I'm a cranberry nut. I just can't get enough of these berries. Here are some fun facts I found on the web. Cranberries are one of the only three native North American Fruits (Concord grapes, and blueberries being the others). To the eastern Indians, cranberries were known as sassamanesh. The Cape Cod Pequots and the South Jersey Leni- Lenape tribes called the little red berry ibimi or bitter berry. But it was the Pilgrims who gave the cranberry its modern name. To them, the pink cranberry blossoms resembled the heads of cranes; therefore the word crane berry later contracted to cranberry. Early American sailors carried barrels of cranberries while at sea as a source of vitamin C, much like the British limeys carried limes aboard ships.
- Wash and drain fresh or frozen red-ripe cranberries.
- Combine cranberries and water in a large pan.
- Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and cook until berries burst.
- Strain juice through a fine strainer lined with cheese cloth.
- Sugar can be added to juice to your taste.
- Reheat juice until it is almost, but not boiling.
- Pour into jars.
- Allow to cool before refrigerating.
This is delicious! I felt a UTI coming on and didn't want to take antibiotics, nor do I eat sugar, so searched for a recipe - followed this one closely, except I used the microwave to cook the berries, and I didn't bother with the "bring to a near boil" after sweetening, which I did with NuStevia NoCarb blend stevia powder. Then I couldn't bear to throw out those beautiful, cooked berries, so I added a tiny pinch of cinnamon and about 1/4 cup powdered erythritol and 1/2 tsp. of the stevia powder, microwaved 2 minutes, stirred and microwaved another 2 minutes - ta da, cranberry jam! My husband will LOVE this on his toast!
Thanks for the recipe. My bag of cranberries was only 12 oz., but even so I used the full quart of water and it still came out very strong. I even added extra water before drinking. I sweetened it with Truvia, a erythritrol/stevia sweetener. I pressed down on the berries in the sieve so I got some very fine pulp in the juice, which is a good thing in my book. Made to treat a UTI. I think I feel relief already! Thanks again.
Cranberries are abundant in this neck of the woods, and I always have a large bag or two in the freezer, thanks to Costco. This is cheaper than buying the commercial stuff and I can control the sweetener. No high fructose corn syrup for me! I used my first batch in some hot spiced cranberry cider. Thanks for this keeper. P.S. Be sure to use a non-aluminum pan. :)