A recipe for Christmas sauce bottles

A recipe for Christmas sauce bottles

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The secret to a stress-free Christmas Day is preparation, and we have all heard the trite saying that failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Whilst this might do little more in an office environment than irritate your co-workers, it is not without merit when it comes to a smooth and enjoyable Christmas dinner. For the full traditional Christmas celebration, there are several meals to plan, including starters, main courses and desserts, and plenty of leftovers to use up. This means that having a range of different sauces to hand can really help to turn an ordinary meal into something special. From bread sauce to cranberry sauce and from sage and onion sauce to salted caramel sauce, both sweet and savoury dishes can be enhanced by a good sauce. In today’s blog post we take a look at a recipe for cranberry ketchup, which is guaranteed to surprise and delight.

Sauce bottles at the ready!

This recipe will make around 500ml of sauce, so be sure to get your sauce bottles ready in advance.


350g frozen cranberries
1 red onion, finely chopped
450ml water
175g sugar
225ml apple cider vinegar
1 tsp salt
1 cinnamon stick
5 allspice berries
½ tsp peppercorns
½ tsp mustard seeds


Put the cranberries, onion and water in a large pan. Cook on a medium heat for around 15 minutes until the cranberries burst. Allow to cool and then pour into a food processor and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture back into the pan and bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 minutes.

Add the sugar, vinegar and salt, stirring to combine. Place the cinnamon, mustard seeds, peppercorns and allspice in a muslin bag and secure the top, then add this to the mixture. Cook on a medium heat for around 30 minutes or until the mixture has thickened.

Remove the muslin bag and allow the sauce to cool. Pour into sterilised sauce bottles, seal and label, and store in the fridge for up to three weeks.

Our range of sauce bottles

Here at Wares, we have quite an extensive range of bottles for sauce to choose from. The 250ml hexagonal bottles for sauce have a certain vintage appeal, whilst the round sauce bottle has a very chic look and will appeal to artisan producers in addition to home cooks.

Whilst this recipe will not guarantee a smooth and stress-free cooking experience this Christmas, it will deliver a great-tasting treat that will liven up that cold turkey and Christmas ham!

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