How To Can Cranberry Juice

Crafting your own cranberry juice through the canning process embodies simplicity and deliciousness in a jar. With just a handful of ingredients and some basic kitchen tools, you can create a supply of shelf-stable cranberry juice that's not only cost-effective but also tailored to your taste preferences.

The beauty of this recipe lies in its minimalism. All you need are cranberries, water, and optionally sugar or another sweetener. This simplicity not only streamlines the process but also ensures that the natural tartness of cranberries shines through. Moreover, by adjusting the amount of sugar to your liking, you can customize the sweetness level to suit your palate perfectly.


Here's a rundown of what you'll need:


  • Fresh cranberries (or frozen if fresh isn't available)
  • Sugar (or alternative sweetener like honey)


  • Canning jars (ensure they're specifically for canning)
  • Lids and rings
  • Wide-mouth funnel (a lifesaver for easy pouring)
  • Lid wand (to safely handle hot lids)
  • Ladle (for transferring your concoction into jars)
  • Clean cloth (for wiping jar rims)
  • Large pot (for the water bath)
  • Tongs or jar lifters (to retrieve hot jars)


  1. Prep the Cranberries: Fill clean quart canning jars with whole cranberries, and if desired, add any spices or citrus zest for extra flavor.
  2. Sweeten to Taste: Add your preferred amount of sugar or sweetener to the jars. Adjust the sweetness according to your preference.
  3. Top with Water: Fill the jars with water, leaving a ½ inch headspace at the top.
  4. Seal the Deal: Wipe the jar rims clean, then tightly seal each jar with a lid and ring.
  5. Water Bath: Lower the jars into a cool water bath, ensuring the water level is at least 2 inches above the jars. Bring to a boil and process for 20 minutes.
  6. Cool and Settle: Once processed, allow the jars to cool at room temperature. You'll notice a separation of the sugar syrup, cranberry extraction, and burst cranberries.
  7. Shake and Store: Check the lids to ensure they're properly sealed, then give the jars a good shake to mix the contents. Let them sit in a cool, dark place for optimal flavor development.
  8. Enjoy: When ready to indulge, strain the juice through a fine mesh strainer to remove the cooked cranberries, and pour yourself a glass of homemade cranberry goodness.

For an enhanced flavor experience, let the juice mature for 4-6 weeks before cracking open a jar. Though, if you can't resist the temptation, know that even after a few days, the result is undeniably delicious, with each passing week bringing out even more complexity in flavor.

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