Thanksgiving would not be the same without Pressure Cooker Orange Ginger Cranberry Sauce. You will never open another can again!
So, the Holidays are coming up and I love to do lots of cooking and have lots of friends around. We prefer our Cranberry Sauce somewhere between chunky pieces and completely jelled.
My Holiday menu is always filled with at least six different dishes. Some are the traditional ones I do each year and others are more exotic. The Pressure Cooker helps to make Thanksgiving so much easier.
I used to do my Cranberry Sauce on the stove or in my slow cooker and find it easier and quicker in the Pressure Cooker. It nicely frees up my 2 Quart Slow Cooker for my delicious Slow Cooker Holiday Corny Cornbread.
You have some options here. You can use freshly grated ginger, or even ground ginger, if you like. If I don’t have fresh ginger on hand, I prefer to use True Orange Ginger. It tastes like freshly picked oranges and freshly grated ginger. A small amount, gives a great pop of flavor.
This makes a lot of Pressure Cooker Orange Ginger Cranberry Sauce, so here is a great idea for leftovers. Perfect for the next morning is my Pressure Cooker Orange Cranberry French Toast.
Using a Strainer Basket, rinse the Cranberries very well and pick out anything that doesn’t belong.
Set aside the Cranberries to drain.
As I mentioned above, the True Orange Ginger gives a wonderfully strong pop of orange and ginger. Because I like even more orange, instead of using fresh orange juice, I like to use frozen concentrate and add make a stronger cup of orange juice. I like my Pressure Cooker Orange Ginger Cranberry Sauce very fragrant and orangey.
If you don’t like the taste of ginger, just skip it.
Dump the Cranberries into the Pressure Cooker cooking pot.
Pour the Orange Ginger Juice over the Cranberries and mix through.
Even though ground cinnamon was added, I like to add Whole Cinnamon Sticks to the Cranberries. It just seems more festive and I really like the taste. I made a double batch, so I used two Cinnamon Sticks.
As I said, we like the Cranberries broken down, but not to the point of complete liquid. The Pressure Cooker Orange Ginger Cranberry Sauce will thicken up a bit, when cooled.
The longer you cook, the more the cranberries break a part. To keep them relatively whole, cook for 5-7 minutes. For a more sauce like consistency, cook for 8-12 minutes.
For another pop of flavor, I like to add Orange Zest after the Cranberries have been cooked. When you use your Microplane Stainless Steel Zester to Zest the Orange, make sure you don’t get any of the pith, the white part. That is the bitter part.
The Pressure Cooker Orange Ginger Cranberry Sauce freezes really well. I always make a double batch right before Thanksgiving and use my Foodsaver Vaccum Sealer, to store the rest of the Cranberry Sauce for the rest of the Holidays.
We have two religions in this house, so we get to do the Jewish Holidays and the Catholic/Christian Holidays. This means, lots of partying and lots of cooking and lots of fun.
We like to serve each guest with their own Chilled Shot Glass. It looks so pretty and always starts conversation. Actually, it is less messy than passing around the bowl of Cranberry Sauce.
Each guest can just pour out the sauce right onto their plate. Of course, we have a bigger bowl of sauce as well, for those who like a larger serving.
My Pressure Cooker Holiday Corny Cornbread is always a hit at Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you love cranberries, try my Holiday Raspberry Cranberry Spritzer and my Pressure Cooker Orange Cranberry French Toast for breakfast.
Kitchen Equipment and Essentials
- Instant Pot Smart DUO60
- Amco Advanced Performance 18/10 Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
- Culina Stackable (Dry) Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
- Anchor Hocking Glass (Liquid) Measuring Cups
- Rösle Stainless Steel Flat Whisk – a MUST have, probably my most used utensil
- Bellemain Porcelain Ramekins
- RSVP Stainless Steel Strainer Basket
- Microplane Stainless Steel Zester
- True Orange Ginger
- Demerara Sugar
- Ground Cinnamon
- Whole Cinnamon Sticks
- Palais Glassware Heavy Base Shot Glass Set
- Foodsaver Vaccum Sealer
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Here is the handy printable recipe:
- Rinse and drain cranberries and set aside.
- Whisk together orange juice, sugar, cinnamon and True Orange Ginger (or grated ginger).
- Add cranberries and juice to the Pressure Cooker cooking pot.
- Add cinnamon stick.
- Cook at High pressure for minutes.
- When Beep sounds, allow a full Natural Pressure Release.
- For a thicker Sauce, simmer until desired consistency.
- Open lid and add Orange Zest.
Sauce will thicken as it cools.
Maple Syrup or White Sugar can be used in place of Demerara Sugar.