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Easy Cranberry Sauce

homemade Cranberry Sauce

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Make this Easy Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce (Pressure Cooker Cranberry Sauce). Tangy & sweet fresh homemade cranberry sauce is great as a jam, use it for topping for desserts, or a filling for pastries, or you can even use it as a topping yogurt and smoothies. Don’t just save it for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner! Although those are my favorite times to enjoy it.  I love spreading it over hot turkey on Thanksgiving. If you haven't tried that it is "seriously" delicious!

You Will Need

1- 12 oz. Bag Cranberries

1 Cup Orange Juice

1 Cup Sugar

1 Cinnamon Stick


1. Add Cranberries to your instant pot.

2. Add Sugar

3. Add Orange Juice

4. Add Cinnamon Stick

5. Place your lid on

6. make sure you are on sealing and not venting.

7. Select Pressure cook and set timer to 2 minutes. 

8. When Timer goes off, wait 5 minutes then instant release.

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Cranberry sauce not only adds a burst of color to the dinner table but also provides a delightful balance of flavors that complements the richness of roasted meats. It has become an essential part of festive meals, and many families have their own cherished recipes passed down through generations.

Texture: Once the cranberries have softened and the mixture has thickened, the sauce is typically removed from the heat. Some people prefer a chunky cranberry sauce with whole berries, while others prefer a smoother consistency obtained by mashing the berries or blending the sauce.

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Sweetening: The amount of sugar used in cranberry sauce can vary depending on personal taste and the sweetness of the cranberries. Some recipes call for a significant amount of sugar to balance the tartness, while others opt for less sugar to retain a more pronounced tang.

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce is Great for:

  • Pancakes – spread it on toast, sandwiches, panini, and waffles…

  • Flavor – mix it in yogurt, smoothie slushies, cream cheese, it makes great popsicles!

  • Desserts- – cakes or better yet cheesecake!  homemade ice-cream…

  • Pastry – add it in tarts, muffins, pies, crisp, or in turnovers

  • Glaze- We know that cranberry sauce goes with turkey. But it also goes with chicken, pork and beef. Try baking chicken breasts or pork chops and then brush with cranberry sauce 5 minutes before they're done, longer for a more caramelized coating.

  • Have you ever tried adding cranberry sauce to your homemade BBQ sauce?

Cranberry Health Benefits

  • Cranberry's have natural cholesterol-lowering effects.

  • A sweet road to a healthy heart.

  • Cranberry is a cancer fighter.

  • The secret sauce for regularity.

  • A delicious immunity booster.

  • Cranberries promote clearer skin.

  • Lose weight while eating great.

Nostalgia and Tradition:


Cranberry sauce's association with holiday feasts and family gatherings invokes a sense of nostalgia and tradition. The mere sight and taste of this crimson condiment often conjure heartwarming memories of cherished moments spent with loved ones.

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How long does cranberry sauce last?

Stored properly it will last 10 to 14 days

Can you Freeze Homemade Cranberry Sauce? 


Homemade cranberry sauce freezes beautifully. Pack homemade cranberry sauce in an airtight container or freezer-safe plastic bag to prevent freezer burn. For best results, use the frozen cranberry sauce within a couple of months, defrost in the refrigerator overnight.

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