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cranberry sauce

As a kid, my favorite part of Thanksgiving was the cranberry sauce. I was morbidly afraid of the stuffing (I mean really, what was in there?!) and stuck to a safe plate strategy that tended to be very biscuit-heavy. But the cranberry sauce was what I looked forward to most. Thanksgiving is the only time we eat it, and I was enamored with everything about it: the color, the taste, the sugar content and perhaps best of all, the way my mom could get it to slide out of the can and onto a plate in one glorious can-shaped piece of jelly heaven. I was mesmerized. (And, by this logic, you’d think I also liked Spam, but let’s not get crazy). We were a jellied cranberry sauce house, and my allegiance was firmly in that camp, so you can imagine my surprise when we ate at a neighbor’s one year and they served a whole berry sauce. You’d have sworn someone put a plate of prickly brambles in front of me to eat. I was horrified. Since then I’ve come to embrace both varieties, but when I have a choice, still relish the dichotomy of sliding a slick knife through a can-shaped piece of awesome and serving it on our best china. Serious Eats put the store-bought brands to the taste test and crowned a winner in both camps, but let’s get to the heart of it: When it comes to cranberry sauce, which team are you on? Jellied? Or whole berry? – Sarah C.

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Cathy

Jellied! And I use the ridges from the can as a slicing guide. It makes sandwiches so much easier to build.
But honestly, we are a dual cranberry household. My husband is horrified by jellied cranberry sauce, and so makes a homemade cranberry relish thing.

Jellied, definitely (and I adore the stuff from a can, although one of thees years I’m going to make my own). I can’t stand the whole-berry stuff, especially since people tend to put all kinds of other nasty things in with it.

Mary H.

Honestly, I like them both. The jellied kind is delicious and reminds of my childhood. But a few years ago I starting making my own with fresh cranberries and ginger…so good! So for me, Thanksgiving dinner with both is the way to go!

Sarah L.

Whole berry with seasonal spices. Jellied just ruins the tartness of cranberries for me.

I like homemade cranberry sauce, but I LOVE Ocean Spray jellied cranberry sauce. My grandma and I were the only two in our family who’d eat it, so she always put out a plate of the stuff just for us, and it was our little thing. Grandma passed away a couple years ago, but I still make sure we have jellied cranberry sauce on the Thanksgiving table–even if I’m the only one who’ll touch it!

sarahc

Aww Caroline – what a great story! We use Ocean Spreay too! I love it so much – even just seeing the can makes me feel nostalgic – haha. I love the holidays!!

Jen

Neither! I hate cranberry sauce. I’m probably the only person. :) I don’t like sweet and savory foods together, but I LOVE Thanksgiving food. So I don’t ruin it with putting cranberry sauce on the plate. I won’t even eat my fruit salad off the same plate, I have to put it in it’s own little bowl.

I lovingly heat fresh berries in sugar, lemon and orange juuce and rind with a stick of cinnamon letting it get thick and muddled and then I open a can of Crandberry Sauce Jelly for the relatives…sigh…

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[…] 2) You have opinions when it comes to choosing cranberry sauce varieties. But, if you’re lucky, you don’t have to choose. Mary H. says: “Honestly, I like them both. The jellied kind is delicious and reminds of my childhood. But a few years ago I starting making my own with fresh cranberries and ginger…so good! So for me, Thanksgiving dinner with both is the way to go!” Do you prefer jellied? Or whole berry? […]