Cranberry & Port Sauce (and a Giveaway!)

Cranberry & Port Sauce, the perfect accompaniment to your Christmas turkey and unbelievably simple to make.

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Cranberry & Port Sauce, the perfect accompaniment to your Christmas turkey and unbelievably simple to make.

I’m going to admit that in the past I’ve usually bought my cranberry sauce to serve alongside my Christmas turkey, but this year I decided that it was high time I got on and made my own.

I’m in charge of dinner this Christmas and I’m planning to make it as low effort as possible whilst still trying to make quite a few things from scratch. I love cooking and could happily while away a few hours in the kitchen cooking a roast, but that’s not what I’m planning on doing on the big day. I want to be in the lounge with my family and a glass of something delicious, opening presents and listening to cheesy Christmas music 🙂 . The great thing about this cranberry and port sauce is that it can be prepared a few days in advance and stored in the fridge ready to get out and pop onto the table, so no effort on Christmas day. Another great thing is that it’s incredibly simple to make, chuck all of the ingredients into a pan, bring them to the boil and simmer for about 20 minutes – all that’s needed is the occasional stir. The last great thing about it is that it’s yummy, the port adds a lovely rich flavour which I think goes perfectly with the sharpness of the cranberries.

Cranberry & Port Sauce, the perfect accompaniment to your Christmas turkey and unbelievably simple to make.

By luck, on the day I was planning to photograph this recipe a preserving starter kit turned up on my doorstep, a little early Christmas present from Ball Preserving. Their jars are really pretty (can you see the lovely diamond pattern on them in the pictures), which means that you can pop them straight out onto your Christmas dinner table without worrying about decanting them into another dish.

There’s a bit more to the preserving kit than just the pretty jars though, it makes filling and sterilising jars easy and safe (as there’s no need to be handling hot jars) and contains all of the equipment you need. There’s full instructions included but essentially you fill the jars with your hot filling, pop them into the specially designed basket and then boil them to sterilise them, ready to store. I didn’t need to use the full preserving kit for this cranberry sauce as I only make small batches that will be used up quickly, but I’m really looking forward to trying out some of the many recipes on the Ball website as I love homemade jams and chutneys.

Cranberry & Port Sauce, the perfect accompaniment to your Christmas turkey and unbelievably simple to make.

If you fancy giving preserving a try then the great news is that I’ve got one of the preserving kits to giveaway or if you can’t wait to see if you’ve won you can buy it here.

Giveaway – Win a Ball Home Preserving Starter Kit Worth £19.99

To be in with a chance to win this brilliant prize, simply leave a comment on this post answering the question what would you like to make first in your preserving kit (why not take a look through the Ball recipes to get some ideas). Once you’ve commented, log into the Rafflecopter widget below using your email address or Facebook and click on the box to say “I commented”. It’s really important that you do the Rafflecopter bit otherwise your entry won’t count.

Once you’re logged into Rafflecopter you’ll find lots of bonus entry options. None of these are mandatory so you can just do the comment bit if you like, but the more you do the more chance you have of winning this amazing prize.

Good luck everyone x

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  • Closes at midnight (BST) on Sunday 18th December 2016.
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Cranberry & Port Sauce

Active Time: 5 minutes (+ occasional stirring)

Total Time: 25 minutes

Makes about 400ml sauce


  • 300g cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 75g dark brown sugar
  • 180ml ruby port
  • Zest of 1 orange – finely grated


  1. Put all of the ingredients into a saucepan (300g cranberries, 75g dark brown sugar, 180ml ruby port, zest of 1 orange). Bring to the boil and then turn the heat down to a simmer for about 20 minutes until the liquid has reduced to a syrupy consistency. Stir occasionally.
  2. Serve or store in jars in the fridge for a few days.

