The sour & bitter taste of cranberry juice may deter many from drinking this potent juice. Whereas commercial Cranberry juice is quite popular during the holiday season and is served with turkey, ham, or other high-protein dishes. But that’s not the only use of cranberries, it can be made into sauce for poultry stuffing or cranberry apple pie filling. However, today we are here to disclose How to Make Cranberry Juice from Dried Cranberries, as dried cranberries are easier to store and can be bought from stores. In this blog post, we will show you how to transform those pesky little dried sour & bitter berries into a delicious glass of fruity goodness that goes perfectly with your holiday meal!
I tried to simplify the steps that even your kid can follow and enjoy this healthy homemade drink with friends and family.
Ingredients for stove-top method:
First up, we need to round up the ingredients that are required to make this healthy juice.
- 1 cup of dried cranberries,
- 3 cups of water,
- sugar, maple syrup, or honey (optional),
- 4 teaspoons of lemon juice (optional).
- A saucepan,
- a medium-sized mixing bowl,
- a mortar and pestle or a food processor.
- Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat and then lower the temperature so the water simmers.
- Add dried cranberries to the saucepan and stir until you get a rough paste.
- You can add sweetening agents like sugar, maple syrup, or honey and add according to taste.
- While simmering and stirring, if you boil the water but still have solid cranberries, then add some more water.
- After you get a good soup and most (if not all) cranberries have mostly broken down, let it cool for a while so that you can easily strain the liquid using a strainer.
- You will get pulp extracts on the strainer, so take a spoon and try to strain as much of the juice you feel comfortable with.
- Discard the cranberry pulp and add lemon juice and/or salt, however you like it.
- Let it cool to room temperature or add ice cubes and serve cold.
What if I want to use a blender:
Using the blender reduces the time it takes to prepare the juice.
- Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of dried cranberry to the blender.
- Blend till you get a good paste.
- Transfer this cranberry juice to a pot and add water and simmer for 15 – 20 minutes.
- Add sweetening agent, lemon juice, and/or salt to enhance the taste according to your liking.
- Let it cool a bit, and strain this juice.
- You will get much less pulp with this process, so throw away the pulp or use it as a fertilizer.
- Let it cool and add 2 or 3 ice cubes and serve cold. Enjoy!
What if I have a juicer?
This makes it a whole lot easier but it increases the time to prepare the juice. That is because the cranberries are dry, so you will have to first rehydrate them by submerging them underwater for about 24 hours (that does the trick for me) in a refrigerator.
- After you have soaked the cranberries for about 24 hours.
- Place the cranberries in your juicer and switch it On.
- Slowly add water when you juice the cranberries.
- Add sweetening agent according how you want it to taste and mix.
- Drop 2-3 cubes of ice and have a chill drink!
Some cooking tips:
- Cook dried cranberries in a saucepan with water and simmer until the hard fibers in the cranberries break down and somewhat dissolve with the water.
- Reduce cranberry juice by half to reduce the tart flavor of the berries
- Add sugar or lemon juice to adjust the flavor of your drinks
- You can also soak the dried cranberries in hot water for a couple of hours before cooking them or simply add water to the dried cranberries and let them stand for 24 hours in a cupboard.
- You can also use the same methods for fresh cranberries.
Usually, I end up making more than I need. This leads me to think about how to store them, you can read about “how to store fresh juice” and the best method of keeping them in a glass jar with a loose lid to avoid fermentation. And once they have cooled enough tighten them and put them in the deep freezer for longer storage.
Is cranberry juice healthy?
Dried cranberries contain lots of dietary fiber, Vitamin C, and antioxidants, which are good for your woman’s health, immune system and skin.
What is the difference between cranberry juice made from dried or fresh cranberries?
Fresh cranberry juice has the best flavor, but it is more expensive and must be consumed within 1-2 days. Dried cranberries tend to produce juice that is slightly more tart.
What is the best way to keep cranberry juice fresh?
Cranberry juice must be refrigerated in a clean container with a tight seal. You can also freeze cranberry juice for later use.
Can I make cranberry juice from fresh cranberries instead of dried cranberries?
Yes, you can use fresh cranberries for making juice. You will get the best results if you select berries that are fresh but firm. Keep in mind that your juice will not keep as long as the juice is made with dried berries when you use fresh cranberries.
How long does cranberry juice last once it is made?
Cranberry juice keeps at least two weeks when made with dried berries and at least one week when made with fresh berries.
How many calories are in cranberry juice?
Cranberry juice made from dried berries contains 30 calories per cup. Cranberry juice made from fresh berries contains about 20 calories per cup.
How much sugar is in cranberry juice?
Cranberry juice made from dried berries contains 26 grams of sugar per cup. Cranberry juice made with fresh berries contains 4 grams of sugar per cup.
Are cranberries gluten-free?
Cranberries are considered a gluten-free fruit. They can, however, ferment and therefore should be consumed in moderation by those who have celiac disease.
What should you do with cranberry pulp?
You can freeze the cranberry pulp for later use in making muffins and bread or simply use them as fertilizers.
You should be an expert if you have read the article “How to Make Cranberry Juice from Dried Cranberries?”. Whether you use a simple boiling method, blending, or juicing, you know all the ways and select whichever best fits your needs and time.
But remember, everything good comes when you invest enough time in it. I don’t like to waste the pulp, even though I squeezed the juice out of them. They still have their battery taste which I use to enhance the flavors of muffins or bread. But when I just have a bit too much cranberry pulp I bury them in my garden and the good bacteria turn them into fertilizers.
Well, nothing more to say here – Take a chill pill and enjoy the drink ;).