Making Fresh Homemade Cranberry Sauce and Canning It

With this recipe, making fresh homemade cranberry sauce and canning it will be a breeze for your holiday meals this year! And you don't have to worry about what to do with all of the leftover sauce, if you even have any. You can simply store it away for a mid-year craving or for next year.For most people, they are used to the canned cranberry sauce which usually consists of the can-shaped red jelly we are all familiar with. It’s nice and sweet, and most everyone is a fan. But what you don’t know is how much better tasting it is when it is homemade, much less all of the toxic ingredients contained in those little cans.

Homemade cranberry sauce has a punch and a crispness to which canned simply cannot compete. You can always blend it down to a smooth jelly-like consistency if you don’t like the taste of the whole berries in your sauce, but I for one love them! What’s different about my homemade cranberry sauce though is that I don’t use any processed ingredients.


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How My Sauce is Different

Like all other jams and jellies at the grocery store, and most of the ones made at home, cranberry sauce normally uses a great deal of refined white sugar to make it sweet and get it to jell together. I use 100% organic raw honey without any additives. Unfortunately, most store-bought honey isn’t even honey as advertised, but is water and corn syrup. You have to go through a local apiary, or a local honey store, to get the real thing straight from the hives. There’s a big difference!

I use a tad bit of water and I really like adding in cinnamon, but some people prefer it without the cinnamon. Instead of using water, you could even add in a bit of orange juice, but realize that unless you juice the oranges yourself, store-bought orange juice also has tons of white sugar and other ingredients you likely wouldn’t agree to in your juice if you knew.

I promise, after making this homemade cranberry sauce, you’ll never want to go back to the red jelly canned variety again. Let me show you how easy it was!

With this recipe, making fresh homemade cranberry sauce and canning it will be a breeze for your holiday meals this year! And you don't have to worry about what to do with all of the leftover sauce, if you even have any. You can simply store it away for a mid-year craving or for next year.
I started by pouring my fresh cranberries into my small crockpot.
With this recipe, making fresh homemade cranberry sauce and canning it will be a breeze for your holiday meals this year! And you don't have to worry about what to do with all of the leftover sauce, if you even have any. You can simply store it away for a mid-year craving or for next year.
I added about a cup of water.
With this recipe, making fresh homemade cranberry sauce and canning it will be a breeze for your holiday meals this year! And you don't have to worry about what to do with all of the leftover sauce, if you even have any. You can simply store it away for a mid-year craving or for next year.
Then I cooked my cranberries on high for a couple of hours with the cover closed.
With this recipe, making fresh homemade cranberry sauce and canning it will be a breeze for your holiday meals this year! And you don't have to worry about what to do with all of the leftover sauce, if you even have any. You can simply store it away for a mid-year craving or for next year.
When they were cooked through and wilted, I add my honey and stirred until melted.
With this recipe, making fresh homemade cranberry sauce and canning it will be a breeze for your holiday meals this year! And you don't have to worry about what to do with all of the leftover sauce, if you even have any. You can simply store it away for a mid-year craving or for next year.
Then I used my immersion blender to blend my cranberry sauce, being sure to leave plenty of whole berries for my sauce.
With this recipe, making fresh homemade cranberry sauce and canning it will be a breeze for your holiday meals this year! And you don't have to worry about what to do with all of the leftover sauce, if you even have any. You can simply store it away for a mid-year craving or for next year.
I then cooked my cranberry sauce another hour on high with the cover off, so much of the liquid could evaporate and my sauce would thicken.
With this recipe, making fresh homemade cranberry sauce and canning it will be a breeze for your holiday meals this year! And you don't have to worry about what to do with all of the leftover sauce, if you even have any. You can simply store it away for a mid-year craving or for next year.
With this recipe, making fresh homemade cranberry sauce and canning it will be a breeze for your holiday meals this year! And you don't have to worry about what to do with all of the leftover sauce, if you even have any. You can simply store it away for a mid-year craving or for next year.
At this point, I ladled my sauce into my three pint jars and 1 half pint jar.
With this recipe, making fresh homemade cranberry sauce and canning it will be a breeze for your holiday meals this year! And you don't have to worry about what to do with all of the leftover sauce, if you even have any. You can simply store it away for a mid-year craving or for next year.
I wiped the rims of my jars clean.
With this recipe, making fresh homemade cranberry sauce and canning it will be a breeze for your holiday meals this year! And you don't have to worry about what to do with all of the leftover sauce, if you even have any. You can simply store it away for a mid-year craving or for next year.
Finally I added my lids and rings, only twisting the lids until I felt the slightest resistance.
With this recipe, making fresh homemade cranberry sauce and canning it will be a breeze for your holiday meals this year! And you don't have to worry about what to do with all of the leftover sauce, if you even have any. You can simply store it away for a mid-year craving or for next year.
I loaded them into my water bath canner and covered them with water by a few inches.
With this recipe, making fresh homemade cranberry sauce and canning it will be a breeze for your holiday meals this year! And you don't have to worry about what to do with all of the leftover sauce, if you even have any. You can simply store it away for a mid-year craving or for next year.
I put the top on and brought the whole thing to a rolling boil. Then I tilted the lid and set my timer for 20 minutes.
With this recipe, making fresh homemade cranberry sauce and canning it will be a breeze for your holiday meals this year! And you don't have to worry about what to do with all of the leftover sauce, if you even have any. You can simply store it away for a mid-year craving or for next year.
When they were finished, I removed them with my jar lifter to a towel on the side to cool for 24 hours. When cool, I checked that they were all sealed and then removed the rings to store them in the pantry for the holidays. Now it’s your turn to give it a shot!