Cranberry & Port Sauce, the perfect accompaniment to your Christmas turkey and unbelievably simple to make.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 26 kcal (1%), Fat: 0.0g (0%), Saturated Fat: 0.0g (0%), Carbohydrates: 4.4g (2%), Sugar: 3.9g (4%), Fibre: 0.4g (2%), Protein: 0.1g (0%), Salt: 0.0g (0%)

This is the estimated nutritional information per tablespoon. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.

Free From/Suitable For…

  • Suitable for Vegetarians & Vegans
  • Gluten-Free
  • Dairy-Free
  • Egg-Free
  • Corn-Free
  • Nut-Free
  • Soy-Free

The ingredients for this recipe are easily available free from all these allergens. However, please ensure you double-check allergen information for all ingredients.

Cranberry & Port Sauce, the perfect accompaniment to your Christmas turkey and unbelievably simple to make.

I’m sharing this with the following blog challenges… #CookBlogShare with Sneaky Veg, #FreeFromFridays with Le Coin De Mel & Free From Farmhouse and #TheFoodCalendar for Christmas.


  1. I think I’d follow your recipe as it sounds perfect to serve with our turkey on Christmas day!

  2. I would love to make some redcurrant jelly as i have harvested loads from my plot

  3. Date chutney would be my first go

  4. I would love to make strawberry jam and also some apple chutney

  5. Raspberry Jam

  6. Will be using your recipe this year,looks delicious.

  7. strawberry jam

  8. My great-grandmother’s Tomato Chutney recipe. Yum!

  9. I like to make a caramelised onion chutney – now I’m wondering what I could put in that would work to make it a bit boozy!

  10. I love making chutneys so I would make a tomato chutney

  11. I would make some plum jam first

  12. Christine Frankland

    I’d like to try the cranberry also onion chutney. Also chilli jam. Lots of lovely things to make and try!

  13. Love to make some chutneys!

  14. cherry jam

  15. i think i would make some cranberry and port sauce as it would ve fab with christmas dinner x

  16. strawberry jam would be lovely x

  17. I’ve already preserved this year’s crop but I’m looking forward to next year’s (touch wood) raspberry – so it’ll be jam for me!

  18. The Cranberry sauce recipe sounds like a good start to me.

  19. I’d try that cranberry recipe – looks fab! Next up would then be marmalade

  20. The photos here are just *So* beautiful – I saw it on Facebook and the shot of that gorgeous jar sat on a pewter plate just made me think of something you may find on the banquet table in Narnia! I love the look of Ball preserving jars, they are so retro and sturdy for sterilising over and over again. I’d make a batch of my ambrosia jam if I were to win as it’s one that can be made all year round 😀

  21. Caramelised Onion Chutney

  22. Love to make some Christmas chutney

  23. Strawberry jam because its my sons favourite 🙂

  24. Rhubarb and ginger jam

  25. With Christmas just around the corner, I would try making Christmas Chutney!

  26. I am always getting big bags of reduced price bananas so i would make an Indian Banana chutney

  27. it would have to be strawberry jam mmm

  28. Sweet onion chutney

  29. I’ve got a lovely-sounding recipe for sloe gin jam I would try.

  30. a basic strawberry jam, I eat it on toast every day.

  31. Raspberry jam, love it

  32. ooh strawberry jam thankyou

  33. strawberry jam love it

  34. something with mint and tomatoes,thats all I can grow

  35. some caramelised onion chutney

  36. Raspberry jam x

  37. I would make chilli jam!

  38. Spiced Apple Chutney, I have a really great recipe

  39. I’d try pumpkin jam. I always remember my dad attempting to make this and it turned out like toffee

  40. I’d make some raspberry jam. My eldest is really into jam at the moment so I think it would be awesome for us to make some together. 🙂

  41. cranberries

  42. When I was growing up, my family had a market garden and one of the main crops was tomatoes. I’ve had green tomato jam (yum!) but I’ve never tried tomato chutney. Because of that, I’d love to make Ball’s recipe for Sweet Yellow Tomato Chutney – although, if it was to be my first recipe made using Ball’s Preserving Kit, I’d have a long wait until using it as they won’t be in season for a while!!

