In those days, there were two ways to make cranberry sauce. In my growing up years (the 1950's and 60's) cranberry sauce came from a can.
When my Mom was alive, Thanksgiving featured jelled cranberry sauce, with no berries. After my Mom died, my Dad started taking me to my Aunt Ethel's house for Thanksgiving dinner. It was one of my favorite times of the years, as I loved my Aunt Ethel, my Uncle Lou (both passed years ago), my Uncle Lou's two bachelor brothers (one of whom is still alive and well in his 90's), and my two cousins, who became surrogate sisters to me, an only child.
Aunt Ethel roasted a turkey, with stuffing, made sweet potato cassarole topped with marshmallows, and served - whole berry cranberry sauce.
Ugh! (Sorry, Aunt Ethel - it wasn't you. Believe me.)
And then, when I married, I found my husband's family served a cranberry orange dish. I didn't like it, either. I missed my Mom's canned jellied sauce (well, I missed Ocean Spray canned jellied sauce, but never mind that.) Since my mother in law sometimes reads my blog, I hope she'll forgive me for mentioning that, too.
But, as I grew older, my tastes changed, and I discovered something else. Fresh cranberries. And I actually started to prefer the whole berry sauce, with a touch of citrus.
Cranberry sauce, dear blog readers, is so easy to make if you like the whole berry kind. It only takes minutes, a non-cook like me can whip it right up, and there are few reasons not to make your own. Those of us on Weight Watchers have to take it easy with cranberry sauce - it is normally loaded with sugar, and I'd rather save the calories for something else - like stuffing.
1 bag (12 oz) fresh cranberries, rinsed. If any stems in bag, remove.
1 cup sugar (I used a stevia/sugar blend put out by Domino - all natural, and you only use 1/2 cup. But then again, I have to watch my weight.)
1 cup water
small amount freshly grated lime rind
In saucepan, mix cranberries, water.
Bring to light boil, cover, stir occasionally, until most of the cranberries have popped
Add the sugar or sugar/stevia, mix, lightly boil some more until the other berries have mostly popped. Then, add the lime zest, and finish boiling. Cool, refrigerate, and serve.
Then, sit back and watch the Macy's Thanksgiving parade in New York City as your turkey roasts.
I love the classic floats. Like Harold the Firemen.
And the Wimpy Kid.
There was even a Mt. Rushmore float.
Oh yes, about those roasting cranberries. I have a blogging friend (I've never met her, but I know she is my blogging friend) out in Nebraska. And yesterday, she shared a couple of cranberry dishes with her readers.
And - easy peasy cranberry sauce made in the oven! Yes, you can roast your cranberries on an open fire! Next year I might just make a variation of her sauce (without orange juice, which I have issues with - I'll figure something else out, though. Just think, you don't have to stand there and stir.
Are you celebrating Thanksgiving today? Or did you already, back in October, like our Canadian neighbors? How do/did you celebrate?
Happy Thanksgiving to all my blog friends. I am thankful you have stopped by today. I have to try to catch up on NaNoWriMo (seriously behind), but I have not forgotten you, and I will catch up with comments in a few days.