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Holiday Cranberries with Agave

This is a fantastic recipe adapted from my mother-in-law's recipe for cranberry sauce. Emmett ate an entire bowl tonight.

Fresh Agave Cranberry Sauce

3 lbs fresh cranberries (that is a gigantic costco bag)
2 cups agave nectar
2 cups water
1 small package of frozen mixed berries
Juice of 3 fresh oranges
Add rind of one orange to cook
1/2 t of ginger

Mix all of the above in a large pot. Bring to boiling. Boil until the cranberries "pop." (I love that noise, it reminds me of helping my mom on holidays when I was a little girl.) Cook a little longer. Let set in the fridge overnight. If you want a firmer texture add some ultra gel. This recipe makes a huge bowl, but it will disappear fast!

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