How to Make the Best Cranberry Sauce with Fresh Cranberries

How to Make the Best Cranberry Sauce with Fresh Cranberries

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I am so glad that you are here. I so enjoy our time together. Can you believe that it is November already? This is crazy! Where is the time going? Thanksgiving is one of my all time favorite days. I love that we have a holiday to show our gratitude. We need many more Thanksgivings each year, if you ask me.

I adore Fresh Cranberry Sauce, you might even call me a “Cranberry Sauce Snob.” I think that canned Cranberry Sauce should be out lawed-I know, some of you are gasping at this very moment. Today, I am going to show you how to make the best cranberry sauce with fresh cranberries. “Come on, I’ll show you.

Easy and delicious homemade cranberry sauce.

Don’t you just love Thanksgiving? The smell of the turkey cooking? The football game or the Macy’s day parade on the television? The family gathering and laughing together as they catch up on each others lives? It all makes for such a wonderful day. I love everything about the traditional Thanksgiving Feast, but I especially love fresh homemade cranberry sauce.

This cranberry sauce recipe is so fast and easy.

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This cranberry sauce isn’t the typical recipe that is on the package of the cranberry bag. This recipe is a bit different, but oh, so delicious. And, only four ingredients-five if you decide that you want to add the fresh rosemary. This simple recipe would make a lovely gift or hostess gift this holiday season-just put it in a beautiful container, and viola! instant hostess gift.

Step 1: Pick through the cranberries to get out any overripe berries or stems.

Step 2: Pour Berries into your pot. Get a stainless steel stockpot here, a non-stick stockpot here or a Le Crueset Enamel stockpot

Step 4; Add balsamic vinegar. Get glass liquid measuring cup here, or a set of three here.

Step 5: Add maple syrup.

Step 6: Optional-add chopped fresh rosemary. Get a cutting board here or here. Get a chopping knife here or here.

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Step 7: Let berries cook until they start to pop.

Step 8: Mash berries with a potato masher. Cook until berries thicken.

The Best Cranberry Sauce with Fresh Cranberries

Serving Size:
30 minutes


  • 1 lb. bag Fresh Cranberries
  • 1/4 c. Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 c. Maple Syrup
  • 1 T. Fresh Rosemary, chopped (optional)
  • Water to cover berries in pan.


  1. Over medium heat, add all ingredients,
  2. Let cook until berries pop, then mash with a potato masher/
  3. Cook until cranberry sauce thickens.
  4. Enjoy!

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Monday 15th of November 2021

Your recipe sounds simple and delicious. I’ve never heard of using Rosemary with cranberries. I have some growing, so I may try it.

I leaks a fresh cranberry sauce that I really love! I do not like canned cranberry “jelly” sauce.

Found you on the Busy Monday Blog hop, but you’re welcome to come share your recipe at the Homestead Blog Hop!

It’s a great time of year for cranberries!

God bless, Laurie Ridge Haven Homestead

Leslie Watkins

Saturday 6th of November 2021

I love homemade cranberry sauce. I’ve never thought of adding rosemary to it!

Kathy A

Thursday 4th of November 2021

Yout recipe sounds great. After many years of making cranberry SOUP (It NEVER gels!), I add a box of raspberry Jello, usually sugar free as my SO is diabetic. I think they make cranberry jello now, too. I loved your idea of using the potato masher on the berries; I use mine to make "fork marks" on my peanut butter cookies sometimes for variety!


Tuesday 2nd of November 2021

This cranberry sauce sounds amazing. I never heard of adding nsoke syrup! Pinned my friend

Renae Frey

Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

It's a delicious recipe.