Classic Cranberry Sauce

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Did you know that frozen cranberries make just as good Classic Cranberry Sauce as fresh cranberries off the vine? Well, they do- and it’s so much easier. You don’t even have to defrost the berries! I admit I grew up eating jellied cranberry sauce from the can- and I loved it! That being said, homemade cranberry sauce is so much better. I even like it on hot dogs!

Spoiler alert: You can even make this classic cranberry sauce with canned whole cranberry sauce. Add crushed pineapple and apples and you’re done.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Note: Try my Cranberry Pomegranate Orange Sauce for a more complex cranberry sauce.

Classic Cranberry Sauce

By Gloria Kobrin Published: October 25, 2020

  • Yield:

  • 4 1/2 cups (8 Servings)


  • 32 ounces frozen cranberries
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 14 ounces canned crushed pineapple drained
  • 2 medium apples peeled,cored and chopped


  • 3 quart saucepan
  • wooden spoon


  1. Open the bags of frozen cranberries and pour them into the saucepan. Add sugar and water. Bring to a boil and stir until you begin to hear the berries pop. This can take about 15 minutes. Let mixture cool. Add drained pineapple and chopped apples. Place in fridge and chill about 2 hours or overnight..