Then, fresh cranberries became available and I was served a bitter, raw, ground cranberry hash that was not pleasant at all. I was beginning to despair until I started hunting through old recipe books and found a recipe for a cranberry sauce that was more like a jam than a relish.
I played with the recipe and came up with a cranberry sauce that my family loves and it is amazingly easy. It can be canned following the instructions on a jam recipe. It is frugal because cranberries are BOGO at my grocery store this time of year, so I stock up. If you don't like canning, fresh cranberries freeze well.
Easy Cranberry Sauce:
1 bag cranberries
1 cup white sugar
Place the orange juice and cranberries into a pot. Heat on low medium, covered until the berries burst. Add 1 tablespoon, finely grated orange peel and sugar, then lower heat. Simmer, uncovered, until the sauce reaches a jam consistency.
This sauce nicely complements any rich meal and is great on all kinds of sandwiches, not just turkey. Once you have made your own cranberry sauce you won't want to eat the canned variety.