Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Grandma's Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Every year my grandma, we lovingly call her Gram, makes the cranberry sauce for our Thanksgiving dinner.  Today Gram is going to show us how to make it:
Wash 2 packages of fresh cranberries, and 1 orange.  Cut the orange into small pieces leaving the rind on.  Peel and cut up 4 apples (Gram uses Jonathon).  And Peel and cut up an additional 2 oranges.  Now all the prep work is done we're ready to get started.
 Fill a blender 1/3 of the way full with cranberries.  Pour in enough water to almost cover the cranberries.
 Add in a handful of apples and oranges.  Put the lid on and grind away.
 Dump contents of the blender into a colander.
 Repeat until all the cranberries, apples, and oranges are ground.
 Sometimes you have to turn off your blender and push everything around with a spatula to get everything to grind evenly.
 When you're done you should have a big colander full of your cranberry apple orange mixture.  
The next step is to press out as much of the liquid as you can.  (This was my job).  Gram says you want only pulp and no liquid.
 Once that's done, you start adding sugar to your taste.  You still want it a little on the tart side because it will sweeten up over time.
We added 3 cups of sugar and then tasted it.  This batch ended up needed 5 cups of sugar!
The last step is to let the sauce sit in the fridge for 3 or more days.

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