Homemade Cranberry Orange Sauce

Make a homemade cranberry sauce with orange zest and skip the can this year. You won’t believe how much better it tastes, or how easy it is to make.

Homemade Orange Cranberry Sauce


I mention Produce for Kids on this site quite often because I work for them a lot. But you might not really know who they are or what I do with them. I thought I’d share a delicious fresh produce-packed recipe today and tell you more about them. The produce-packed recipe is for a homemade cranberry sauce that uses fresh cranberries, mandarin oranges and fresh ginger root. It’s super-easy to make and is so much better than canned.

To make it, mix together the ingredients in a saucepan. Heat it up to a simmer over high and then cook it over medium-low until the berries have popped and broken down a bit, around 15 minutes. That’s it. Let it cool, refrigerate and then serve it with your turkey. Wait, cranberry sauce isn’t just for turkey! You can do all kinds of things with it. Here’s my list of 12 things to make with cranberry sauce.

Now a bit about Produce for Kids. They’re a company that is all about helping kids. They do it in a few different ways. First they’re a family resource for healthy eating. Their website and campaigns are packed with healthy recipes and tips. Second, they work with over 35 different produce companies to encourage families to eat more fruits and vegetables. Third, they raise money for children’s non-profit organizations through in-store and digital campaigns, over $5.5 million nationwide since 2002. Amazing, right?

How am I involved with them? A few years ago, I met some of their team at a blogging conference. We got along really well. Somehow, I’m not even sure how, we got in touch after and they asked if I could develop recipes and do photography for them. I said a very, very, very enthusiastic yes and have been working with them on their recipe campaigns ever since.

There are many things that I love about the brilliantly talented Produce for Kids women. The thing I love most is watching them work and seeing campaigns come to life. I witnessed this first hand when I went to Atlanta with them for the Produce Marketing Association’s annual Fresh Summit conference. I learned so much about their social media ideas, the thinking behind their campaigns and the ways that they’re trying to reach more and more families and help more and more kids.

I also saw how important it is for them to attend conferences like that one. Not only did they spend time talking to their current produce partners, they also were there to forge relationships with new up and upcoming healthy family-friendly items (check out some of the new things they spotted at the show here).

Produce for kids is such a creative and inspiring team and they do such important work. I’m honored to work with them and to help with the healthy-eating cause.

And now, a recipe that I know Produce for Kids would adore, Homemade Cranberry Orange Sauce.

Cranberry Sauce with Orange




Homemade Cranberry Orange Sauce

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 2 and 1/4 cups


Fresh cranberry sauce is so simple to make. Just leave fresh cranberries and orange zest on the stove for about 15 minutes, and there you go. Look who’s winning at Thanksgiving.


  • 2 mandarin oranges
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 12-oz. bag fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly grated ginger (or 1/4 tsp. ground ginger)


  1. Zest one orange and set zest aside for a minute. Juice both oranges, it should give you about 1/4 cup of juice. In a pot over medium heat, mix sugar and juice. Add cranberries, ginger and the orange zest.
  2. Bring mixture to a simmer over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir occasionally. Cook until berries pop and are mushed into the mixture, about 15 minutes.
  3. Stir, let cool to room temperature. Chill before serving.
Disclosure: Produce for Kids covered the cost of my PMA conference ticket. In exchange I agreed to write this blog post about how they work with the industry. All opinions are my own. I really truly adore them and the great work they do.
Homemade Cranberry Orange Sauce

3 responses to “Homemade Cranberry Orange Sauce”

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