Citrus Cranberry Sauce + Thanksgiving Freezing Tips

Citrus Cranberry Sauce

I have to admit. I love using Hefty storage bags for my leftovers. I come from a family that had always used storage bags to store leftover food in our refrigerator or freezer. They allow my fridge and freezer to save on space, and also keeps my food fresh. I am a huge fan.

Using Hefty storage bags for Thanksgiving is an even better idea because there is usually a ton of food made for that special day, and if you have friends or family over, you have made a ton of food, which usually means, a lot leftover. Hefty storage bags are really essential for saving space in your fridge and freezer and keeping your leftovers fresh for those delicious turkey sandwiches or turkey dinner for the next few days.

I love the zip bag because it is so easy to close. I get so frustrated trying to see if those other bags are actually closed or not. There have been too many situations where food has leaked on my fridge shelves that is such a pain to clean!

Check out this fabulous infographic that give you a ton of prep ideas for your Turkey day foods with rules and tips for the best storage and how long your food will last in the fridge or freezer.

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This is a perfect example of a delicious Citrus Cranberry Sauce that can be made up to one month before the big day! A great way to save on time! By using Hefty storage bags, you realistically can make most of your Thanksgiving meal well in advance, freeze, thaw and serve on the big day. Save time and don’t just spend the entire day on your feet in the kitchen on Thanksgiving when you could be spending it with your fam!

Citrus Cranberry sauce

Citrus Cranberry Sauce


  • 4 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Place the cranberries in a large saucepan. Add sugar, orange juice, orange zest, lemon zest, lime zest and cinnamon; stir to combine.
  2. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring often for 6 to 8 minutes or until the cranberries come to a rapid boil.
  3. Reduce heat to medium –low and continue cooking, stirring occasionally for 10 to 12 minutes or until cranberry mixture has thickened.
  4. Cool cranberry sauce to room temperature, then transfer to a Hefty Quart Size Slider Freezer Bag.
  5. Store in freezer for up to one month.
  6. Reheating & Serving
  7. Transfercranberry sauce from the freezer to the refrigerator 24 hours before serving.
  8. Bring to room temperature before serving. Or to serve warm, place cranberry sauce in a large saucepan and reheat over medium-low heat.

Citrus Cranberry Sauce


Want more ideas for storing and freezing Thanksgiving leftovers? You can check that out here.

BONUS: Here you can check out fun Thanksgiving ideas for your kids using Hefty products. 

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Erin Kennedy and I’m the Founder and Creative Director. I love food, cooking and learning tips in the kitchen and of course, eating. Sharing all this food love is a passion of mine.

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