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Classic Cranberry Sauce

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2 pounds fresh cranberries
1 cup sugar
1 lemon, juiced and zested

Put the cranberries and the sugar in a saucepan and put on medium-high heat. Stir to coat cranberries equally with sugar.

Let cranberries cook 5-7 minutes, stirring occassionally so they don't stick. The cranberries and sugar will form their own juices, which will thicken during cooking.

During the last 3-5 minutes of cooking, stir in the lemon juice and lemon zest. This will brighten the flavor of the cranberries.

You may need to cook the cranberries slightly longer to thicken the juice- it just depends on how juicy your cranberries are. Just watch it and stir frequently so it doesn't burn.

You can serve it warm or at room temperature for a saucy version, or you can serve it chilled for a more jelled version.

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Cranberry Sauce from a can!? If you're going to the trouble of doing up a whole Thanksgiving dinner, you can certainly have FRESH cranberry sauce on your table- and it only takes 10 minutes!

Thanks, Amanda. I'll be making your recipe for Thanksgiving!

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