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Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

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Are you used to eating cranberry sauce from a can? Well I’m here to change all of that for you with our crazy simple homemade Cranberry Sauce with Fresh Herbs.

After you try this recipe, you’ll never buy from a can again! 

Crazy Simple Fresh Homemade Cranberry Sauce With Herbs

When you think about the holidays, cranberry sauce is right there on the table with homemade biscuits and butter. Family dinner just isn’t the same without it. 

If you’ve never made your own cranberry sauce, you truly won’t believe how easy it is and how wonderful it tastes.

Say No to The Can

One thing you don’t need on your holiday table is harmful ingredients. 

I’m not exactly sure when the shift between making everything from scratch and eating out of a box and can took place, but I do know from scratch cooking taste better and is better for you.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce only needs 3 ingredients: Cranberries, Water and Sugar. So why the need for high fructose corn syrup and more corn syrup?

Avoid food with HFC and make your own in less than ten minutes. 

If you would like to learn more about GMO’s and organic eating, You can read GMO Information You Should Know

Crazy Simple Homemade Fresh Cranberry Sauce with herbs by My Homestead Life

In addition to obesity and cancer, HFCS has also been linked to leaky gut syndrome and many other health issues. If you would like to learn more about HFCS click here. 

Homemade Fresh Cranberry Sauce With Herbs

Honestly, I was shocked to discover how easy cranberry sauce was to make. I now stock up on fresh cranberries when they are in season and freeze them so I can make my own sauce all year long. 

How To Make Cranberry Sauce Better?

To simplify this cranberry recipe, you can use just the three ingredients , cranberries, water, sugar. Follow the directions listed below and you’ll have amazing, homemade cranberry sauce. Simple, easy.

However, if you want to make your cranberry sauce better and more exciting, follow my recipe exactly with all the fun ingredients.


  • 12 oz of Fresh Cranberries
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Organic Cane Sugar
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • Zest of One Orange
  • 1 Tsp Of Fresh Chopped Rosemary


  1. Place all of your ingredients into a 1 quart saucepan
  2. Cover and cook over med-high heat
  3. Bring to boil, stir and reduce heat to a simmer
  4. Simmer for 5- 10 mins
  5. Stir and mash the cranberries with the back of your spoon or a fork.
  6. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  7. Take out the cinnamon sticks and store your homemade cranberry sauce in the fridge until ready to use

How To Make Cranberry Sauce Thicker?

Your homemade cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools and after it’s been in the fridge for a couple of hours.

In the event that you still want it thicker, you can place back on the stove, bring to boil, reduce to simmer for an additional 10-20 minutes.

Repeat the steps 5-7 above.

The Perfect Match

When preparing a meal for the holidays or a family gathering, we’ve got you covered. From the wonderful scents of the season to the perfect drink to toast.

This cranberry sauce goes perfect on top of cream cheese for any holiday gathering. 

What’s a holiday without homemade bread stuffing?

In addition to our Cranberry Appetizer, we have the PERFECT cocktail to go with your meal!

One of the best parts about holiday meals are the wonderful aromas that pour out of the kitchen.

Now you don’t have to cook all day to make your home smell like you have been! Try one of our homemade potpourri recipes.

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