Grandma’s Cranberry Sauce

There are a few dishes essential to a classic Thanksgiving feastThe turkey may be the main focus, but the cranberry sauce is the piece de resistance. 

This Thanksgiving is the first I am not spending with my Grandmother, Barbara, who is currently in Florida. She, along with my Grandpa Joe, will be missed at the table this Thanksgiving. However, I will be giving thanks to the fact that I was given Grandma’s recipe for her legendary cranberry sauce. It has always been one of the best parts of the meal for me, and I was surprised to see that it is so easy to make! So here is my Grandma’s secret to the Thanksgiving cranberry sauce:

Grandma’s Cranberry Sauce:

  • Two 12 oz. bags of Cranberries
  • 3 medium-sized naval oranges
  • a tad more than 1/3 cup of sugar

Give the cranberries a rinse, and then give them a grind in the blender.

Peel the oranges and give them a grind in the blender.

Mix the oranges, cranberries, and sugar in a bowl. The sauce will be even better if you let it sit overnight before eating it!

Grandma also included this little message with the recipe:

In the old days before Cuisinarts, it took several hours to make this with a Foley Food Mill, a hand-cranked machine I attached to the kitchen table.  Cranberry and orange juice dripped all over the floor, so I covered the floor with newspaper.  Hooray for the Cuisinart!   Happy Thanksgiving!

In addition to being a cranberry-specialist, my grandma is also a very talented painter and author. You can find her website at

13 responses on “Grandma’s Cranberry Sauce

  1. I loved hearing about your Grandmother’s special recipe. Your great pictures and your good writing make it very clear. Thanks also for your Grandmother’s website. I’m a fan of hers, too.

  2. The recipe for your grandma’s cranberry sauce sounds great, AND
    easy. The latter is always a nice gift on busy days like Thanksgiving.
    We’re lucky to have her and your grandpa Joe as neighbors, so we can see why she will be missed at your holiday table this year. Happy
    Thanksgiving to each of you.
    Ken and Shonnie Johnson


    • I remember the Foley Food Mill like it was yesterday. Ben — I bet your Mom does too. I think your Grandmom also ground up meat in it — making mincemeat maybe? Glad it was replaced by the Cuisinart and glad that you are not posting a recipe for mincemeat. Nasty.

      • I just had to look up the Foley Food Mill because I didn’t even know what it was! This is the 21st century, I sure hope Grandma isn’t still using it. Haha! Mincemeat? Doesn’t sound too appetizing.. Let’s stick with filet mignons.

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