DIY Cranberry Juice from Fresh Cranberries

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Serves: 1 quart
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4 c fresh cranberries (about 2 bags)
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 c water (use distilled or spring water for purity)
1 c granulated sugar
1 1/4 c stevia-in-the-raw or splenda, **or**
7/8 c light honey, like clover or orange blossom
additional water to taste

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Susan Feliciano Recipe
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Oak Ridge, TN (pop. 29,330)
Member Since Jan 2011
Susan's notes for this recipe:
I don't like all the sugar found in most cranberry juices, and even those without sugar are usually diluted with apple, grape, or pear juice. If you're looking for pure cranberry juice, whether for health reasons or just plain goodness, try this recipe. I love the fact that you can choose to use real sugar or honey, or Stevia or Splenda to sweeten it, or even half of each, to control the calories.
I have also done this with frozen cranberries, because the fresh are not always available. Let them thaw before using.
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Place the 2 cups of water and lemon juice into a scrupulously clean blender container. Add the 4 cups of cranberries.
Blend on medium-high speed for 2-3 minutes. If your blender is very powerful, 2 minutes may be sufficient. I blended mine for the full 3 minutes. You want to arrive at a thick liquid with no solid chunks. Place the lidded blender container in the refrigerator overnight to steep.
Remove the container in the morning. Strain the juice through a fine mesh strainer into a medium saucepan. Press to remove all juice. Discard any solid material, or use it to make jam (see my other recipe).
Add the sugar (or Stevia, Splenda, or honey) to the juice and heat gently over medium heat just until the sugar or sweetener is dissolved. This will not take long, especially with the calorie-free sweeteners. Do not boil this liquid, just warm it up to aid the dissolving of the sugar.
Remove from heat and add 1 cup of cold water. You may add more or less water, depending on your tastes. Less water will yield a sweeter cranberry juice. I used 1 1/2 cups, and it was perfect for me.
Transfer the cranberry juice to a drink pitcher, and chill in refrigerator before serving. You can also add ice cubes to speed the chilling process.

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user Deb Crane songchef - Aug 4, 2012
Saved to try soon!
user Carol Junkins CarolAJ - Aug 4, 2012
I am saving this as well Deb ~ would love to try it !!!!
user Deb Crane songchef - Aug 4, 2012
LOL.... I knew you would Carol! ;) I love cranberry too! Bonus, that you can then make Susan's Jam, that also sounds amazing! :) 2 for one recipe!
user Susan Feliciano frenchtutor - Aug 4, 2012
Yes, and no waste at all. I hate throwing away food - would much rather find a good use for it.

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