Thursday, 19 December 2013

FOOD: Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry Sauce

I've never been partial to cranberry sauce, but this recipe changes my opinion and I'll be more then happy to be eating this come Christmas Day. Joe has a huge love for cranberry sauce, so when they were on offer at Kroger (they are even Michigan grown) for $2 a bag a couple of weeks ago we grabbed some, mainly for the intention of making cranberry sauce for Joe to enjoy, now he has a rival for eating it!

Cranberry sauce is one of items that you imagine is harder to make then it actually is - or one of those things you wonder why bother making when it's already tinned. Pretty much all the recipes out there are extremely straight forward, more so then I would ever have believe prior to making a batch. Additionally it's a recipe that you can add and take away with ingredients as you please. 

For us we just wanted something straight forward but of course packed with taste. But finding a recipe that used one of my favorite things - bourbon, that recipe was a sure winner and it doesn't disappoint. The Bourbon Vanilla Cranberry Sauce takes about 30 mins or so to make and will provide you enough for two cups. Make sure to keep it sealed and stored in the fridge - it should last up to about two weeks under such conditions. The most amazing whiskey scent comes from the boiling, yet the sauce is not intoxicating, there's only a slight hint of something strong and lingering against the tartness of the cranberries. Being a big whiskey drinker myself, I might tinker and add a little extra bourbon in for good measure.

As I mentioned yesterday I might not be feeling the most festive when it comes to Christmas, but I'm certainly trying to go full out on the Christmas food this year with homemade stuffing, rolls and mince pies. 

What's your take on cranberry sauce - love or loath?!


  1. Yum yum! I love cranberry sauce, and I think it's actually really easy to make. Another thing one can do is make a cranberry-orange relish... it's not a as saucy as sauce (duh), but if you're really loving cranberries it's another way to ingest them at a holiday meal. :)

    1. Yeah the cranberry and orange recipe was the one that is all over the internets - it must be the standard way to go. But i'm a big whiskey drinker so I had to go with the bourbon!

  2. This looks so yummy. I might give it a try too :)

  3. I love homemade cranberry sauce! Mine is very simple with just sugar, honey, and a bit of citrus.