Food fight: Is canned cranberry sauce gross?

We debate the merits of this wiggly, jiggly Thanksgiving tradition

November 22, 2011

Some like their pizza cut in squares, while others swear by slices. For as long as we’ve been stuffing our faces with delicious food, there have been conflicts about the way we eat it. Addressing such fervent foodie issues, we are proud to introduce Food fight.

Are you for or against canned cranberry sauce?

FOR
The book isn’t always better than the movie adaptation, and by the same logic, fresh foods aren’t always better than processed ones. When it comes to cranberries, I like them plopped in front of me with all the dazzling special effects—extra sugar, jelly coating and, yes, even that ribbed can shape. This is Thanksgiving, after all. If we can’t indulge on a day best known for decadent feasts, when can we? I will now unbuckle my belt and await your response. –Mike Hines

AGAINST
For the first 25 years of my life, I thought I hated cranberries. I assumed the fruit, in any form, tasted like the overly tart, slightly bitter gelatinous blob that my mom served out of a can on Thanksgiving. When I first tasted fresh cranberries treated with the slightest bit of sugar and juice, it was a revelation. Why anyone would buy the canned stuff when making fresh cranberry sauce is so easy is beyond me. Sorry, Mom. –Dana Kavan

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