Healthy Cranberry Sauce Ideas?

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    May 16, 2013 6:09 PM GMT
    I very much crave cranberry sauce, year round, as a supplement at dinner time, and I've wondered if there are any healthy options or recipes which don't involve a bunch of extra sugar (why I continuously avoid it) I know that canned cranberry sauces have a lot of sugar added to them, but I very much enjoy the taste of cranberry sauce, and would like to take advantage of their health benefits if eaten regularly.

    Thanks!
  • LJay

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    May 21, 2013 3:28 AM GMT
    You could try making your own applesauce and adding cranberries. No real recipe needed, just core apples and cut them into sort of small chunks, place over low heat with a couple of handfuls of cranberries added--or more. You don't need to add water. Heat slowly until the apples give off juice and then turn the heat up just a little. Cook until the berries pop. Chill any you don't eat right away. Notice that there is no added sugar. You really don't even have to peel the apples. Just wash and leave a few drops of water on them. If you are not sure, ask the produce folks which apples to use for applesauce.
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    May 21, 2013 3:55 AM GMT
    I make homemade cranberry sauce often using the recipe that is always printed on the berry package, but I have found it just as good cutting the sugar down to almost half. I prefer things not terribly sweet, though. Give it a try. The canned varieties almost always contain high fructose corn syrup, and when you make it yourself (and it is so easy and satisfying to do, especially as the berries pop), you're in control of the ingredients.

    I tried substituting stevia once: don't bother. I like stevia in many things, but in cranberry sauce, no. It's not worth it. Go with sugar, just cut down on it a bit.
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    May 21, 2013 2:58 PM GMT
    I like the kind that comes from the can on Thanksgiving.
  • calibro

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    May 21, 2013 3:04 PM GMT
    take some cranberries... eat a sandwich... then go suck some cock.
  • LJay

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    May 21, 2013 3:38 PM GMT
    Calibro, I don't get this one. Please explicate.

    OP, I had to meant to comment on the sweetening of Ye Sauce. Cranberries are naturally bitter and need something to sweeten them but stick to sugar or honey and avoid those nasty artificial things. The idea of cutting the sugar in half is a good one if you want to make cranberry sauce with berries alone.

    There is also a recipe out there--search web?--that my Mother used to make by grinding cranberries and seeded whole oranges, yes peel and all, and adding sugar. It needs to mellow a while before serving, but it is really good and a nice kind of tangy.

    Also, remember that if you make smaller quantities of cranberry things, you can simply tie up the plastic bag that the grocery sells them in and toss the unused berries in the freezer. They freeze very well and can be cook right from the freezer.

    And don't forget Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish (just google it) which is not so sweet.