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My Homemade Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce Recipe!

My Cranberry Sauce Recipe
I began making my cranberry sauce from scratch about three years ago. I decided to make a sauce that tastes better than the one from a can. I won’t say this is cheaper, but I can buy a bag for $1.50 on sale. This recipe makes more than enough to feed my entire family including second helpings!

Making your own cranberry sauce is so easy. Anyone can make this and make your family think you slaved all day over it. I like to make it a day or two ahead of time and keep it in the fridge to chill. I take it out a couple of hours before serving so it’s not too cold. My husband who refused to eat cranberry sauce loves this cranberry sauce recipe! He always thought he hated cranberry sauce, but it turns out he just dislikes the canned stuff!

What you will need:
1 bag of Cranberries like Oceanspray
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tsp Cinnamon

Cranberry Sauce Recipe Directions:
I open the bag and pour into a colander. Rinse them really well and pick out the bad ones.

I put them into a heavy saucepan like my Magnalite. I add about 1/4 cup orange juice and a 1 tsp of cinnamon.

Then I allow it cook over a medium heat for about 15 minutes. Yes the cranberries will pop but it’s fine.

I keep stirring it and mashing it a bit while it’s cooking. Then remove from heat when it’s thick and cooked down.

I allow it to cool off and pour into a bowl. If you have a fun mold you could pour it into a ring mold to make it even more festive!

I don’t have one so I just pour it into a Tupperware bowl that won’t stain. Then I put it in the fridge to chill overnight.

That’s it! Super easy and fast and extremely tasty!

McCormick Gravy Mix is My Family Holiday Tradition & Giveaway!

I grew up watching my Mom cook using McCormick spices, seasonings, and gravy mixes. I have very fond memories of helping her cook our Thanksgiving dinner each year. We would wake up early to start prepping the turkey which took a better part of the day. I always knew that our dinner was almost ready when I saw her making the delicious gravy.

As an adult, I was so worried that I wouldn’t be able to replicate her delicious gravy. It was always so perfect in color and never had any lumps. She assured me as long as I was using McCormick Turkey Gravy mix then the gravy would be perfect! She was right.

How she got the gravy so perfect was that she learned to add her own flair. She would take the drippings from the turkey and added in the mix along with some spices and a bit of water. Now I cook the big Thanksgiving Dinner each year, and I still continue to use her recipe. I never have to worry about lumpy gravy. I get lots of compliments on my gravy from my husband’s family.

What I really like about McCormick Gravy mix is that it doesn’t contain any artificial flavors or colors, no MSG, and has 0 grams of fat! It only contains natural spices and seasonings which helps it to taste so savory. You can visit the McCormick Website to learn more ways to add your own flair to their gravy mix. You could add sage, poultry seasoning, or even thyme to further enhance the flavors. You will also find lots of great recipes and tips to help you make your Thanksgiving meal even more spectacular!

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Disclaimer: I am part of the Mom It Forward blogger network. Mom It Forward and McCormick partnered in support of this campaign. McCormick compensated me for participation in this campaign. However all thoughts and opinions are 100% mine. Thrifty Momma Ramblings is not responsible for prize fulfillment and will come from McCormick!