  43. Definitely Cherry jam! i love cherry anything! Enormous luck everyone!!!

  44. I’d make gooseberry jam as that is my favourite!

  45. I’d start by attempting to make sure Strawberry jam!

  46. I’m making cranberry and chilli jam as presents tomorrow so maybe more of that or some winter fruit chutney! The possibilities would be endless.

  47. Blackberry Jam as we picked loads this year but they are still sitting in my freezer

  48. Used to make jam with mum as a child so would love to do that again – blackberry we used to make

  49. I would make blueberry jam first!

  50. My mum grows strawberries and on her allotment there are loads of blackberries so we would probably make some yummy jam

  51. some plum jelly

  52. Chunky marmalade

  53. Some kind of chutney – difficult to decide what sort though

  54. Looks like a gorgeous recipe Charlotte – love the idea of cranberry sauce with port. And the jars are so pretty. Thanks for linking up with #CookBlogShare

  55. I would make some spicy medlar chutney first as this is the season for medlars to ripen on the trees, followed by Seville orange marmalade.

  56. I think I would make this recipe first, the cranberry and port sauce sounds delicious

  57. I would like to make Tomato chutney and some Strawberry jam

  58. this time of year I would make a christmas chutney

  59. I think I’d try my hand at lemon curd or strawberry jam, our two faves xx

  60. I would make some strawberry jam

  61. I use a lot of Chutneys so I think I’d start with a nice Tomato Chutney for starters!Thanks for the opportunity

  62. Marmalade as we are coming up to the right time of year!

  63. Strawberry jam etc

  64. i think id make raspberry jam first – my fave 🙂

  65. I’d love to have a go at the Curried Apple Chutney

  66. Raspberry jam

  67. I would love to make my own strawberry jam, with my own home grown strawberries.x

  68. My great grandmothers Tomato Chutney.

  69. I would try a raspberry gin jam (I have lots of raspberries left over from gin making and interested to see if this would work! Or be a total mess).

  70. Some blackberry jam

  71. My mother in law makes an amazing date and walnut chutney – I’d get her recipe from her and give that a go!

  72. Raspberry jam!

  73. \Oh plum and dragon fruit jam mmm yummy

  74. Raspberry jam, its my favourite!

  75. Charmian Filewood

    A spiced apple chutney I think

  76. Some rhubarb and ginger jam

  77. Apple & cranberry chutney ~ sounds yum!

  78. My late aunty Audrey gave me her recipe for lemon curd which I always make at this time of year. I make it for me but also give it as presents so the pretty jars would make them extra special!

  79. I would try making some rhubarb jam

  80. Would love to try making a Christmassy chutney

  81. I grow a lot of gooseberries so jam would be good

  82. Strawberry jam

  83. Beetroot chutney, I’ve seen a recipe I’d love to try.

  84. Marmalade

  85. I would make raspberry jam (I have raspberries in the freezer) My Mum makes the best raspberry jam and one day I hope to do the same.

  86. I think I’d make a yummy chutney

  87. Strawberry and champagne jam

  88. I would start with redcurrant jelly

  89. tomato chutney would be lovely.

  90. apricot jam x

  91. I would attempt beetroot chutney

  92. I think I would go for a red onion and apple chutney. I am such a huge chutney fan.

  93. Chutney, my grandma had a great recipe thats been passed down for years

  94. I’m so with you on the low effort Christmas dinner thing! Every year I vow to make things a little easier on myself and then get all carried away and end up spending far too much time in the kitchen and far too little time enjoying myself in the living room with my family! This year, however, it is just the 4 of us and I am determined to keep things easy peasy!!

