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Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce | Large Family Sides, Dairy Free & Freezer Friendly, too!

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When you need a tasty side for Thanksgiving dinner, the Make-Ahead Cranberry Sauce that you can easily cook in the slow cooker is a go-to treat that will satisfy everyone in the household. Its sweet taste goes well with Turkey and all of the trimmings, including stuffing, mashed potatoes, and roasted vegetables. The best part is this Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce is ALSO freezer friendly! You can make it ahead and freeze for later – yay!

Cranberry sauce is one trimming that most people need to have on the table with their turkey during their Thanksgiving dinner. It adds a sweet touch to a traditionally savory meal that people often have together as a family. As you work on coming up with different sides to create for your large family this Thanksgiving, you should check out this Cranberry Sauce and give it a try. It’s especially great because you can make it ahead of time which saves your sanity and allows you more time with your family. Isn’t that what the holidays are all about?

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Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce | Large Family Sides, Dairy Free & Freezer Friendly, too!

Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

The recipe is easy, contains minimal ingredients, and leaves you with the most delicious cranberry sauce. Instead of eating cranberry sauce from a can, you can enjoy the taste of this Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce that contains only the finest and freshest ingredients. When using fresh ingredients to make the sauce, you can taste the difference, and you will fall in love with it!

This Cranberry sauce is the perfect Thanksgiving side. Try making it with our low carb Thanksgiving Stuffing, sweet potato biscuits, or our Slow Cooker Turkey Breast.

Ingredients to Use to Prepare Cranberry Sauce

If you plan on making the Make-Ahead Cranberry Sauce, you should have the following ingredients ready to use:

  • Fresh Cranberries. Fresh cranberries are a must for this recipe. They make the sauce taste fresh and full of flavor.
  • Brown Sugar. Use brown sugar for a touch of sweetness that brings out the natural cranberry taste even more.
  • White Sugar. Much like the brown sugar, using white sugar is important to enhance the sauce.
  • Orange Juice. Orange juice is an important component in this Make-Ahead Cranberry Sauce, giving it a slightly acidic touch.
  • Ground Cinnamon. Use some cinnamon to create a flavor that is reminiscent of the holiday season. Cinnamon mixes perfectly with the taste of fresh cranberries.

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Using these and a few other ingredients is the best way to quickly and easily prepare the Make-Ahead Cranberry Sauce.

Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce | Large Family Sides, Dairy Free & Freezer Friendly, too!

How to Store the Make-Ahead Cranberry Sauce for Later in the Freezer

Because you can prepare the Make-Ahead Cranberry Sauce in advance, you need to know how to store it properly. The best way to store the sauce is to add it to an airtight container or freezer bag and put it in the freezer. You can keep the sauce frozen for up to six months before thawing it out and using it. 

When you do plan on using it, you should pull it out of the freezer the night before to give it some extra time to defrost. If you are not freezing it, put the Make-Ahead Cranberry Sauce in the refrigerator where you can keep it fresh for up to five days.

What to Do With Your Make-Ahead Cranberry Sauce

While serving the Make-Ahead Cranberry Sauce on the side at Thanksgiving dinner is a given, you can do even more with this sauce than you can imagine. You can prepare sandwiches with leftovers that would consist of a roll with turkey slices, stuffing, and cranberry sauce on top. You can use it as a glaze for ham and even put it on toasted bread.

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Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce that you can FREEZE, too!

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Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce | Large Family Sides

  • Author: Jamerrill Stewart
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 14 Servings
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot/ Slow Cooker

Description

When you need a tasty side for Thanksgiving dinner, the Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce is a go-to treat that will satisfy everyone in the household. Its sweet taste goes well with Turkey and all of the trimmings, including stuffing, mashed potatoes, and roasted vegetables. This Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce is also freezer friendly! This means you can make it ahead in the slow cooker and store it in the freezer for later. 

 


Ingredients

  • 2 (12 ounce) packages fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ½  teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest

 


Instructions

  1. In the slow cooker, whisk together the sugar, the orange juice, cinnamon, and water.

  2. Add the cranberries and stir to combine.

  3. Sprinkle the orange zest on top.

  4. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours.

 

To make ahead and freeze:

  1. Prepare as directed and cool completely.

  2. Place in an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to 6 months.

  3. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. 

  4. Reheat, if desired, in the microwave or on the stovetop.

 

Keywords: Make-Ahead Cranberry Sauce

This cranberry sauce is so good! It’s the perfect make-ahead dish this holiday season and freeze for later if you’d like. Try it for yourself and let me know how delicious it was!

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