Monday, October 10, 2022

Canning Cranberry Juice - Easy Recipe With Whole Cranberries

Canning cranberry juice with whole cranberries is an incredibly easy way to make homemade cranberry juice.  This makes a delicious juice that you drink plain or use in recipes or to make mixed drinks.

Cranberry Juice Canning Recipe

Making homemade juice is a labor intensive process.  I usually use my steam juicer, but even then it takes a long time to make juice.

I like to keep cranberry juice on the shelf because it's high in antioxidants and can provide relief for urinary tract infections.

You can make a cranberry juice canning recipe by cooking cranberries and straining them, but I'm honestly too busy in the fall to make that.

Cranberries are impossible to find out of season here, so it's not something that I can make another time of the year.  I have frozen cranberries to make it in the winter when I'm not canning other things.

Canning whole cranberries for juice is incredibly easy, and I like that I can make it by the jar.  I actually made his homemade canned cranberry juice in the same canner load as my canned grape juice with whole grapes.  

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Why You'll Love This Cranberry Juice Canning Recipe

Canning whole cranberries for juice is my preferred way to make homemade cranberry juice.  Store bought juice is full of sugars and sometimes even high fructose corn syrup.

Yes, this cranberry juice recipe for canning does have sugar, but it's necessary to extract the juice from the berries.

A home canned juice recipe doesn't get much easier that this one!  Just place the whole berries, sugar, and water in the jar and process.  

I love that I can make as much or as little as I want.  

This homemade cranberry juice is delicious in this holiday punch recipe.

How Do You Make Canned Cranberry Juice?

To make homemade canned cranberry juice, you'll either need to cook the berries and strain with cheesecloth to have the juice.

This way of canning cranberry juice makes a delicious juice that's more concentrated.  You can also omit the sugar and use a sugar substitute when you drink the juice.

However, when canning whole cranberries for juice, you will need the sugar.  The sugar is what pulls the juice and flavor from the berries.

This homemade canned cranberry juice is incredibly easy.  You just clean your jars, add whole cranberries, add sugar, and then fill with water.  Then process in a water bath canner.

Yes, that's it!  

How Do You Preserve Cranberry Juice

Cranberry canning recipes are generally safe for water bath canning.  This cranberry juice recipe for canning uses a water bath.

I don't recommend freezing this homemade juice because that will not allow the sugar water to extract the juice from the berries.

Can Cranberries Be Water Bath Canned?

Yes, generally for most cranberry canning recipes, a water bath canner is safe.  There may be some pressure canned recipes, so always follow safe canning guidelines.  

Check out my 11 canning mistakes that can kill you for more information about safe canning.

How Long Does Homemade Cranberry Juice Last?

This homemade canned cranberry juice will last 12 to 18 months on the shelf.  You will need to let them sit for 4 to 6 weeks for the best flavor.

How Many Cranberries Do I Need to Make Juice?

To make a full canner load with 7 quarts, you'll need about 4 bags of cranberries.  This will be about 1 3/4 cups of cranberries per jar.

Supplies for Learning How to Make Canned Cranberry Juice

You will need the following supplies for canning cranberry juice:

Cranberry Juice Canning Recipe Ingredients

For each quart jar for canning homemade cranberry juice, you will need:

  • 1 3/4 cup whole cranberries
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 cups water

How to Make Canned Cranberry Juice

Step #1

Wash and prep your jars.  Place them in the canner in hot water to get them warm.

Step #2

Place 1 3/4 cup washed cranberries into each quart jar.  Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar.  I did 1/2 cup sugar, but you can add 1/4 cup and add a sugar alternative when you drink the juice.

Step #3

Add hot water to each jar leaving 1/4 inch headspace.  Use the bubble popper to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims of the jars and place a lid and ring on the jars.  Place in the water bath canner.  Cover with 1-2 inches of water.

Step #4

Process quarts for 25 minutes for elevations under 1,000 feet.  Process for 30 minutes for 1,000 to 6,000 feet above sea level, and 35 minutes for elevations over 6,000 feet.  

Step #5

When the time is up, turn off the canner and remove the lid.  Let sit for 5 minutes.  Then use the jar lifter to remove the jars and place on a towel or other heat proof surface.

Let your homemade canned cranberry juice sit for 4 to 6 weeks to develop the flavor.  Strain out the whole berries and drink the juice.

Now you know how to make canned cranberry juice!  

Keep track of all of your canning recipes in my printable canning journal.  This has recipe pages, notes pages, list pages, and more!

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