What's Your Pick? Homemade vs. Canned Cranberry Sauce

In one corner, we have the freshest relish around, made with real cranberries, a touch of sugar, and a handful of spices. In the other corner, we have the pop-a-top classic, in perfect cylindrical symmetry. Which one will be on your Thanksgiving table?It’s hard to argue that canned cranberry sauce is actually better than homemade, but it does have a sense of nostalgia for many of us that’s hard to resist. It’s the cranberry sauce that I grew up with and it’s still the sauce that I crave with my turkey. Once a year, I’ll take that spoonful perfectly jiggly, overly-sweet, canned cranberry sauce on my plate, thank you!

This said, I’m certainly not opposed to having both kinds of sauce at the table. How could I really say no to sauces like these?

DIY Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry Sauce with Port and Dried Figs
Cinnamon-Orange Cranberry Jam

Which sauce do you like best?

Related: Gallery: 12 Fresh, Sweet, and Festive Cranberry Recipes

(Images: Faith Durand and Emma Christensen)

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