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Granny’s Homemade Cranberry Sauce

This is the traditional turkey condiment that granny used to make from scratch using fresh cranberries, sugar, water and a dash of orange juice. | Share

Updated 11/22/2023

Growing up, Thanksgiving or Christmas always included the traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings. The stuffing, the mashed potatoes, squash, peas, carrots, gravy and that shiny red condiment, cranberry sauce.

Having turkey dinner with granny and her homemade cranberry sauce brings back fond memories. Granny shared this recipe with some of us. Cousin Jason being one, who always serves this traditional recipe with turkey dinner. So as a tribute to granny, we agreed to share it here.

“Granny” – Madeline Morris 1906-2007

Cranberry vs gravy

Cranberry sauce or turkey gravy. Both? One more than the other? When it comes to the serving sliced turkey meat, these two accompaniments are customary. While turkey gravy enhances the savory elements of the meal, cranberry sauce adds a burst of sweetness and acidity, creating a the perfect balance to the meal.

Turkey gravy

That gravy boat, with its rich caramel-brown gravy is perfect for moistening those slices of white turkey meat. The velvetty blend of turkey drippings and broth thickened with flour, goes great with mashed potatoes and other sides too.

Fresh whole cranberry sauce

The sauce made with fresh whole berries simmered in sugar and water is both sweet and tart. The dash of orange juice adds the ideal blend of fruit flavour. It works beautifully to balance the savory, rich qualities of the roast turkey and the sides.

Perfect for the palette

If you find fatty gravy difficult to digest, then cutback and replace it with cranberry sauce. Besides the nutritional benefits of cranberries, the sauce also works as a palette refresher.

cranberry sauce

Traditional Cranberry Sauce

Kevin Lamoureux
This is the traditional turkey condiment that grandma used to make.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Canadian
Servings 12
Calories 80 kcal


  • 4 cups (12 oz) fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup orange juice (1 fresh squeezed orange)


  • Rinse the cranberries and add to a medium saucepan
  • Add the water and sugar and bring to a boil
  • Lower the heat and simmer until all of the berries have burst (about 10 minutes)
  • Remove from heat, stir in the orange juice and allow to cool before serving


If you like yours a little more tart, then just reduce the sugar to ¾ cup.
Per serving
Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Iron: 0mg
Keyword cranberry, sauce, traditional

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