First sign of the holidays -- making cranberry sauce from scratch today!
After years and years of buying canned cranberry sauce and actually enjoying the little "kerplop"of the crimson cylinder, I made cranberry sauce for the first time last year.
I was immediately won over and decided to try again this year. Luckily, it stores so well, I could make it early.
I started with these fresh beauties from Trader Joe's.
Then squeezed 1 cup of fresh orange juice.
Sprinkled in 1 cup of sugar.
Then added a little bouquet of 5 allspice seeds, 5 whole cloves, 1 1/2 inch of cinnamon. I didn't have cheese cloth, so I used a tea ball, which seems to work just fine.
Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently. Simmer until thickened, about 25-30 minutes.