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Ways to Use Leftover Cranberry Sauce

For many of us cranberry sauce only graces our dinner tables a few times a year. And once that jar or can is opened we often need to find ways to use leftover cranberry sauce.

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Thankfully, there are so very many tasty and simple options for every single meal of the day.

Preserve for Later

Tried of cranberry sauce and simply don’t want to bake or use it in a different way at the moment? Preserve it for later with these simple methods:

Put the leftovers into a jar or other container and freeze. Thaw and use in recipes later.

Dehydrate cranberry sauce into a tasty, homemade fruit leather.

Use it as Topping

Even if we don’t have want or need to cook up something special, cranberry sauce has a multitude of very simple uses.

Spread it on top of pancakes or waffles.

Using it as a spread for leftover turkey sandwiches is, of course, a classic for a reason.

Pour it on top of ice cream or pound cake.

Mix some into yogurt with granola for a tasty snack.

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Leftover Cranberry Sauce Recipes

Make the most of bits of leftover cranberry sauce with these sweet and savory recipes.


Cranberry sauce adds a lot of flavor to muffins and scones but also pairs deliciously with savory breakfast sandwiches and more.


While spreading leftover cranberry sauce on leftover cold turkey sandwiches is perfectly acceptable (and yummy) try these ideas for something different and perhaps even tastier.


Use that leftover cranberry sauce in savory main courses and side dishes alike.


The sweet and tart combination of cranberry sauce lends itself well to all manner of desserts.

Thanks for sharing!