Easy Cranberry Jelly

Cranberry Jelly
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1 quart or 4 cups of cranberries
2 cups sugar
2 cups water


  1. In a heavy saucepan, simmer cranberries in the water for 20 minutes or until soft. Optional: If you want super-smooth jelly, transfer to a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve or jelly bad, pushing the sauce through with a spatula. 
  3. Return to the stove. Stir in sugar. 
  4. Stirring, bring to a rolling boil over high heat and cook for about 5 minutes. 
  5. Pour into a wet molds or sterilized jelly jars immediately as jelly hardens quickly.

Refrigerate to set completely. Enjoy!

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Cranberry Jelly question

How much liquid cranberry juice to 2 cups of sugar?

how to make cranberry jelly

The Editors's picture

If you follow the directions, the amount of juice will be sufficient. Good luck.


How long does this keep? How can I process this to store it?
I'd like to make it, but just can't eat it all in a couple of weeks. Thanks for your help!!

canning cranberry jelly

The Editors's picture

Hi, Laura. This will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. But if you want to can it, then process it in a hot water bath for 15 minutes.