Cranberry Pineapple Mango Preserves


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Much more flavorful than traditional cranberry sauce from the addition of pineapple, mango, cinnamon, and ginger, which sweetly spice and enhance fresh cranberries and made in just half an hour.

Cranberry Pineapple Mango Preserves

I love jelly, jam, sauces, chutney, compote, dips, dressing, spreads, frosting, and preserves. Anything that can be slathered onto something else, I want it. And I’ll take extra.

I enjoy dips and condiments so much that I need to remind myself to have a little food with my sauce.

It’s a bit of a gray area where cranberry sauce stops and preserves begin. Probably near the intersection of chutney and compote, which is equally blurred nomenclature. Titles aside, I think of traditional cranberry sauce as very one-dimensional. Soft berries with no other flavors present, and unfortunately this type of sauce tends to either be ridiculously under-sweetned and I can’t wipe the pucker off my fast enough or it’s very sweet. However, I don’t deem the sweet side of the spectrum to be a true problem.

The texture issue is also an interesting one, usually ranging from a soupy mess to a gelatinous blob. Because of those pitfalls, I never buy pre-made cranberry sauce. And it’s so easy to make anyway: water, sugar, berries, boil.

Cranberry Pineapple Mango Preserves

For this twist on cranberry sauce, along with cranberries, I added pineapple and mango . Citrus tends to complement the tartness of the berries and mango anything is a welcome addition. From a texture perspective, although the cranberries cook down and soften, the addition of the more resilient pineapple and mango help the preserves to stay chunky.

I used frozen chunks of both pineapple and mango and added them without first thawing the, a strategy that helped them retain texture while simmering. Although you could use fresh fruit, in a recipe as this where the fruit is cooked fairly extensively, I save my fresh delicacies for eating out of hand and cook with frozen. Canned pineapple instead of frozen can be used, or swap canned peaches or apricots for the frozen mango, noting that canned fruit is softer to begin with so the finished preserves may have a bit less texture. Mix and match based on what you have and enjoy and I always have plenty of Trader Joe’s frozen pineapple and mango chunks around.

Cranberry Pineapple Mango Preserves

To make the preserves, combine the sugars with water, heating the mixture to dissolve the sugars. I used a bit of brown sugar in addition to granulated sugar because it provides a richer flavor. It caramelizes while simmering and the resulting preserves have greater flavor depth.

Add the cranberries, pineapple, mango, cinnamon, and ground ginger. Because cranberries are so bold, the spices used should be added in ample quantity to stand up to to little red sour bombs. I used decent amounts of both cinnamon and ginger, but quantities are highly dependent on personal taste. In the past I’ve made batches of cranberry preserves and chutneys and have added so much cinnamon and ginger that it’s literally spicy, but that’s not the case here. Feel free to add anything from pumpkin pie spice to cardamom to a splash of vanilla extract, rum, or bourbon.

Allow the mixture to boil at a fairly rapidly for about five minutes. The cranberries will sputter and pop and juices from the fruits will release. The overall volume of the mixture will increase and it may foam a bit. Because of this, use a kettle or sauce pan that’s a bit larger than what you’d think you’d need, taking into account the releasing juices and bubbling cauldron.

After about five minutes, reduce the heat to medium or medium-low, and allow the preserves to thicken and reduce by about half, which will take about 30 minutes. During that time, stirring a few times is all that’s necessary, and you can kind of just forget about it. After the mixture has thickened to your liking, pour it into heat-safe vessels, such as canning jars, a glass measuring cup, or ceramic bowl. The preserves will thicken up considerably as it cools as well as in subsequent days in the refrigerator, so don’t over-reduce it; I wouldn’t go past about 45 minutes.

At this point, you could actually can the preserves using standard canning protocol; sterile jars, a water bath, and process for about ten minutes, but I don’t bother. The batch size is hardly worth canning, yielding just a couple small jars, and I’m too busy to be bothered. I simply put lids on the jars and refrigerate them and consume the preserves within a month.

Cranberry Pineapple Mango Preserves

Scott likes the preserves spread on Honey Dinner Rolls, toast, and crackers. He proclaimed them to be ‘the best cranberries he’s ever had’ and he’s not a cranberry guy.

Sweet and firm mango and pineapple, combined with the tart cranberries, and the warmly spiced punch from the cinnamon and ginger, have me eating this by the spoonful straight from the jar. I stand in front of the refrigerator with a spoon and can go to town. I need to remind myself to have a little food with my sauces and preserves.

