Monday, December 3, 2012

Raw Orange Cranberry Sauce

Skip the canned cranberry sauce this year- this is way more delicious! This version is a fresh and healthy accompaniment to your meal. The recipe is unbelievably simple to make, and pretty much everybody enjoys it. I make it for our Thanksgiving and Christmas celebration dinners, and we always enjoy any leftovers with whatever we're having in the days following the holidays. It's great with turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes; you will never miss the canned cranberry sauce! It's easy to make ahead of time, so you have one less thing to prepare on the day of a big feast. 

how to make raw orange cranberry sauce

The sauce keeps for a week, but you can make it last even longer if you feel like giving fermentation a try. To ferment, simply make the recipe, adding in 2 tb kombucha or ginger bug to culture the fermentation (follow the links for instructions on how to make them). Ferment at room temperature for 12 to 24 hours. You could certainly ferment longer, up to 3 days, if you want a more sour sauce. Since I prefer to make sure it stays sweet so it will be more of a crowd pleaser, I just fermented it all day on the counter.


orange slices

The cranberry sauce is perfectly delicious, whether fermented or not. Here's how I make it:
 
12 oz (2 c) fresh or thawed cranberries
1 whole organic orange, sliced, unpeeled, seeds removed
3/4 c white sugar 
2tb kombucha or soda starter, if fermenting

I use light sugar just because a darker sugar makes the sauce turn out brown, but it has a gorgeous red color with the light colored sugar.


how to make raw orange cranberry sauce

Add everything to the food processor and blend until no large chunks are left. Refrigerate right away, or ferment 12-24 hours at room temperature for a cultured cranberry sauce. Fermenting reduces the sugar content, makes food last a bit longer, and increases digestability. Either way, it's simply delicious.


raw orange cranberry sauce

Simple, fresh ingredients make for great tasting food.

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December 4, 2012 at 1:11 AM

that sounds good! how do you use it?

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December 4, 2012 at 7:43 AM

I use it as I would any cranberry sauce, along with the turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes. It adds color, freshness, and a wonderful flavor to the meal. It's also great on savory sandwiches, or used as a jam replacement.

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December 4, 2012 at 11:04 PM

this is how my family has made holiday cranberries for years....we also add some walnuts in :)

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December 5, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Wow, this sounds so unique but delicious! Thanks for inking up to Healthy 2day Wednesday. Do you think it would work with a sweetener like honey or maple syrup?

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December 5, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Yes, it would definitely work with honey, and maple syrup would probably be delicious as well!

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December 6, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Yum! I love cranberry sauce, and yours looks so much better than the canned version! Thanks for joining the party at One Creative Weekend! I hope you have a great weekend.

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December 7, 2012 at 7:52 AM

It IS so much better! Hope you like it too Heidi!

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December 8, 2012 at 10:21 AM

What a great and easy recipe! I've got fridge drawers filled with Band Fundraiser oranges and will make this.

Bookmarked!

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December 9, 2012 at 4:33 PM

This sounds SO good! The perfect combo of sweet and tart! Got it tweeted and pinned, thanks for linking up at Gluten Free Fridays.

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December 9, 2012 at 5:48 PM

I love cranberry sauce and would love to try this recipe with maple syrup! This would be a great post to share at our Meal Plan Monday link-up at www.modernalternativekitchen.com! Hope to see you there tomorrow!

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December 9, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Thanks Jill, I'll check it out!

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December 10, 2012 at 8:07 AM

This looks really good.
Thanks for sharing at the Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
Adorned From Above,
Debi.
The Busy Bee's,
Myrna and Joye.

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December 10, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Your raw cranberry orange sauce sounds delicious and healthy! Thanks for sharing your recipe with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

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December 17, 2012 at 5:32 AM

Mellow, this looks to be the perfect cranberry sauce recipe- I love the fact that it's raw, retaining all that antioxidant goodness!! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Seasonal Celebration! Be sure to pop by and this Wednesday to see if you have been featured. Rebecca x

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June 21, 2013 at 3:28 PM

That looks delicious, Mellow! I should not have looked at your posts before dinner!

Thanks for linking this up to The Creative HomeAcre blog hop. : )

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August 10, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Your recipe is wonderful, and thank you so much for sharing it with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are staying cool on this hot summers day, enjoy your weekend!
Miz Helen

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October 13, 2013 at 6:29 PM

I love homemade cranberry sauce! Thanks for sharing this great seasonal recipe on Tuesday Greens!

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November 28, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Nom! I will try this at Christmas!

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