The pros: Trader Joe's Cranberry Sauce is a nice balanced mix of what most might want when cranberry sauce is served: it's halfway between being the jelly that comes from a can with some textural aspects of a cranberry relish. This was a good compromise between the two worlds.
The cons: It's a seasonal so if you like this, you might want to stock up until next year. My Trader Joe's ran out shortly after Thanksgiving.
The verdict: For $1.99 it doesn't make sense to even attempt to make cranberry sauce on your own. This was a nice balance between tart and sweet. It was a nice balance on the textural aspect as well. Would be great served alone, on a sandwich or in a salad. Best of all, this does have a substantial shelf life, so if you might crave the flavor during a different season you could buy a few of these and store them.
Here is the visual rundown of what you can expect if you purchase this item. My final thoughts on the product are below the pictures.
The jar of Trader Joe's Cranberry Sauce:
The nutritional information and ingredient list:
If cranberry sauce is a source of controversy in your household this might be a nice compromise for some guests. Some guests clearly prefer the jelly log that looks like the can it came out of. Other guests only the finely chopped relish will do. If you want the chopped relish, Trader Joe's does sell a fresh variety in the refrigerated section which is also seasonal but does not have the shelf life of this product. This might appease both sides with a good balance of tart and sweet. This also appears to be seasonal, so when it's gone, it's gone. Worth stocking up if your family enjoys a good turkey dinner every now and again.
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