- 1 lb or 500gms of fresh cranberries (frozen ones are fine too)
- 1 quart of water
- Sugar to taste
- Start with the cranberries. Whenever you buy frozen cranberries that are red and ripe, drain them first. Since they are frozen, keep them in the normal water for some 15 minutes till they soften up. This helps before cooking them straight. If you are up for shopping some fresh ones instead you will get them in plastic bags. This allows them to be kept fresh for one to two months. Pour them into a sieve, wash them under normal water or cold water and rinse them well. This is a preparatory step. Once you have ready the cranberries, you are ready to go.
- Take a large pan. You add the water to it and the berries and bring them to boil. Adjust the flame to medium heat before doing so. Allow the berries to burst inside when cooking. This should be done at reduced heat after they have boiled once. Now, bursting isn’t anything violent, but they will all open up and begin to mix. Stir it occasionally. Allow it to cool down now.
- Strain the juice. After it is done. Take a strainer and line it with cheesecloth or very fine muslin cloth. This acts as a fine strainer. Pour the whole contents of the above pan after they have cooled down.
- Add sugar. Stir in the sugar that you wanted to add as per your taste and let it mix well. Reheat the juice now at medium heat but without boiling. Cool it down and store in the refrigerator.
- It is for storing cranberries. If you wish to store some of the berries, be sure to keep them in air-tight plastic. Also throw away any that seem to be going bad because one or two can spoil the entire bunch.