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Canned Apple Cranberry Sauce Recipe

How to Can Cranberry Sauce

This homemade canned apple cranberry sauce recipe is one that you are going to want to make this fall. Full of sweet apples and tart cranberries, it makes the perfect sauce for the holidays!

For most of us, cranberry sauce is a staple at the dinner table during the holiday season. Whether at Christmas dinner or with our Thanksgiving turkey, there is always a bowl of cranberry sauce to pass around.

Growing up at my house, we opened a can of cranberry sauce, plopped it into a bowl, and smashed it with the back of a spoon. Sound familiar? These days, I make my own.

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When it comes to cranberry sauce, everyone has a preference, whether it’s a whole-berry sauce, a cranberry jelly, or none at all. A good cranberry sauce is the perfect balance of sweet and tart.

Full of fresh flavours from tart cranberries, and apples for a wee bit of additional sweetness, my homemade version of whole berry cranberry sauce puts the canned stuff to shame.

You have to try it! It’s the perfect recipe for your next holiday meal.

If you want to can and store this recipe like I do, you’ll need a few supplies.

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We used these gorgeous, fresh cranberries pick from my grandparents property. Of course, store bought cranberries work just fine too!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of whole, fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup of unpeeled, chopped apples
  • 1 1/2 cups of white sugar
  • 1/4 cup of apple juice
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ⅛ tsp each cinnamon, cloves, allspice and nutmeg

Cranberry Sauce Recipe:

Directions:

1. Combine the apples, whole cranberries and apple juice in a medium saucepan. 

2. Allow them to come to a boil over medium-high heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

3. Add the remaining ingredients to the pot and simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the mixture has reached a jam-like consistency. 

Apples are high in natural pectin and will help the sauce to set.

4. Pour the homemade cranberry sauce into warm, sterilized jars. 

5. Process for 15-25 minutes depending on the size of your jar. 15 minutes for half pints and 25 for pints.

This recipe yielded five half pint sized jars.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Want a smoother sauce? Put the cooked mixture into a food processor and blend. You can then push it through a fine mesh sieve or leave as is.
  • Throw everything into your slow cooker instead of using the stovetop. The house will smell incredible!
  • Open jars of leftover cranberry sauce should be kept in the fridge and consumed within one month.
Apple Cranberry Sauce Recipe

What to serve this easy recipe with:

  • This homemade sauce makes a perfect condiment in leftover turkey sandwiches.
  • Roast chicken or our garbage can turkey!
  • Pork roast or pork chops would be a great option.
  • Why not try some on your next bowl of ice cream?
Apple Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Alternative ingredients:

  • Use a bit of orange zest or chop up some orange peels for a citrus twist. Be sure to remove the white pith from the peels first to avoid added bitterness.
  • Switch up your sweeteners. Substitute some or all of the white sugar for brown sugar, or maple syrup. Or add less sugar overall for a more tart final product.
  • Try orange juice or apple cider in place of apple juice.
  • Add a splash of orange liqueur.
How to Can Apple Cranberry Sauce

Make a gift and add:

  • A cinnamon stick or cookie cutters tied to a jar.
  • A recipe card with detailed instructions for making more.
  • An invitation to join you for a meal.

This year, set your holiday table with the best cranberry sauce ever. You’ll be glad you did!

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Apple Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Apple Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Yield: 5
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Additional Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

This homemade canned apple cranberry sauce recipe is one that you are going to want to make this fall. Full of sweet apples and tart cranberries, it makes the perfect sauce for the holidays!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of whole, fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup of unpeeled, chopped apples
  • 1 1/2 cups of white sugar
  • 1/4 cup of apple juice
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ⅛ tsp each cinnamon, cloves, allspice and nutmeg

Instructions

1. Combine the apples, whole cranberries and apple juice in a medium saucepan. 

2. Allow them to come to a boil over medium-high heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

3. Add the remaining ingredients to the pot and simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the mixture has reached a jam-like consistency. 

4. Pour the homemade cranberry sauce into warm, sterilized jars. 

5. Process for 15-25 minutes depending on the size of your jar. 15 minutes for half pints and 25 for pints.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 274Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 71gFiber: 2gSugar: 65gProtein: 0g

All values are approximate and based on ingredients used by the recipe writer. Always calculate your own individual nutritional values for the most accurate calculation.

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Oooohhh, just found this…pinning it…one quick question…do you leave the peel on your apples? Looks FABULOUS!!