Pickled Cranberries Recipe


These pickled cranberries are the perfect treat with holiday turkey or ham. They also work like a charm stirred into sparkling water.

Recipe Details

Pickled Cranberries Recipe

Active 30 mins
Total 24 hrs
Serves 24 servings
Makes 3 pints


  • Two 12-ounce bags cranberries

  • 3 cups apple cider vinegar

  • 3 cups white sugar

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 1 teaspoon allspice berries

  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves

  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns

  • 1/4 teaspoon juniper berries


  1. Prepare a boiling water bath and three pint jars. Place lids in a small saucepan of water and bring to a gentle simmer.

  2. Wash cranberries and pick over for any stems or bad berries.

  3. Combine vinegar and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Add cinnamon sticks to the brine.

  4. Place allspice berries, whole cloves, black peppercorns and juniper berries in a spice bag or tie them up in a length of cheesecloth. Add them to the brine.

  5. Once brine is boiling vigorously, add the cranberries. Stir to combine and cook for 5-7 minutes, until the cranberries begin to pop and the brine has returned to a rolling boil.

  6. When cooking time has elapsed, remove pot from heat. Pull out the spice bag and cinnamon sticks. Break cinnamon sticks in half and set aside.

  7. Using a slotted spoon, ladle cranberries into prepared jars. Cover berries with brine*, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Place a cinnamon stick segment into each jar.

  8. Wipe jar rims, apply lids and rings and process in a boiling water bath canner for 10 minutes.

  9. When time is up, remove jars from canner and place them on a folded kitchen towel to cool. When jars are cool enough to handle, remove rings and check seals. Any unsealed jars should be kept in the refrigerator.

  10. Let jars sit for at least 24 hours before eating to all the flavors to settle.

  11. *Save any leftover brine. It’s essentially a fruit shrub and is delicious mixed with sparkling water.

Special equipment

canning pot, mason jars

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
83 Calories
0g Fat
20g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 83
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 41mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)