Cranberry Pineapple Mango Preserves

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Cranberry Pineapple Mango Preserves with Cinnamon and Ginger

Cranberry Pineapple Mango Preserves with Cinnamon and Ginger

Much more flavorful than traditional cranberry sauce from the addition of pineapple, mango, cinnamon, and ginger, which sweetly spice and enhance fresh cranberries. The preserves are full of chunky texture from the variety of fruits used, and can be made in just over a half hour. The preserves make a nice gift that will keep refrigerated for about one month.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (light or dark), packed
  • 12 ounce bag fresh cranberries (about 4 cups)
  • 1 cup pineapple, diced (I use frozen)
  • 1 cup mango, diced large (I use frozen)
  • 1 teaspoon+ cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • optional spices and flavorings, to taste (allspice, ground cloves, cardamom, pumpkin pie spice; splash of vanilla extract, rum, bourbon, etc.)


  1. In a large saucepan, combine water and sugars, and heat over medium-high heat to dissolve sugar, stirring until it's dissolved. Add the cranberries, pineapple, mango (if using frozen fruit, no need to unthaw it first, just add in the frozen pieces as is), cinnamon, ginger, optional spices and flavorings, and stir to combine. Bring mixture to a rolling boil and allow it to boil steadily for about five minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure fruit is not sticking to the bottom. Reduce the heat to medium-low and allow mixture to thicken and reduce by almost half; this will likely take about 30 minutes, depending on strength of the boil, juiciness level of the fruit, and preferred thickness for preserves. Preserves will thicken up dramatically as they cool, as well as over time in the refrigerator, so don't over reduce and I wouldn't go past about 45 minutes.
  2. Pour preserves into a heat-safe vessel such as glass jars, glass measuring cup, or a ceramic bowl. Covered preserves will keep in the refrigerator for about one month; however, because it was not canned, use common sense with regard to shelf life. Canning the preserves using standard canning protocols, with sterile jars, a water bath, and processing for about ten minutes could be done, but I don’t bother because the small batch size is hardly worth canning.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 849Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 19mgCarbohydrates: 219gFiber: 10gSugar: 199gProtein: 2g

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  1. I tried your cranberry, mango and pineapple preserves recipe…I had fresh pineapple and mango but not fresh cranberries….so I used my dried cranberries instead, I let them cook longer than your recipe because they were dried, and I used my handheld emulsifier to break down some of the big fruit pieces I had but I still left it chunky. Oh my gosh how yummy is this recipe….I had about 12 spoons to wash because I could not quit tasting it lol.

    What a creative mind you have. I then canned it for when we have Brie Cheese on special occasions.. I will be back to try even more of them your recipes and your ideas…keep em coming :)

    1. I love that you were able to take advantage of dried cranberries and then even canned some! I think you’re the creative one :)

  2. Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe. I used peaches and Mandarin oranges but it turned out great. I also added a splash of vanilla as well as spiced rum. Yum.

  3. Hello,
    I love your photography, very beautiful pictures !
    What do you use as a camera for such pretty colors?

    (sorry for my english…)

  4. Besides your honey dinner rolls, I bet this would be great straight off a spoon too! ;) Such a lovely shade of deep red…I would love a pair of ballet flats in this colour. :D

    1. Thanks for the Pin and I pretty much do and did eat it by the spoonful, as is. Or was. It’s gone now. Sniff.

  5. “I enjoy dips and condiments so much that I need to remind myself to have a little food with my sauce.” — were we separated at birth?!?!?! I love love love my dips, sauces, *ketchup*, jams, cream cheese, honey mustards, bbq sauces, honey, etc etc etc. obsessed. I could probably make a meal out of dips. My love for condiments is perplexing to most, but not you miss averie!

    What a creative little twist to cranberry sauce/preserves… mango and pineapple.. two of my fave fruits! you know, i’ve never made my own cranberry suace before -it’s never been a tradition in my family during the holidays, but I’ve tasted my fair share of WAY too thick (almost jello like) sauce and literally liquid cranberry sauce. A nice medium is preferred. chunky, hearty, and cinnamon spiced. this is my kind of sauce. and your suggestion to add rum? i’d so go there. ;)

    1. I could make a meal out of dips! Don’t put me by the spinach & artichoke dip at a party – I can clean out the whole bowl…myself :)

      You’d love these cranberries! Tons of texture, pineapple and mango really add the big chunky textures, and the flavor is cinnamon-ish! And you should make it – takes 30 mins and you will eat like half the batch the first day…it’s ridic good for as easy as it is!

