Unless you really crave those accordion-like ridges or consider Thanksgiving a failure without hearing that classic shplopping noise, you have no excuse for resorting to canned cranberry sauce.
Homemade cranberry sauce is wildly better than anything you can buy and it takes little time or effort to make. Plus, it's easy to take a basic cranberry sauce and doctor it up in so many delicious ways.
To help you along on your journey from can to greatness, we offer a base recipe for a delicious brown sugar and orange cranberry sauce, plus five ways of taking the flavor in crazy delicious directions. Don't want to use our base recipe? Don't. Use what's written on the bag of fresh cranberries, then use our flavorings.