    Love your beautiful pics and gorgeous styling in this one. Cranberry sauce is one of those things you wonder why on earth you ever bought after making your own, isn’t it? It really is so ridiculously easy and I love how it can be made ahead of time, so no extra effort needed on Christmas Day 🙂 Eb x

    • I cannot believe how simple it is. I always assumed it was more like jam, messing around with thermometers, but it’s one of the easiest things I’ve ever made. Good luck with your low effort dinner x

  95. Cranberries and port are a match made in heaven. Just add a bit of sugar and I AM in heaven, he he!

  96. Strawberry jam first for my girls 🙂

  97. red currant and blackcurrant jam

  98. festive chutney and some strawberry and champagne jam

  99. I think I’d see how I got on with marmalade!

  100. Would like to make some mincemeat for the mince pies

  101. Everyones favourite…strawberry jam.

  102. Eva Martin-Janvari

    It would be my nan’s plum jam. No sugar, only fruit. Delicious.

  103. Plum and chilli chutney with our own home grown plums I froze this year

  104. I think i would make some strawberry jam first!

  105. Raspberry and pomegranate jam

  106. Michelle Ferguson

    I’d make some strawberry jam

  107. Orange marmalade,would be the first thing I’d try to make

  108. I ‘ d enjoy making Blackcurrant and Redcurrant Jam first.

  109. I would make strawberry jam

  110. beetroot chutney

  111. I still have loads of raspberries in my freezer so I would make raspberry jam

  112. I would make some chutney

  113. strawberry jam

  114. Strawberry or raspberry jam

  115. My mom will make mixed fruit jam

  116. I would give it my friend she makes her own jams, elderberry, rhubarb etc

  117. I’d make some sweet chilli jam

  118. I’d love to make some chutney

  119. I would make raspberry and mint jam

  120. Mint jelly

  121. Blueberry and apple jam

  122. I would make some yummy strawberry jam

  123. Strawberry jam

  124. Blackcurrant jam – it’s always been my favourite. x

  125. strawberry jam

  126. some yummy blackberry jam

  127. Probably some winter chutney

  128. I’d love to give pumpkin butter or apple butter a try.

  129. I would love to make strawberry jam, start it simple.

  130. Apple Jam – we always have a glut and not enough room in the freezer

  131. i’d like to try the Basil Garlic Tomato Sauce

  132. Yummy breakfast marmalade!

  133. Strawberry jam

  134. I’d probably make raspberry jam, it’;s my favourite

  135. I’d like to have a go at some damson jam – or maybe greengage

  136. I would make raspberry jam

  137. Christine Constable

    I’d make marmalade because my husband loves homemade marmalade

  138. Blackberry conserve – reminds me of my childhood!

  139. Damson jam

  140. I’d make onion chutney first with the home preserving starter kit.

  141. I would probably make an apple and raisin chutney .x

  142. charlotte Burford

    Sweet Onion Chutney is my favourite!

  143. I would make strawberry jam

  144. I’d love to make some pear chutney!

  145. Would have to be mango chuntney

  146. I still have lots of apples this year so would be making apple chutney and apple jelly before they start to turn. Always looking for ways to handle hot things safely and this looks a great solution.

  147. strawberry jam

  148. I have an entire book on preserving so I would work my way through it probably starting with apple products as they are still fresh and plentiful.

  149. Strawberry jam i think

  150. Strawberry Jam!

  151. I’d like to try making some home-made chili tomato chutney.

  152. Strawberry jam,I grow loads of strawberries on my allotment.

  153. Raspberry Jam!

  154. I love a chutney and my last one is running out

  155. Pickle onions, I’ve got a weakness for those

  156. Would have a go making some jams never done before, sounds fab thankyou

  157. I ave heaps of frozen blackberries from the summer so some lovely jam

  158. I would make strawberry jam

  159. beetroot chutney id love to trt out

  160. Apple Chutney with the surfeit of apples we still have from this years harvest!

  161. I would use it to make various chutneys and pickles

  162. I would make a peach chutney

  163. I would make a tangy Apple chutney because I have dozens of apples growing on my tree right now and would love to try something new.

  164. I’d make marmalade as I absolutely love it!

  165. I’d make strawberry jam x

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