  6. I’m on my fifth batch of cranberry sauce this season. I’m loving it with anise these days.

    I have an entire pinboard devoted to condiments. I eat that stuff with a spoon most days, and yes obviously I drench my food in it too. Always and forever!

  7. YUM! What a delicious looking fall preserve recipe! Have you ever made ebelskivers? This would be wonderful in them! :)

    1. I’m not usually a fan of cooked cranberry sauces but this is pretty good! I like the combo of cranberry, pineapple, and mango. I doubled the recipe because you mentioned it didn’t make very much but now I have 2 quart jars of it. The only change I made to the recipe is I reduced the white sugar by 1/4 cup and it still tastes fine

      Rating: 4
  8. I love love love cranberries! I always buy tons of bags and freeze to enjoy all year long or whenever the craving strikes. :) I made a wonderful cranberry jam last year ( freezer style so no canning ) and I got thumbs up from anyone who tried it.
    Your chutney sounds amazing – the addition of pineapple and mango takes it to an unexpected tropical level. :) Yum!

  9. Averie, this sounds awesome! The pineapple is such a great idea for brightening up the cranberry sauce. Love it!

  10. I have so many leftover cranberries for thanksgiving that I had no clue what to do with it, so this would make a wonderful gift for some of my coworkers who love cranberries.

    1. So glad that this will help you use them up – I find that I get so excited when I see them in the store, I over-buy. And then it’s like..okay…now what…. :)

  11. I love tropical fruit so this is a great combo for me. I generally make my own sauces/dips and salad dressings…most seem filled with chemicals, corn syrup and sodium, but buying the organic version of them can get pricey. I don’t think I’ve ever had a store-bought cranberry sauce that I’ve liked. Homemade is always better! I have been pondering the new oven and have decided to get one with convection capabilities. I’m taking my time in choosing–I plan to have the next one for a long time!

    1. Well that’s awesome you’re able to decide and take your time on the oven; yes, get it with as many bells and whistles as possible b/c you’ll have it for a lonnnnnng time!

      Sodium is the #1 thing I despise in storebought condimetns. 1 tsp or 1 tbsp has like 5 to 10% of the daily RDA…And I need wayyyy more than 1 ‘serving’ :)

  12. I just wrote a long and nice comment and it disappeared into the virtual void… Oh well… Great recipe Averie! I love-love cranberries, this preserve is right up my alley! :)

  13. Bingo, Averie! Love this recipe and absolutely love cranberries. I eat it every day as a snack (no sugar or any other sweeteners added as those in the store are not as tart as the wild ones). I would skip cinnamon (not a big fan of it, sorry) and add cayenne to this preserve. Great tip on using frozen mangoes and pineapples! Thanks! :)
    For Thanksgiving I made something similar (no mango though) and it was a big hit. When I am over with this cold, I’ll post it.
    I owe you a big one, Avery: since I made one of those hot pepper jellies, I am hooked up on that stuff! My friends keep asking me about one of those strawberries and quince with chili jam, if you remember I made while back. :)

    1. It just went into my spam, but I fished it out.

      And that is awesome you’re making pepper jelly – for your friends no less! They are pretty darn lucky! :)

  14. Sauce is always necessary with food, especially when it involves this amazing tropical-fruity combo!

  15. Something about making preserves feels so homemaker-y, I love it! Especially when given as gifts : )

  16. Love a creative way to use cranberries. I made some cranberry sauce with dried cherries, cinnamon, and orange zest the other day. Do you think I could leave out the pineapple and just use mango? I’ve never been a pineapple fan but I bought the best mangos the other day.

  17. I love cranberry anything! I make my own Cranberry Pomegranate Sauce for the holidays every year. I also make and can a hot pepper mustard in the fall from the peppers in my garden.

    1. Cranberry Pomegranate Sauce sounds great!

      As does hot pepper mustard with homegrown peppers – I’d buy it off you!!!

  18. I always thought I hated cranberries b/c of that blob in a can. I realized that I really do like them – especially dried. But I’ve made a “relish” with them as well. So good. I’ve never made preserves though.

  19. This looks great Averie! I love taking a chutney/sauce like this and putting it on my grilled chicken or pork tenderloin. LOVE the contrast of cold and hot! This looks gorgeous!

  20. Ooh, this is exotic, yet so practical because of the simple ingredients. My cranberry sauce experience is limited to 99.9% jellied and my first ever homemade this year. The cranberry is definitely an under-used berry!

    1. Isn’t homemade cranberry sauce of any kind just SO much better than storebought! Glad you’re on board!