How To Make Apple Cranberry Preserves


There’s nothing quite as delicious on toast as homemade fruit preserves. Among the more flavorful varieties is apple cranberry preserves. This delicious spread combines the sweetness of apples with the tart, distinct flavor of cranberries to make a spread that is amazing on toast, crackers or combined with cheese.

Step 1

Peel, core and slice the apples. Use a knife to cut away any remaining seeds or bruised patches.

Step 2

Clean the cranberries thoroughly and set them aside.

Step 3

Wash and sterilize the mason jars and lids in the dishwasher using the sterilize setting. If you do not have a sterilize setting, boil the jars for 10 minutes and the lids for 5 minutes in the large cooking pot.

Step 4

Combine the apples and cranberries in the large cooking pot. Add just enough water to cover the fruit.

Step 5

Calculate the necessary sugar by using 3/4 cup of sugar to 1 cup of fruit.

Step 6

Pour in the pectin and mix the preserves until the juice thickens.

Step 7

Place a jar funnel over a mason jar and ladle the preserves into the jar.

Step 8

Seat a lid onto the top of the jar and close it tightly with the ring.

Step 9

Place the jars into the water bath canner and boil for 10 minutes to kill any remaining bacteria.

Step 10

Remove the jars from the water and leave to cool. Store in a dark, cool place. The preserves should remain good for one year.

Things You'll Need

  • Apple peeler
  • Apple corer
  • Apple slicer
  • Apples
  • Knife
  • Cranberries
  • Mason jars with lids
  • Large cooking pot
  • White sugar
  • Pectin
  • Large plastic cooking spoons
  • Jar funnel
  • Water bath canner


  • “Preserving Summer’s Bounty: A Quick Guide to Freezing, Canning, Preserving, and Drying What You Grow”; Rodale Food Center and Susan McClure; 1998
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