Cranberry Compote – Preserve Cranberries

Cranberry compote in a glass

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Welcome to my Cranberry Compote recipe. A fast cooked compote, which will delight you in autumn and winter as a side dish.

I like the red berries! The great heather plant has a unique sourish-harsh taste. No wonder it is very popular. Especially in the USA it is an indispensable ingredient for Thanksgiving.

A real superfood for better eaters: Fresh cranberries are healthy!

So let’s go into the kitchen now and quickly conjure up a great compote. I wish you all the best!


Apple Compote classic style I introduce to you in another contribution © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

1. Cranberry, the large-fruited Berry introduces itself

Cranberries are not cowberries and you can either juice or boil the fruits. Some time ago I had given a recipe for cranberries as part of a development of recipes.


The experimental kitchen used the easily available cranberry instead. Of course the recipe didn’t work, that can happen 🙂 if you use pears instead of apples!

Additional information: Did you know that cranberries can swim? This should make the harvest much easier.

cranberries frisch

Cranberries freshly photographed in a bowl. © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

1.1 Health Effects

The value contribution of the great red fruits to maintaining urinary tract and bladder health was often discussed. In fact, the power of efficacy is still open. Other positive aspects can hardly be argued away 🙂

Fresh cranberries contain a lot of vitamin C, vitamin A and antioxidants!

Kompott auf weißem Teller

The compote tastes really delicious, you can eat it by the spoonful or combine it with yoghurt. © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

2. Preserve Cranberries

Our aromatic wonder berries make a fine compote that will enrich your food on your plate in autumn and winter. You can also add it to your muesli or use it for baking!

And isn’t it wonderful: You don’t need much time and only a few ingredients.

How long do you cook cranberries? The fruits burst open during cooking: plop, plop… That sounds almost like preparing popcorn. Now you can let the compote steep for another 10 minutes and then fill it up.

Cranberries im Topf mit Gewürzen für Kompott

Boiling cranberries is easy. Selected spices complement your preparation and make the culinary difference! © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

List of Ingredients for Shopping and Kitchen Checks

  • cranberries
  • apples (optional)
  • sugar
  • lemon juice and lemon grime
  • vanilla pod and scraped pulp
  • cinnamon
  • star anise
  • cloves
Mark der Vanilleschote

The vanilla pod and the scraped vanilla pulp conjure up a fantastic aroma in your fruit preparation. Promise! © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

2.1 How durable is my Cranberry Compote?

You can store my compote in the fridge for 3 days.

For a larger stock I take this way:

  • I use sterile screw glasses.
  • Therefore I put the empty, heat-resistant glasses together with the lids in a pot with boiling water.
  • My compote has to be very hot in the glass.
  • Then quickly put the lid on it and screw it down tightly.
  • Thus the compote in the glass holds nearly 1 year. – By the way also a great gift and souvenir!

2.2 Variations of Compote, add Apples!

Kranbeeren – so the German designation – can be prepared in different ways.

You can use the berries to make compote, jam or jelly. In the cake they also taste great as a direct inlay.

Here I would like to introduce you to the classic variant of processed fruit.

Spicessugar, cinnamon, vanilla, star anise, cloves, cardamom, lemon peel zest, orange peel zest
Liquidlemon juice, water, sherry, rum, orange juice
Fruit Friendspear, apple, orange
Fits to...turkey, poultry like duck and goose, game, braised beef, camembert, blue cheese, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, chestnuts, rice pudding, yoghurt, cake
Cranberries und Äpfel

The fine berries are perfectly compatible with apples in terms of taste. You can add a few pieces of apple to your recipe! © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

3. Here comes the Recipe

The following is a step-by-step guide for you and the recipe with exact ingredients. Have fun and good luck!

Cranberry compote in a glass
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Cranberry Compote
Preserve cranberries, recipe with step-by-step photos. A professional cooking guide by Thomas Sixt.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time3 hrs 35 mins
Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: German Recipes
Keyword: Gluten Free Recipes
Servings: 2 Persons
Calories: 83kcal
Author: Thomas Sixt
  • 1000 g cranberries
  • 500 g brown sugar I take raw cane sugar
  • 300 ml water still water or tap water
  • 1 pc lemon I use an organic lemon for juice and lemon peel abrasion.
  • 1 pc vanilla pod, the vanilla pulp
  • 2 pc cloves
  • 1/2 stick cinnamon
  • 2 pc star anise
  • Prepare the ingredients.
    cranberries frisch
  • Wash 1 kg cranberries well.
    Cranberries waschen
  • Finely grate the peel of 1 lemon and set aside the lemon peel for further use. Then squeeze out the lemon.
    Zitronensaft auspressen
  • Halve a vanilla pod with a sharp knife. Scratch out the vanilla pulp with a knife.
    Vanilleschote und Vanillemark Nahaufnahme
  • Add the vanilla pulp and 500 g brown sugar.
    Vanilleschote und Vanillemark zu den Beeren geben
  • Break open a cinnamon stick lengthwise with your hand and halve it.
    Zimt - Zimtstange nahaufnahme
  • Add 2 pieces of star anise.
    Anis, Anissterne Nahaufnahme
  • Add 2 cloves.
  • Put all ingredients in a high pot.
    Cranberries im Topf mit Gewürzen für Kompott
  • Heat cranberries, lemon juice, sugar, 300 ml water and spices on the stove. Stir with a wooden spoon while cooking. When the berries burst, reduce the heat and allow to steep gently for about 20 minutes to develop the flavour. Stir at least once every 5 minutes.
    Cranberries einkochen
  • Arrange for direct consumption in small bowls. Remove cinnamon, anise and cloves.
    Cranberries Kompott
  • To preserve the compote, pour it into clean preserving jars while it is boiling hot and screw together quickly. Enjoy your meal!
    Cranberry Kompott im Glas
If your schedule allows it, leave the compote next to the stove for a good 2-4 hours after cooking to mature.  The aromas will develop even better.
Then heat up again strongly. The fruit preparation should boil for a good 3-5 minutes. Then pour into the clean preserving jars and quickly close with a screw cap.
Let the glasses cool down and hide them 🙂

4. Overview of Calories and Nutritional Values

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Compote
Amount Per Serving
Calories 83 Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.1g0%
Saturated Fat 0.02g0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.01g
Sodium 4mg0%
Potassium 128mg4%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 0.2g0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

5. Recipes to match this Dish

Cranberry compote harmonises excellently with the following dishes...
Venison roast
Boeuf a la mode
Red cabbage
Goat cheese salad
Other fruit preparations:
Apple Compote
Apricot Jam
Apricot Marmalade with Jelly Sugar
Strawberry Jam
Berry Fruit Jam
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