Which cranberry sauce is superior: Canned or homemade? | The Tylt
Cranberry sauce may have lost a spot at our perfect Thanksgiving meal, but the war still rages on. For Turkey Day connoisseurs, nothing comes close to fresh, homemade cranberry sauce. It has the consistency of jam and is a perfect complement to the meal. But for many generations, canned cranberry sauce is an unabashed guilty pleasure. It's more like a tart jelly and is pure comfort food. Which style is best? Vote below! 🍽
Which cranberry sauce is superior: Canned or homemade?
There is no Thanksgiving menu choice more divisive than canned versus homemade cranberry sauce. It can destroy relationships and taste buds. Huffington Post has a solution:
While the dispute is highly controversial, and HuffPost Taste editors are wont to take sides when it comes to food, this is a fight we don’t consider worth fighting. The solution is simple: Serve both versions at either end of the table, and place your family members’ name cards accordingly. Family bonds will be strengthened, cranberry in some form will be eaten and a happy Thanksgiving will be had by all. The end.
How much do we love cranberries? This much.
Look, fans of the can acknowledge processed, packaged cranberry sauce is a pure guilty pleasure. Thanksgiving is the one time a year where people can shed all pretension and be themselves. And sometimes you just want to eat cranberry from a can.
Every so often in our post-foodist world, I get this overwhelming urge to eat, well, shit. Not actual fecal matter (ew), but certainly foods a few higher-minded cohorts might readily scoff at. Let's be real, preserved, pasteurized, processed to the point of being unrecognizable, "shit" was the kind of cuisine we were raised on — none of this locally sourced, organic, artisan-crafted bullshit, but fruit "salads" made with baby marshmallows and Cool Whip, and jellied cranberry served straight from the can. (Thanks mom.) It's why, after years of trying gourmet frou frou versions like chili cranberry gastrique and cabernet cranberry chutneys, I'll happily still let good old Ocean Spray take up precious space on my Thanksgiving platter.
Oh, that's hogwash! Homemade cranberry sauce is not only healthier for you, it tastes better. And we can objectively prove it—even the Kardashians agree that homemade is better. And do you think you really know better than the Kardashians?
Kourtney Kardashian is the organic-loving, extended breastfeeding, natural-birthing member of the Kardashian family, and if there is anyone we’d trust for a healthy holiday recipe, it’s her. She’s shared a simple recipe for cranberry sauce, saying, “Why buy the canned version when fresh cranberries are so healthy and this recipe is so surprisingly easy to make?”
Nothing feels more warm and fuzzy than that sweet can of nostalgia. It's the only way to go. Don't fight tradition!
Friends don't let friends eat crappy processed foods just because of nostalgia. Grow up, people! Eat real food!