Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce Recipes (2024)

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I think traditional foods are always going to be important for a holiday meal, so today I want to give a shout-out for Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce Recipes. Making cranberry sauce in the slow cooker is so easy and it makes the house smell so good!

And it’s the perfect way to control the amount of sugar, or use your preferred sweetener and make a lower-sugar cranberry sauce if you prefer. And don’t you agree that these slow cooker cranberry sauce recipes all look delicious!

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First up, the gorgeous Crockpot Apple and Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Ginger from Cookin’ Canuck shown above. This sauce cooks for eight hours in the slow cooker, so you might want to cook it overnight and then warm it up in the slow cooker on Thanksgiving day.

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Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce from The Magical Slow Cooker is a “set it and forget it” recipe and Sarah says she makes it the night before.

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A slightly different sauce that also features orange and ginger flavors is the Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce from The Lemon Bowl. For this recipe whole cranberries cook in the slow cooker with water, orange juice, sugar, orange zest, and grated ginger.

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The Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce from Emily Bites includes Weight Watchers information for anyone who wants it.

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At Kitchen Parade you’ll find a recipe for Slow Cooker Whole Cranberry Sauce that was sent by a reader, and Alanna confirms it’s a winner!

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Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce from Wonky Wonderful sounds tasty, and Nicole says this is one of the easiest Thanksgiving Recipes you can make!

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The Gracious Pantry has Crock Pot Cranberry Sauce that looks delicious!

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For anyone who wants cranberry sauce without added sugar, this Sugar-Free Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce from The Perfect Pantry has whole cranberries cooked in no-sugar added apple juice or apple cider, and is sweetened with Splenda or another sweetener of your choice.

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  1. Kalyn says

    Traci, that sounds so good!


  2. Traci Wennerholm says

    Thank you so much for including our cranberry sauce. We are going to keep ours to make sandwiches with the day after Thanksgiving. So excited for Thanksgiving this year!


  3. Kalyn says

    Lydia, such a great idea!


  4. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says

    Thanks so much for including my sugar-free recipe. Cranberry sauce is a must on our Thanksgiving table.


  5. Kalyn says

    Jeanette, I agree that this is a great idea to free up the stove! And I love the idea of having warm cranberry sauce.


  6. Jeanette says

    What a neat idea – making cranberry sauce in a crockpot – I love my crockpot during holiday season. It's like having an extra stovetop.


  7. Kalyn says

    Dara, my pleasure. Your sauce looks amazing!


  8. Cookin' Canuck says

    A Thanksgiving feast is never complete without a really good cranberry sauce. Thanks so much for including mine, Kalyn!


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What takes the bitterness out of cranberry sauce? ›

"Instead, start by stirring in one tablespoon maple syrup and one teaspoon of a sweet drink like apple juice, orange juice, or fruity white or red wine. Add more to taste. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt (in small amounts, it intensifies sweetness)."

How to jazz up cranberry sauce? ›

Adding a teaspoon or two of fresh lemon or orange zest, a tablespoon of chopped candied peel, or even a splash of juice to your canned sauce will brighten flavors and bring in some homemade flavor.

How many people does 1 can of cranberry sauce feed? ›

One 12-ounce bag of cranberries makes about 2 1/4 cups of basic cranberry sauce—in my house, that's enough for about five people. Going the canned route? You'll need at least one can for six people.

Does canned cranberry sauce need to be cooked? ›

It's perfectly fine to serve up cranberry sauce — whole berry or jelled — straight out of the can. But in my experience, heating the canned sauce up takes its flavor to the next level. Plus, it becomes a little more aesthetically pleasing.

What thickens cranberry sauce? ›

Jelling. Homemade cranberry sauce is meant to thicken, or “jell,” while cooking. If it stays soupy, that could mean a couple of things. One possibility is that you may not have used enough sugar: Sugar helps the sauce firm up, so be sure to use the full amount called for in a recipe.

How do you tame tartness in cranberry sauce? ›

Add A Splash Of Vinegar

While citrus is a natural pairing for cranberry sauce, bright, savory vinegars like sherry vinegar, balsamic vinegar, and apple cider vinegar play well with the bitter-tart berries. Start with a little, then add more gradually.

Is canned jellied cranberry sauce good for you? ›

Health Benefits

Cranberries are also rich in vitamin C and fiber, as well as the metabolism-boosting mineral manganese. And yes, you reap all these benefits whether the cranberry sauce on your holiday table is homemade or canned, jellied or whole-berry.

Why is my homemade cranberry sauce runny? ›

Though they won't tolerate runny sauce, so it's time to fix that. The simplest reason that your cranberry sauce is too runny is that it has too much liquid in it. Usually, this is just water, but some people use orange juice or other flavored fluids. No matter what you're using, the answer is to cook it longer.

Is canned cranberry sauce better than homemade? ›

Slight edge to homemade. Ocean Spray's sauce is sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, whereas homemade uses cane sugar. I spent an hour making the homemade cranberry sauce. Prep for the store-bought one, for those unfamiliar, goes: open can, pour onto serving plate, eat.

Why is cranberry sauce so expensive? ›

But that's not the case for prepared cranberry sauces, where prices are up. Lochner pointed out that processors set those prices, not growers, and that there are higher input costs unrelated to berries — like “processing the fruit and getting it to market.” Ocean Spray isn't immune either.

Should cranberry sauce be served warm or cold? ›

Typically served chilled, our recipe can be made up to 3 days ahead.

Will birds eat cranberry sauce? ›

Things to Remember When Feeding Cranberries to Birds

Give birds unsweetened cranberries. Sugar is bad for birds. Don't give birds cranberry sauce. It often has lots of sugar.

What happens if you overcook cranberry sauce? ›

If your cranberry sauce is too thick, it's most likely overcooked. When you cook cranberries (or any berries), they burst, releasing pectin—a natural thickener. The key to a perfect consistency is to allow some but not all of the cranberries to split open—something you'll achieve with less time on the stove.

What do you eat with cranberry sauce? ›

Similar to a low-sugar jam or preserves, cranberry sauce is intensely flavored and delicious with meats, especially pork or pot roast. It also fares well with cheese, in desserts, and in quick breads.

How long is jellied cranberry sauce good for after expiration date? ›

As long as an unopened can of cranberry sauce is stored in a consistently cool pantry, it'll keep and taste good for at least a year beyond the date stamped on the can. (That date is the manufacturer's estimate of how long the cranberry sauce will remain at peak quality and is not a safety-related expiration date.)

How do you get the bitter taste out of cranberry juice? ›

I have found that half cranberry juice and half orange juice tastes good. The orange juice cancels out most of the bitterness, and the citrus of the orange juice goes very well with the sour of the cranberry juice.

How do you take the bitterness out of cranberry juice? ›

Is there any way to make cranberry juice taste less bitter? Try adding some lemon to it. Sounds crazy but it works!

How do you sweeten bitter cranberry juice? ›

Add agave nectar to the cranberry citrus mixture to your taste. I started with 1/2 cup and ended up with 1 cup of nectar to the 9 cups of juice. You could also use 1/2 cup of white sugar or 1/2 cup of honey for this. Just taste test as you go to achieve your desired sweetness.

Why are my cranberry bitter? ›

Cranberries are generally considered safe whether they are cooked or raw. However, because of their notoriously bitter, sharp taste, most people prefer not to eat them raw or unsweetened. This bitterness is due to the high tannin content of cranberries.


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