Homemade canned cranberry sauce is packed with sweet-tart flavor that is so much better than the store-bought stuff, and with just four ingredients, it couldn’t be simpler to can at home!
Of course, this whole berry Cranberry Sauce recipe directly from the makers of Ball® home canning products is great to put out on your Thanksgiving table (and it takes a dish off your turkey day to-do list), but once you have it stashed in your pantry, you’ll be amazed at how many uses you’ll find for cranberry sauce.
Serve it as a condiment to roasted pork or roasted chicken. Slather it onto a turkey sandwich. Pour it onto brie or softened goat cheese for a speedy appetizer. It’s so versatile! Let’s get canning.
What ingredients will I need?
This canned cranberry sauce only needs four ingredients—all of which are readily available at your local grocery store. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Sugar—just regular granulated sugar
- Fresh cranberries—you can get these in most grocery stores during the fall months
- Orange zest
Don’t I need pectin?
Nope! Even though cranberry sauce is basically just cranberry jam, you don’t need added pectin to get a good gel. That’s because cranberries are naturally rich in pectin—heating the sauce will activate the pectin and cause the cranberry sauce to thicken.
What are the best jars in which to can this cranberry sauce?
We like putting this cranberry sauce in Ball® Half-Pint Jars—it’s the perfect size to serve cranberry sauce as a condiment for a meal. If you need more for a larger gathering (like Thanksgiving), just open a couple of jars!
How do you serve canned cranberry?
Do you heat up canned cranberry sauce?
Nope! Serve cranberry sauce cold or at room temperature. If you heat up cranberry sauce, it will lose some of its gel and become too thin to be enjoyable.
How long is canned cranberry sauce good for?
When properly canned and stored in a cool dark place, cranberry sauce will last indefinitely as long as the seal is intact. However, the flavor, nutritional density, and color will start to decline past the one-year mark, so both Ball® and the USDA recommend eating the cranberry sauce within a year.
How long can cranberry sauce last in the fridge?
Once opened, we recommend storing your cranberry sauce in the fridge and eating it within one week.