Easy Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce


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I never really got why people liked cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving. We always had the gelatinous, canned kind that was served in slices and I was not a fan. I made homemade cranberry sauce for the first time last year and I am never going back. It is so simple to make, you barely need an actual recipe. I started with this version and then tweaked some things. Some people have a nostalgic connection to the jiggly cranberry sauce of their youth, but if that’s not you I hope this helps.

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Easy Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce
  • 12 oz. bag of cranberries (rinsed)
  • ½ C. orange juice
  • ½ C. water
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • ½ C. of sugar (to taste)
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground cloves

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Throw everything into a crockpot and cook on low for 3 hours. Thaaaat’s pretty much it.

You could do it on the stovetop too, but that can take up valuable kitchen real estate in the pre-Thanksgiving meal rush. This can also be made beforehand and heated back up. Add more sugar to taste, I start off with a little and then add more so it doesn’t get too sweet.

You can use a wooden spoon to smash down the cranberries into your desired consistency. Makes about 3 cups of sauce

Originally published November 19, 2015

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Dara is a librarian to many, mom to two, and wife to one bearded man. Her hobbies include reading, watching Netflix, and serving as honorary (imaginary) godmother to Prince George. She has been learning to knit for 3 years. It is not going well.


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    Yum!! I love cranberry sauce! I’ve made my own a few times and as much as I try not to eat processed foods, I can’t help but love the jellied stuff that comes in a can. I think it’s more “comfort” from having it as a kid than anything else. haha Well…and the sugar. ;)

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    Love your type of cranberry sauce recipe. I learned to make a similar recipe about ten years ago. So that means for fifty years my family opened a can of that gelatinous red stuff and for as many years it went in the garbage. But it was tradition to have it.

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