Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Chunky Paleo Cranberry Sauce

My 15 year old daughter loves pretty much anything that's sour or tart.  So when it comes to tart cranberry sauce she is in love, and the more there is of it the better.  She will sit down with a bowl of cranberry sauce and a spoon and just eat it plain by the spoonful, she loves her cranberry sauce.  Funny thing is she never really liked it back when we used the stuff out of a can and honestly I can understand why, homemade is so much better!  This one is a collaboration of what we both enjoy in a Cranberry sauce and we hope you'll enjoy it for your holiday meals to, or actually any time of the year like we do!  When fresh cranberries are in season I buy them up and freeze them for later so we can enjoy our cranberry sauce.  I find that each recipe cooks down to about 1/2 the amount you started with, and I'm including two versions or portion sizes.  Obviously we love our cranberry sauce so we make a lot but I realize not everyone loves it like we do and not everyone has a large family like we do.  

Happy Thanksgiving!

Chunky Paleo Cranberry Sauce
(makes approximately 4 cups)

8 cups of fresh Cranberries
1 TBSP fresh grated orange zest
1 1/2 cups of fresh squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup + 2 TBSP thawed, frozen apples juice concentrate (no water added, just the concentrate) more if you like it sweeter
1 tsp. cinnamon (or to taste)

Combine everything in a large saucepan, bring to a boil over medium heat high heat and then reduce to simmer.  Stir occasionally, until desired texture and consistency.  I just let mine simmer while I'm doing other things in the kitchen so I do mine real low and slow and let it go 45 minutes to 1 hour. But if you were in a hurry I'm sure you could speed that process up.  I just like not really having to think about it, and letting it do it's thing and only stirring on occasion. That's it, remove from the heat, let it cool, store in a glass airtight container for later in the refrigerator and then serve when you're ready to eat it (although my daughter likes it hot, or warm too).

For Smaller Servings:
(about 2 cups )

4 cups fresh Cranberries
1/2 TBSP orange zest
3/4-1 cup Orange juice
1/4 cup Frozen Apple juice concentrate (no water added and for a sweeter sauce just add more)
1/2 tsp Saigon cinnamon (or more to taste)

Follow the above directions.

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