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Ingredients

  • 36oz fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon, (optional)

Instructions

  1. Start by loading your fresh cranberries into a small crockpot. Pour 1 cup of water into the bottom to keep them from burning.
  2. Cover your crockpot and allow the cranberries to cook on high, covered, for about 2 hours at least.
  3. When cranberries are cooked through and wilted, add in your raw honey and stir until it’s melted. This would be the time to also add your cinnamon if you’re using it.
  4. Use an immersion blender to blend up the cranberry sauce to your desired consistency.
  5. Now, leave the top off of the crockpot and continue cooking on high for at least another hour to thicken your sauce.
  6. When you are happy with the outcome, either store it in freezer safe containers in the freezer until needed, or you can preserve them for the long run.
  7. In order to can your cranberry sauce easily, you’ll need a water bath canner, at least 3-4 pint jars and a possible half pint jar (with lids and rings), canning supplies, a washcloth, and a ladle.
  8. Ladle your cranberry sauce into your clean jars up to the neck of each jar. Clean the rims with a damp washcloth to remove any debris.
  9. Add a lid and a ring to each jar, only twisting the rings until you feel the slightest resistance. And transfer them to your water bath canner.
  10. You’ll want to cover your jars with clean fresh water, at least 2 inches over the top of your jars. Cover and turn your heat to high.
  11. When your water starts to boil, tilt the lid to release steam and lower your temperature just a tad. You want to keep the rolling boil, but at the lowest temperature possible.
  12. Set your timer to 20 minutes and leave it until the timer goes off. At this time you can remove your jars with your jar lifter and set them on a towel to the side to cool for 24 hours.
  13. When cool, check that they are all sealed by tapping on the top. They should all ping to signal they are sealed and the middle of each lid should be compressed down. If instead they thud, or any of the lids aren’t compressed, they will either need to be stored in the refrigerator for no more than a week, or will need to be reprocessed.
  14. Store in a cool, dry location until needed. They should last you at least a year or more once canned.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 40
Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value *
Fat 3 g 5%
Saturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 2 g 1%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 1 g 4%
Protein 1 g 2%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
With this recipe, making fresh homemade cranberry sauce and canning it will be a breeze for your holiday meals this year! And you don't have to worry about what to do with all of the leftover sauce, if you even have any. You can simply store it away for a mid-year craving or for next year.

For this recipe you’ll need a good immersion blender. You could just use a regular blender, but it sure does make a huge mess! An immersion blender allows you to simply plug it in and blend your jam, sauce, or whatever, right in the pot where it’s cooking. Quick, efficient and very little mess. I use mine for just about everything like my homemade applesauce, all of my delicious jam recipes, my homemade salsa and even my pasta sauce.

Then I like to can all of my creations, 1) so they don’t take up a whole bunch of room in my freezer unnecessarily, and 2) because then there’s no rush to eat it. I can store it safely in the basement with my other canned products and get to it in my own time over the next year or so. And water bath canning is so incredibly easy!

Make sure and grab just the right water bath canner for your needs, and a canning kit. I have a 16qt to make sure the water would cover all of my quart jars. Then you can easily preserve all of your tomato and other fruit products. I make tomato paste, tomato juice, tomato sauce, pasta sauce, salsa, “Rotel,” and even diced tomatoes, along with the variety of fruit products I preserve. The water bath canner makes canning fun.

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I should also tell you that when I can my cranberry sauce, I can’t make it quite as thick as I can when I use it fresh or freeze it. It simply would be too thick for air to move through the jar during the canning process. If you choose to can your cranberry sauce and would still like it a bit thicker before eating, you can always heat it on the stove over medium heat, in a small pot, until it is as thick as you’d like.

We really enjoyed this cranberry sauce this last month! We used it for our big meal and for all of our leftovers. I can’t wait to have it again for our Christmas meal. Yum!

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With this recipe, making fresh homemade cranberry sauce and canning it will be a breeze for your holiday meals this year! And you don't have to worry about what to do with all of the leftover sauce, if you even have any. You can simply store it away for a mid-year craving or for next year.

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