Cranberry juice is not only a delightful beverage but also a versatile ingredient in various recipes. To ensure you can enjoy its vibrant flavor year-round, water bath canning is an excellent preservation method.

In this step-by-step guide, we’ll walk you through the process of canning cranberry juice so you can savor the taste of freshly harvested cranberries any time of the year.

Equipment Needed for Canning Cranberry Juice

Instructions for prep and canning cranberry juice

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Before you start the canning process, make sure you have all the necessary equipment and ingredients on hand:

  • Fresh cranberries
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Canning jars with lids and bands
  • Water bath canner
  • Canning funnel
  • Ladle
  • Jar lifter
  • Clean kitchen towels

Step 2: Prepare Your Cranberries

Thoroughly wash your fresh cranberries under cold running water, removing any stems or debris. Set them aside while you prepare the water bath.

Step 3: Sterilize Jars and Lids

Wash the canning jars, lids, and bands in hot, soapy water.

Sterilize the jars by placing them in a boiling water bath or running them through a dishwasher cycle.

Be sure to dump the water out of the jars before placing them onto a clean dish towel.

Step 4: Fill the Jars

Using a ladle and canning funnel, carefully fill the sterilized jars with cranberries, filtered hot water and sugar, leaving about 1/4 inch headspace.

  • Fill the jars about 1/2 way full with cranberries.
  • Add 1/4 to 1/3 cup of sugar to the jar.
  • Add hot filtered water to fill the jar – leaving 1/4 inch headspace.

Step 5: Seal the Jars

  • Wipe the jar rims with a clean, damp cloth to ensure a clean seal.
  • Place the sterilized lids on the jars and screw on the bands until they are fingertip-tight.

Step 6: Process in Water Bath Canner

  • Place the filled and sealed jars into the water bath canner. Ensure there is enough water to cover the jars by at least one inch.
  • Bring the water to a boil and process the jars for 15 minutes.

Step 8: Cool and Store

  • Carefully remove the jars from the canner using a jar lifter and place them on a clean kitchen towel.
  • Allow the jars to cool completely. You may hear a “pop” as the lids seal.
  • Check the lids for a proper seal by pressing down in the center. If it doesn’t pop back, the jar is sealed.
  • Store the sealed jars in a cool, dark place, and any unsealed jars should be refrigerated and consumed promptly.

Cheers! You’ve successfully water bath canned cranberry juice, preserving its delicious taste for months to come.

Enjoy your homemade cranberry juice in various recipes or as a refreshing beverage anytime you desire!

Homemade cranberry juice recipe

Homemade Cranberry Juice

Materials

  • Fresh cranberries
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Canning jars with lids and bands
  • Water bath canner
  • Canning funnel
  • Ladle
  • Jar lifter
  • Clean kitchen towels

Instructions

  • Thoroughly wash your fresh cranberries under cold running water, removing any stems or debris. Set them aside while you prepare the water bath.
  • Wash the canning jars, lids, and bands in hot, soapy water.
    Sterilize the jars by placing them in a boiling water bath or running them through a dishwasher cycle.
    Be sure to dump the water out of the jars before placing them onto a clean dish towel.
  • Fill the jars about 1/2 way full with cranberries.
  • Add 1/4 to 1/3 cup of sugar to the jar.
  • Add hot filtered water to fill the jar – leaving 1/4 inch headspace.
  • Wipe the jar rims with a clean, damp cloth to ensure a clean seal.
  • Place the sterilized lids on the jars and screw on the bands until they are fingertip-tight.
  • Place the filled and sealed jars into the water bath canner. Ensure there is enough water to cover the jars by at least one inch.
  • Bring the water to a boil and process the jars for 15 minutes.
  • Carefully remove the jars from the canner using a jar lifter and place them on a clean kitchen towel.
  • Allow the jars to cool completely. You may hear a "pop" as the lids seal.
  • Check the lids for a proper seal by pressing down in the center. If it doesn't pop back, the jar is sealed.
  • Store the sealed jars in a cool, dark place. Wait 4-6 weeks to open the seal. Refrigerate once open.

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