You never want to add more granulated sugar.
Cranberry Sauce
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No matter how diligently you plan for the day, some kind of kitchen flop always transpires on Thanksgiving. Hey, that's okay, we all can't be Ree Drummond. But this year, how about avoiding one of the most common Turkey Day transgressions? Too-bitter cranberry sauce, no more!

As Reader's Digest shares in "Thanksgiving Food Fails: 10 Quick Fixes for the Worst Dinner Screw-Ups," there's an easy way to fix your cranberry sauce if it comes out tasting too bitter. "Resist adding granulated sugar—you won't get the full effect unless you reheat the sauce and the sugar dissolves," writes Kelsey Kloss. "Instead, start by stirring in one tablespoon maple syrup and one teaspoon of a sweet drink like apple juice, orange juice, or fruity white or red wine. Add more to taste. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt (in small amounts, it intensifies sweetness)."

If you don't have maple syrup or think its distinct taste may overpower your cranberry sauce, you can also try swapping that out for more neutral agave syrup or brown rice syrup.

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