Pickling Cranberries Has Never Been Easier (or Faster)

Cranberries Pickling in Mason Jar

When you think “cranberries,” your mind probably jumps to cranberry sauce at your Thanksgiving dinner. But (surprise!) their tart and sweet flavor also makes them prime for pickling. Follow this how-to and use your cranberries in all sorts of new recipes.

Pickled Cranberries

Yield: 24 ounces

What You Need


  • 16 ounces firm cranberries
  • 1½ cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black peppercorns
  • ½ teaspoon whole cloves
  • ½ teaspoon whole allspice
  • ½ teaspoon (about 2 kernels) whole nutmeg
  • ½ tablespoon (about 1 small stick) coarsely broken whole cinnamon
  • Tools

  • 24-ounce wide-mouth mason jar
  • Chef’n Quickler Preserve Prep Lid Vacuum
  • Tea bag or cheesecloth
  • Kitchen twine
  • Instructions

    1. Pick out and discard any mushy cranberries — firm berries work best for this recipe. Rinse and strain; set aside.

    2. In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the vinegar, sugar, water and salt. Set aside for the moment.

    3. Combine all spices and place them in either an empty loose-leaf tea bag or a piece of cheesecloth. Wrap and tie with kitchen twine. Use a rolling pin to gently whack the spice mixture to crush the spices (this will release their flavor). Place the sachet in the vinegar mixture.

    4. Heat on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally to discourage scorching until the mixture comes to a boil. Reduce the heat; simmer for 5 minutes.

    5. Add the cranberries to the syrup and cook over medium-low heat, uncovered, until the berries are heated to the point where the skins crack, about 5-7 minutes.

    pickling cranberries

    6. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the berries to your jar. Let the liquid cool to room temperature, then pour on top of the berries, leaving ¼” of space at the top of the jar. Remove air bubbles with a spoon, if there are any.

    pressing lid on pickled cranberries

    7. Press the Vacuum Lid down on the dry rim of the jar. Twist the lid at least four times to create a vacuum seal. These cranberries will be ready to eat within an hour, and will reach peak flavor in 3 – 5 hours. When ready, pull the silicone tab to release the vacuum seal.

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