Canning – Cranberry Jelly

I don’t know about you but I’m finding it hard to believe that it’s Christmas week already. Tomorrow we will celebrate with part of our family, then on Christmas Eve day the rest of the crew arrives to spend Christmas with us. It’s a special year, and the first time in seven years that we will be blessed to spend time with some–let alone all!–of our kids with us over the holiday.

A couple of weeks ago when the fresh cranberries arrived at the supermarket I got busy and made some cranberry jelly. As part of my ongoing quest to stop purchasing store-bought canned goods this was one more thing to cross off the list. Yes, I know that the canned jelly is not to everyone’s taste but in my house it’s gotta be jelly–no whole berries allowed!

This recipe is from the classic  Ball Blue Book of Preserving. I made two batches which yielded four pints of jelly–more than enough to get us through the coming year. By the way, I’ve added the following handy-dandy widget that will allow you to print the recipes I post. I’ll be going back to previous recipe posts and updating it to include a printable recipe as well.

Cranberry Jelly

Cranberry Jelly


  • 4 1/4 cups cranberries
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar


  1. Wash cranberries and drain.
  2. Combine cranberries and water in large saucepan. Boil until skins pop--and pop they will!
  3. Puree using an immersion blender or food processor.
  4. Add sugar to cranberries and boil until it's almost at the gelling point. (See note below.)
  5. Ladle hot sauce into hot jars leaving 1/2 inch head space.
  6. Wipe rims to ensure they are clean and apply lids and rings. Process in water bath canner for 15 minutes
  7. For my altitude here in Kamloops I need to increase the processing time by 5 minutes. You need to check the altitude for your location and adjust accordingly.

Here’s some information, with photos, about how to test for the gelling point.

UPDATE December 29, 2014

We enjoyed this on Christmas Day immensely and, by the way, it did come out of the jar just as expected! My granddaughter, especially, deemed the recipe a huge success!


3 Comment

  1. Lois says: Reply

    One of the best things about the internet is the opportunity to meet someone who has exactly what you need. 🙂 I love cranberry sauce and recently the granddaughters decided they like it along with their father’s. I never had a recipe to make my own, but thanks to you now I do. 🙂 I’ll be back to read more soon.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, Lois. I’m delighted that you found something useful here. The cranberry jelly was a huge hit with my granddaughter at Christmas–hope yours enjoy it too.

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