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How to Make Cranberry Sauce



2/3 cup water
2 cups fresh cranberries (or 8 ounces frozen cranberries)
7-1/4 teaspoons Equal for Recipes or 24 packets of zero-calorie, artificial sweetener


Combine water and cranberries in medium saucepan. Bring just to boiling and reduce heat. Boil gently, uncovered, over medium heat for eight minutes, stirring occasionally. (Skins will pop.)

Remove from heat; mash slightly. Stir in the artificial sweetener. Cover and chill. Serve chilled with beef, pork, ham or poultry. This recipe makes 1-1/2 cups of sauce.

This recipe is courtesy of Roniece Weaver and Fabiola Demps Gaines, registered dieticians and authors of "Month of Meals: Quick and Easy Menus for People with Diabetes."

Here's how we remixed this recipe, including the nutrition information and shop smarter tips!

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Here’s how this cranberry sauce was remixed:

  • Frozen fruit is a cheaper and just-as-healthy alternative to fresh fruit. It works well in this recipe.
  • If you prefer to use a different sweetening option, try apple or cranberry juice instead of water and/or a bit of stevia instead of Equal. Stevia is an herb that tastes like sugar but has zero calories. In fact, it’s 300 times the sweetness of white, table sugar. Taste-test the recipe until it has the right amount of sweetness, if you use this sweetening option.
  • Cranberries are high in vitamin C and are a source of antioxidants. Research shows that they contain phytochemicals that may benefit your cardiovascular system and immune system.

Traditional cranberry sauces can run about 100 calories and 26 carbohydrates for a ¼ cup. This recipe cuts calories and sugar but doesn't skimp on taste for a 2-tablespoon serving:

Calories: 17
Fat: 0 grams
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 0 mg
Carbohydrates: 4 grams
Protein: 0 grams

Here are some insider tips you need to know:

  • Cranberries are harvested in September and October, but their peak-selling season is between Halloween and Christmas for obvious reasons.
  • Fresh cranberries can be frozen at home, and will keep up to nine months.
  • Jellied cranberry sauce is full of sugar and costs about $1.99 per 14-ounce can, so learn how to make your own sauce using fresh or frozen fruit.
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