This is the most delicious cranberry sauce I’ve ever tasted. Sweetened with honey, with mild ginger and orange accents, it’s the best. Be sure to cook this up at least a day before your feast.
- 6 Tblsp 100% cranberry juice (not cocktail)
- 6 Tblsp 100% fresh orange juice
- 1 1/2 cups honey
- 6 cups fresh cranberries (roughly 2 - 12oz bags)
- 2 tsp orange zest
- 2 tsp fresh ginger root, peeled and finely shredded
- Rinse the cranberries, picking out soft or wrinkled ones.
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine juices, ginger, and honey. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low and simmer for 5 min.
- Add the whole cranberries and orange zest. Return to boil, then simmer for 15 min, stirring occasionally. Cranberries will burst and the sauce will thicken.
- Remove from heat. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a mould or other container and refrigerate overnight.
- When ready to serve, overturn the mould, or spoon into your serving dish. Enjoy!
If 100% cranberry juice (not cocktail) is difficult to locate in your area, try a health food store, they usually carry it.
Some interesting facts about cranberries:
- The cranberry got its name from European settlers who thought the blooming flower resembled a crane, hence craneberry. In parts of Canada they are called mossberry; in England fenberry.
- Native American Indians did eat cranberries, although there are no records to indicate that they were served at the Pilgrim’s first Thanksgiving in 1621.
- The earliest recorded reference to cranberry juice was in cookbook from 1683.
- The earliest recorded reference to cranberry sauce was during the American Civil War, being served to the troops in 1864.
- Cranberry sauce in Europe is often served sour, whereas in North America it’s highly sweetened.
- Rumors persist that cranberries are one of only three fruits native to North America. This is false. In addition to cranberries there are at least 36 fruits native to North America.
- Cranberries can help to prevent urinary tract infections (UTI), although researchers aren’t precisely sure how it works.
Although Ginger Cranberry Sauce has no added sugar, it is not a low-calorie recipe.