Thanksgiving Prep: Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

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I am NOT hosting Thanksgiving this year…YAY!!!

But I did last year, and with a 1-year-old who still wasn’t letting me sleep very much, I was on a mission to prep as much as I could ahead of time. Cranberry sauce was the first thing on my list because 1) it’s ridiculously easy to make and 2) it can be frozen until Thanksgiving. (Actually, I doubled the recipe and froze the other half for Christmas. Hence, my fancy Christmas platter in the picture!)

I love that you can do this one in the Crock Pot because it’s a fix-it-and-forget it dish that also makes your house smell amazing. This homemade version is so much better than storebought, and couldn’t be simpler to make. Perfectly sweet and tart, you can jazz it up with spices your family likes (cinnamon, cardamom) but we prefer it just like this!

Thanksgiving Prep: Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

Thanksgiving Prep: Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce


12 ounces fresh cranberries

2 medium oranges

1 medium apple

3/4 cup pure maple syrup


Place cranberries in your slow cooker. Squeeze the juice of one orange on top of the cranberries

Remove the peel from the second orange and chop into bite-sized pieces. Add to the slow cooker.

Chop the apple into bite-sized pieces. (You can peel it first if you want, but I don't bother.) Add to slow cooker.

Add the maple syrup to the fruit and stir. Turn on the slow cooker to “Low” and cook until the fruit is very tender. For me, this takes about 2 hours, but your slow cooker might take more or less time.

Use a hand blender to process the sauce to your desired consistency. (I like mine chunky, but some people want velvety smooth.) If you don't have a hand blender you can get in there with a large spoon or potato masher. Once it's how you want it, turn the heat to high, and cook uncovered for an additional 15 minutes to thicken the sauce.

Let cool and store in the fridge up to 5 days, or freezer up to 4 months.

Makes about 2 1/2 cups.

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