"No Thanksgiving is complete without cranberry sauce. This recipe is very customizable to your family's palate. In this version, I've used honey, orange juice, and crystallized ginger. But I have made it in the past with a sweet white wine and apples, which is also delicious. Using fresh cranberries, the sauce still gets a jelly-like consistency because when the cranberries pop open during cooking, they release pectin, which is a natural way to make jelly or jams. Once you try this recipe, you'll never go back."
Stir orange zest and juice, honey, crystallized ginger, cinnamon stick, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat; bring to a simmer. Stir cranberries into orange juice mixture, cover, and bring to a boil; let boil for 1 minute. Reduce heat to low. Simmer cranberry sauce until cranberries have popped, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and discard cinnamon stick. If a sweeter sauce is desired, stir in more honey. Serve warm or chilled.
If you're making ahead of time, you can either keep in the fridge or freeze. If you are going to freeze, place in a freezer-safe container, place plastic wrap on the sauce, then place the lid on to prevent freezer burn. This mixture will expand, so be sure to leave enough headroom (about 1/2 inch). You can freeze using the ice cube method, but be sure to remove from the ice cube trays when frozen and place in a labeled freezer bag with all the air squeezed out to prevent freezer burn. The cranberry sauce will remain slightly soft even when frozen. This is because of the pectin.
You can just take out and thaw on the counter until you are ready to serve, or in the refrigerator if you prefer it cold. If you want to serve it warm, place in a sauce pot, add 1/4 cup orange juice, and bring to a simmer. Stir together and serve warm.
Per Serving: 57 calories;0 g fat;
15.5 g carbohydrates;
0.2 g protein;
0 mg cholesterol;
50 mg sodium.