandwiches and more!
Recipe by: Hot Dish Homemaker