How to Make Cranberries For Jars
Cranberries are a wonderful addition to many holiday dishes, but it’s also easy to make them into jars to preserve them for later use. They’re quick and inexpensive, plus they’ll look so pretty on a buffet or at a party.
To make cranberries for jars, you need to first wash the berries, then simmer them in a sugary syrup until they’re soft and mushy. Then you can pour them into jars and process them in a boiling water bath canner.
Make a simple syrup: Combine sugar, orange zest and juice, apple juice and vinegar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Simmer for 10 minutes without a lid, occasionally stirring with a wooden spoon.
Prepare cranberries: Add a bag of cranberries to the syrup and simmer for about 5 to 7 minutes, until they’re just beginning to pop. Remove the bag and cinnamon sticks, if using, and discard.
Fill the jars: Divide hot cranberries among prepared half-pint and pint jars, leaving about 1/2 inch headspace. *Note: This recipe can be used as a refrigerator pickle or processed in a hot water bath canner for 10 minutes.
Store the cranberries: Once the jars are filled and sealed, you can store them in a cool place for up to a month before eating. You’ll want to check the jars periodically, making sure the lids have properly sealed.
If you haven’t already sanitized your jars, wash them in hot water and dry them on a paper towel. This will help prevent them from breaking during the canning process and ensure that you’ll have a jar of tasty cranberries to enjoy after the holidays.
To sanitize the jars, run them through the dishwasher on a “sanitize” cycle, or you can sanitize them in hot water. If you don’t have a dishwasher, you can sanitize them by boiling them in water for about 10 minutes.
You can also use this method to make a no-sugar ready-to-drink cranberry juice. It takes more work upfront, but the end result is a much more concentrated juice than store-bought cranberry juice.
Stovetop cranberry potpourri gift jars: These stovetop cranberry potpourri jars are the perfect smell good gift for friends, teachers or anyone else you want to give something nice to this holiday season. The jars are all-natural, and the cranberry syrup inside is delicious!
The cranberry juice will keep in the fridge for up to a week, and it’s a nice change from the traditional sweetened juice you buy at the store. You can serve it as a drink or add it to a bowl of fruit for a festive dessert.
For more ideas for Christmas and hostess gifts, see our collection of recipes that include homemade cranberry sauce, canned cranberry juice, and more. You can also try our cranberry pomanders or our homemade gingerbread cookies.
Canned cranberry sauce is easy to make and is a great gift for any occasion. It’s inexpensive and will last in the pantry for a long time.