Thursday, January 3, 2013

Cranberry Sauce

Well, there is one thing in my fridge that we have been enjoying since 2012...  It is WF-No Crap Challenge approved and the perfect complement to a well seasoned meat, on toasts or in your morning oatmeal.  This was a hit with the hubby and son, they really enjoyed it with the pork tenderloin I made to celebrate NYE!
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It is so simple to make.  Initially the cranberries were for a tree garland, but we ended up forgetting about them and recently noticed them in the back of my fridge. I decided to play around with a few simple ingredients and came up with this jam!
Cranberry Jam
Ingredients:
1 16. oz bag of fresh cranberries
1/2 cup of organic agave nectar
1 cup of water
1 t. of vanilla extract
a pinch of salt 
2 cinnamon sticks

Directions:
Wash your cranberries well and set them aside.  Assemble the rest of your ingredients.  In a medium sauce pan add your water and bring to a boil on medium heat.  Add in your cranberries with the rest of the ingredients and continue to cook at medium heat for about 15 minutes stirring the mixture occasionally.  After 15 minutes cover your pan and lower the heat to medium.  Let it sit at low heat for another 15-20 minutes until the mixture thickens a little more.  After you get a thick consistency (should coat the back of your spoon) turn off the burner and let it cool for another 20 minutes.  Store your jam in a mason jar and place in the refrigerator. 

Below is a photo of our NYE dinner, the cranberry jam added the perfect amount of sweetness to my savory tenderloin!
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YUM!

6 comments:

  1. This sounds delish! Do you think I could substitute liquid stevia for the agave nectar? If som how much would you recommend! Thanks!!

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    1. Thanks Lynda! I am not sure that you'll get the jam texture with the liquid stevia. You can try it with 30-40 drops and add a couple of tbsp of ground flaxseeds to make it thicker in texture. I say give it a try and taste and adjust stevia amount as you go. Good Luck! Thanks for stopping by ;o)

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  2. Thanks for the input! :)

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    1. Lynda, if you end up making it, let me know how it turns out for you. ttys ;o)

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  3. I actually followed your precise directions. So yum! Thank you! I will be making this again.

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    1. I am so glad you like the recipe Lynda...Have a wonderful day...

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