Beautiful. That’s how I describe this cranberry and pear sauce that’s made in a slow cooker with no added sugar. It truly is beautiful in appearance and taste. The sauce is naturally sweetened with pear, orange juice and applesauce. It still has the typical cranberry tart but not overwhelming.
Once the fruits are cooked, you could use a blender or food processor to purée it or do what I did – use a fork to roughly mash it, that way it keeps a wonderful texture making you want to eat it plain straight out of the pot.
Cranberry and Pear Sauce: Make It Ahead
To make cranberry and pear sauce I use my trusted slow cooker that allows me to keep the sauce warm until I am ready to serve. Get it [easyazon_link identifier=“B001KVZTFO” locale=“US” tag=“fosmmo-20” cloak=“n”]here.[/easyazon_link] Or if I am making this recipe ahead of time, which I love to do, mason jars are perfect for storing it. I am a fan of the [easyazon_link identifier=“B001DIZ1NO” locale=“US” tag=”fosmmo-20″ cloak=”n”]wide mouth version[/easyazon_link] which allows me to scoop everything out with a regular rubber spatula. Since this recipe makes about 16oz of sauce, the pint size jars would be perfect! (Affiliate links)
Benefits of Eating Cranberries
Cranberries are rich in phytonutrients, called pro-anthocyanidins (PAC’s). These are natural chemicals that protect the plant from germs, fungi, bugs, and other threats. While phytonutrients are not essential when it comes to nutrition, they do play a role in keeping us healthy and preventing diseases. Potential health benefits when it comes to eating cranberries and drinking cranberry juice range from fighting:
- neurological diseases,
- diabetes, to
- bacterial infections.
Health Benefits of Cranberries for UTI
Perhaps the most well-known use of cranberries is to prevent and fight urinary tract infections (UTIs). At an early age I learned that snacking on dried cranberries and drinking cranberry juice was good for me. I didn’t quite understand how so, now I know why.
Researchers figured out long ago that cranberries help prevent UTIs. The components in cranberries help prevent bacterial attachments to the lining of the unitary tract. Actually, researchers have also found that “In much the same way as cranberries may help prevent bacterial attachment to the lining of the urinary tract, they may also help prevent attachment of bacteria to the stomach lining” and prevent stomach ulcers. (Source)
Cranberry extract found in commercial cranberry sauce doesn’t contain all of these health-benefiting components, that’s why making your own cranberry and pear sauce out of fresh cranberries matters.
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- 12 oz fresh cranberries
- 8 oz applesauce, unsweetened
- 1 pear
- 1 cup orange juice
- Zest of one organic orange
- ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
- Zest one organic orange and put the zest aside. Juice the orange. Pour the juice in a liquid measuring cup and top off with organic, unsweetened orange juice to make a total of one cup.
- Add all ingredient to a slow cooker and combine. Cover with a lid and cook on high for 2½ hours or until cranberries burst.
- Remove the lid and mash the cranberries and pear with a fork carefully so you don’t scratch the slow cooker.
- Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy warm or cold.
This recipe makes one pint of cranberry and pear sauce.
*I recommend using organic orange since you will be using the zest in this recipe. By using an organic orange you’ll avoid pesticides and toxins that may be found in the skin and peel of the non-organic produce.
*If using a non-organic pear, I suggest peeling it due to pesticides and toxins that may be found in the skin and peel of the non-organic produce.