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Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Satsuma Zest

Cranberry Sauce Satsuma Zest

I mentioned last year that I’m in charge of cranberry sauce for my family’s Thanksgiving meal.  My dad always wants the cranberry jelly in a can, but my mom, grandmother and I love real cranberry sauce.  Each year I sit back and smile as all the ladies at the table sing out “Pass the cranberry sauce!!!”  Last year was the first time I used satsumas instead of large navel oranges.  I loved the flavor and the fact that it’s using produce that’s in season.


This year I used the zest of the satsumas, but orange juice because I had some in the fridge and like how pulpy it is.  I also added a little bit of sugar.  I don’t know if the cranberries were more tart this year but when I tasted the sauce it needed some sweetness.  Sometimes I’m able to make it without adding sugar.

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The other change I made this year was increasing the amount of nutmeg and cloves, it really upped the flavor factor.  I think I’m finally happy with the recipe and will try making it exactly the same way next year.  It makes enough for a 10 person holiday dinner, but I make the same amount even for two of us.  Then we have leftovers to make sandwiches and other fun treats.  What’s your favorite way to use leftover cranberry sauce?

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Cranberry Sauce with Satsuma Zest

makes 3-4 cups


1 1/2 – 2 lbs fresh cranberries (depending on how chunky you like it)
1 cup cranberry apple juice
1 cup orange juice
zest of 2 satsumas
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4-1/3 cup sugar


Dump washed cranberries into a large pot. Pour cran-apple juice and orange juice into the pot. Turn heat to med-high. Add satsuma zest, spices, and sugar.

Bring to a boil, it will begin to foam and bubble over so stir and turn it down a little. Keep simmering for 10 minutes. Mix and mash with a large spoon. It’s best served cold or at room temperature, but warm works too.

Approximate cost/serving: A 3 lb bag of cranberries was $3.50 at Sam’s Club.  The whole batch costs only $2 make, at 10 servings that’s only 20 cents a serving!

Vegetarian/Gluten Free: Yes on both counts!

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