How to Make Cranberry Juice

Although it is easy to go to the shops and buy cranberry juice or even to purchase cranberry juice online, maybe you want to try and make your own home made cranberry juice wither because home made juice always tastes better, you can control exactly what ingredients and how much sugar in particular you put into the juice, or else maybe you have access to fresh cranberries or a cranberry bush and you want to make use of them. If you want to know how to make cranberry juice at home then just read on.

Fresh cranberry juice is easy to make and does not take long – all you need if you want to make your own cranberry juice are the following:

  • Fresh cranberries
  • Water (1 cup of water for each 100g of cranberries)
  • Sugar to taste
  • cheesecloth and a sieve

Put the fresh cranberries and the water into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 10-15 minutes or for as long as it takes of the skin of the cranberries to pop.

Pour the simmered cranberry mix through the sieve that is lined with cheesecloth and put it back into the pan. Bring it back to the simmer again and add as much sugar as you like until it is to your taste.

You can also add some other juices to the cranberry mix instead of the sugar if you don’t want added sugar in the mix. Perhaps add some strawberry syrup or juice. Top up the juice with more water if required as this can also reduce any tartness that the cranberry juice might have.

Another way of creating a low calorie light cranberry juice of your own is to use a natural sweetener instead of sugar. There are a couple of products that have come out recently that would be a great alternative to sugar as they are completely natural and have no calories or artificial sweeteners. Check out Truvia as one of these in particular which has a slightly vanilla taste to it:

Home made cranberry juice has many health benefits in addition to being included in your 5 a day fruit and vegetable count. You can also use the leftover pulp to make cranberry sauce or to add to other recipes.

You can also use frozen cranberries with this recipe, just defrost them first.