Whole Cranberry Sauce

Homemade cranberry sauce is the perfect complement to turkey during the colder months of the year-whether it’s a holiday or not!


  • 8 cups (2000 ml) fresh cranberries
  • 4 cups (1000 ml) water
  • 4 cups (1000 ml) granulated sugar


  • Place 6 clean 500 ml or 12 clean 250 ml mason jars on a rack in a boiling water canner; cover jars with water and heat to a simmer (180°F/82°C). Set screw bands aside. Heat SNAP LID® sealing discs in hot water, not boiling (180°F/82°C). Keep jars and sealing discs hot until ready to use.
  • Wash cranberries; drain. Combine sugar and water in a large stainless steel saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil; boil 5 minutes. Add cranberries. Return mixture to a boil; continue cooking without stirring until skins burst.
  • Ladle hot sauce into a hot jar to within 1/2 inch (1 cm) of top of jar (headspace). Using nonmetallic utensil, remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if required, by adding more sauce. Wipe jar rim removing any food residue. Centre hot sealiing disc on clean jar rim. Screw band down until resistance is met, then increase to fingertip tight. Return filled jar to rack in canner. Repeat for remaining sauce.
  • When canner is filled, ensure that all jars are covered by at least one inch (2.5 cm) of water. Cover canner and bring water to full rolling boil before starting to count processing time. At altitudes up to 1000 ft (305 m), process –boil filled jars – 250 ml jars: 10 minutes; 500 ml jars – 15 minutes.
  • When processing time is complete, remove canner lid, wait 5 minutes, then remove jars without tilting and place them upright on a protected work surface. Cool upright, undisturbed 24 hours; DO NOT RETIGHTEN screw bands.
  • After cooling check jar seals. Sealed discs curve downward and do not move when pressed. Remove screw bands; wipe and dry bands and jars. Store screw bands separately or replace loosely on jars, as desired. Label and store jars in a cool, dark place. For best quality, use home canned foods within one year.