Don’t Get Your Cranberry Sauce Out Of A Can (Homemade Cranberry Sauce Is Way Better!)

Two reasons not to get your cranberry sauce out of a can:

  1. It might contain Bisphenol A (Other wise known as BPA), which is a known carcinogen that has been proven to cause birth defects, cancers, and neurological disorders. This substance isn’t banned in the United States but is in Canada. We must speak up by voting with our dollars. We should only support companies that eliminate BPA from their can production so government supported BIG FOOD companies will realize we won’t stand for this toxic junk! 
  2. It will most definitely contain too much sugar and probably the worst kind of sugar that is man made, genetically modified and toxic to your body. The majority of canned cranberry products contain GMO sugar beets, GMO high fructose corn syrup, GMO corn syrup, etc. Just check out the label for Ocean Spray Jellied or Sauce (it’s the same for both).

Cranberry Sauce

Ok enough said … here’s a recipe for homemade version that can be made in a matter of minutes. Hope you enjoy this flavorful & delicious cranberry sauce, your health will thank you for it!

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Food Babe's Cranberry Sauce
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Serves: 20
  • 21 ounces or 3 cartons of cranberries cleaned and drained
  • 1 and ½ cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 and ½ tsp orange zest
  • 1 and ½ tsp fresh ginger
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¾ cup honey or coconut palm sugar
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple diced small
  1. Bring orange juice, orange zest, ginger, and cinnamon to a boil in a large bot
  2. Add cranberries to mixture, reduce heat and cook 10 mins
  3. Add pineapple and honey, mix to combine and remove from heat
  4. Serve immediately or allow to cool before storing for later use
Makes approximately 20 servings – Perfect for Thanksgiving and can be made a week in advance if stored in an airtight container. ***Please buy all organic ingredients if possible***


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So what am I going to put cranberry sauce on this Thanksgiving?  Organic Turkey, of course. More on how to choose the best turkey here.

If you know someone who still buys the can cranberry stuff or supporting Ocean Spray, please share this post with them, I know they will love this recipe.

Food Babe

P.S. This is a great recipe to make in advance, so you are not rushing around on turkey day. 



88 Responses to “Don’t Get Your Cranberry Sauce Out Of A Can (Homemade Cranberry Sauce Is Way Better!)”

  1. SuperMom101

    Will be giving this recipe a try this Thanksgiving!

    p.s. Want to give thanks to Food Babe for keeping GMO crops out of our kitchen and off our plates.

    Best health always,

  2. Bev Collins

    I will be making this as well…can’t wait. Thank you for all you do!

  3. Lindsay D.

    Ok i’m making this tonight but don’t have pineapples, any other substitutes? Also, i’m using my essential oils, Orange, Ginger and Cinnamon, can’t wait to try this. Thanks!!!

  4. Anita D

    I just made this last night in preparation for Thursday and it is AMAZING. Hands down the best cranberry sauce I’ve ever had. Thank you for sharing it and Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Monique

    So I just made this but it doesn’t look anything like your picture… the cranberries are all still whole.. kinda like a cranberry soup.. should i put it in a blender?? I suck at cooking!!!!!

  6. Holly

    Vani – Have you ever tried to can or freeze your cranberry sauce? I bought way, way too many cranberries and was wondering if I could make the extra sauce into homemade gifts for Christmas. Thanks for the recipe! It’s absolutely delicious!!

  7. Alysia

    Attempting this recipe tonight but I’ve never used fresh ginger! What do I do with it? Grate it or mince it or what? Help!

    • Laura (to Alysia)

      I grated it.

    • Annie (to Alysia)

      Yep, just grate it straight into the pot. I used more of both ginger and orange zest. We going to use this on oatmeal, as well

  8. Annie

    This recipe is phenomenal! I will never serve cranberry sauce from a can ever again. I added a shot of Disoronno in place of some of the sugar and oh my gosh! Heaven.

  9. annie

    I used coconut palm sugar and it turned it brown! Afraid no one is going to want to try this at thanksgiving dinner!

  10. Ann

    Just made this for Thanksgiving, halved the recipe. KID APPROVED!!! I’m so happy the kids like this- thank you:):):)
    btw- tried to make it 5 star but it wouldn’t let me – it’s not a 4 star, it’s 5

  11. terisa

    Way too much ginger for my taste. Adding another bag of cranberries to tune it down.

  12. Cindy

    I made this cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving and it was fantastic. I will make it again.

  13. Kristen

    I made this for Thanksgiving and it turned out pretty good! Definitely WAY better than out of the can. However, it was a little bitter and tart in my opinion, maybe too much ginger, so I added about a quarter cup of sugar. Then it was delicious. Even my husband who was totally convinced that he hated cranberry sauce liked it! Very fresh and flavorful, will be making again next year!

  14. Steve Wilcox

    Vani, can you take on the canned foods industry and get the BPA out of our canned foods? I am hoping that you are as successful as you have been with the BHT issue.


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