Cranberry sauce is a staple for any Thanksgiving meal. But what if you can’t find fresh cranberries? No problem – you can make your cranberry sauce from dried cranberries! No one will know the difference!
- Dried cranberries, sweetened (Craisins)
- Cranberry juice
- 1 orange, juiced and zested
- Cornstarch for thickening
How to make cranberry sauce from dried cranberries
I was really surprised at how easy it is to make cranberry sauce using dried cranberries. It’s actually very similar to using fresh cranberries. Unlike my cranberry-apricot sauce, this one only needs the juice of one orange. More liquid comes from cranberry juice – a great way to replace the liquid normally present in fresh cranberries. Orange zest and sugar complete the flavors.
Place everything in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the cranberries plump up. This takes about 5-10 minutes. Then, add a slurry made of cornstarch to thicken the sauce.
The sauce is both tart and sweet, which to me is the perfect combination in a cranberry sauce. If you prefer a sweeter sauce, increase the sugar to 1/3 cup.
Yes, the only difference is that you’ll need to increase the sugar to 1/3 cup. That will replace that extra sugar you would otherwise get from the Craisins.
For me, this is an easy choice. If I buy unsweetened, I’m always wondering what to do with the leftovers. Sweetened cranberries (Craisins) are entirely snackable on their own, and never go uneaten in this house!
Many consider cranberries a superfood due to their high levels of antioxidants and nutrients. Research has linked the nutrients in cranberries to a lower risk of urinary tract infection, the prevention of cancer, improved immune function, and decreased blood pressure. (Medical News Today)
Cranberry Sauce from Dried Cranberries
- 1½ cups dried cranberries sweetened
- ¾ cup cranberry juice
- ¼ cup sugar
- Zest of one orange
- Juice from one orange
- Dash of salt
- 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
- ¼ cup water
- Add cranberries, orange juice and zest, cranberry juice, sugar and a dash of salt to a medium saucepan. Heat to boiling.
- Reduce heat to simmer and cook until the cranberries plump up, about 5 to 10 minutes.
- Make a slurry with the cornstarch and water. Slowly drizzle into the sauce mixture while stirring. Stir for at least one minute, until the sauce thickens. Sauce will thicken more as it cools.
Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.