Homemade Cranberry Juice



I’ve always enjoyed the fresh taste of making juice from scratch. Whether it be using the juicer or on the stove top, it’s definitely healthier for my family.  And I control the ingredients. I should really make it more often than I do. It may sound like a lot of work, but it’s actually not. Last year after the Thanksgiving holiday, I stocked my freezer with fresh cranberries and now I’m making my own cranberry juice. It’s not too sweet, with a little bit of tartness and it’s really tasty.

Cranberry juice is very healthy for you too. Cranberry juice is a good source of polyphenol antioxidants and phytochemicals, both of which are possible deterrents against cancer and disorders of the cardiovascular and immune systems. That’s a lot of benefits coming from a small fruit.

Homemade Cranberry Juice is perfect to drink alone, added to ice tea, cider, other fruit drinks, mixed with ginger ale or of course that perfect cosmopolitan.

 Homemade Cranberry Juice

Ingredients:

  • 2 12-ounce bags fresh cranberries, thawed
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup sugar

Directions:

  1. Place the cranberries and water in a medium stock pot or saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to medium heat and cover loosely. Simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the cranberries have burst open.
  2. Carefully, strain through a colander lined with cheesecloth or paper towel. Press  softly with a silicone or rubber spatula to extract more fruit juice, but BE CAREFUL not to get any of the cranberry pulp in your juice.
  3. Pour the strained juice back into the stockpot or sauce pan and add the sugar. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Let cool to room temperature before placing in pitcher for the fridge.

** The amount of sugar needed for this recipe may vary depending on your taste and the sweetness of the berries. If you think you may prefer it more tart start with 1/2 cup and work your way up. Remember, to take in consideration that you may be adding it to other fruit juices or other types of drinks.

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Independent Beachbody Coach and Mother of 4 can be found blogging from her home office, while running her kitchen and meal planning business. While maintaining time with family and work, she created Noel's Kitchen Tips teaching families how to make budget friendly meal and healthy recipes. She's blessed to have the opportunity to be able to teach busy moms and families how to use food and cooking as a means of bringing family meal times back to the table and stay fit.

7 Comments

  1. Cranberries have been shown to have powerful antibiotic properties and can be used to prevent or treat a myriad of infections. From bladder infections to gum disease, cranberry can offer a gentle but effective health boost in a tasty holiday dish or refreshing juice drink

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  6. I am really trying to cut my sugar intake down while still being able to enjoy my cosmopolitans 😉

    Have you tried substituting Stevia for the sugar, and in what measurement exchange if you have? I am new to Stevia and not real confident in my substitutions yet.

  7. I can’t say that I’m a huge Stevia fan and have not replaced the sugar with it in this particular recipe. If I make it again, I may either try raw sugar or agave. As far as measurements go, it would be trial and error to find the right sweetness to the bitterness the cranberries can have. A good rule of thumb is to taste as you go. More can always be added later just not taken out. :)

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