Instant Pot Homemade Cranberry Sauce

What’s Thanksgiving without cranberry sauce?  Like most people, I always buy the Ocean Spray whole cranberries or the sauce.  Growing up we always had the cranberry sauce in the can. You had to open both ends so it would come out of the can. And the line marks left by the inside of the can was where grandma would also slice it.

Later in life, I preferred the whole cranberries. I’m about the only one in my immediate family who actually eats it.  I always buy a bag of cranberries thinking I will make my own, but isn’t it easier to open a can? Well, it was until I bought my Instant Pot!  Seriously, one minute to cook on pressure and a 7 minute Natural Pressure Release!

12 oz bag of fresh cranberries -reserve 2 oz
2 1/2 T of grated orange rind
2 T of pure maple syrup (optional)
1/4 cup of orange juice
1/2 cup of sugar

This is what I did...

Wash your berries and pick out any bad ones!  Reserve 2 oz from the 12 ounce bag. Place the berries in the inner pot of your Instant Pot.

Add 1/4 cup of Orange Juice.

Add 2 1/2 T of orange rind.  I love my microplane, makes grating anything so easy!

Add 2 T of pure maple syrup (this is optional)

Put your lid on and seal the pressure valve.  Turn on Manual for 1 minute!!  Then let it do a Natural Pressure Release for 7 minutes. A Natural Pressure Release (NPR) is when you don’t do anything, but wait for 7 minutes. The timer will indicate how long it has been doing the NPR.

After 7 minutes, turn off the IP,  release any pressure that is left.  When the pin drops, open the lid.

Add 1/2 cup of sugar and turn the Instant Pot on to Saute´.
Add the reserved whole berries and

stir until all the sugar is dissolved.

Since I am going to be serving this tomorrow for dinner, I put it into a 16 oz pint canning jar, but you could put it into a bowl, cover and refrigerate.

I wonder what this would taste like on a piece of that No Knead Bread I made earlier today?  Can’t wait to try it.

Wouldn’t this make a nice hostess gift over the holidays? Add a festive piece of cloth over the jar lid and put the ring back on, with a cute tag!
Another idea is to use paper cupcake liners and place over the lid, they are the perfect size and so many prints available.  Add a homemade tag secured with twine or ribbon!

I hope you will give this recipe a try, you won’t be disappointed!

Thanks for stopping by today, I appreciate it so much!