How To Eat Fresh Cranberries

Using Fresh Cranberries

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I’ve mentioned some of the health benefits of cranberries, and that they are an excellent food to add to your diet.  Cranberries are the ultimate tart berry, being extremely high in citric acid.  Because they are so tart, fresh cranberries really aren’t good eaten out of hand, unless of course, you’re trying to work up some major pucker power!

Buying And Storing Fresh Cranberries

Cranberries are in plentiful supply at the grocery stores in November and into December.  Cranberry and Thanksgiving just go together! 

Fresh cranberries are generally sold in plastic bags.  They can be stored in the refrigerator for weeks, or put them in the freezer where they pretty much keep indefinitely.

Before using the fresh cranberries, throw out any that are off-color, or any that have dried out and shriveled up.  Rinse the cranberries to make sure they are clean, and they’re ready to use.

Using Fresh Cranberries

The simplest way to use fresh cranberries is to cook them up into a sauce.  Unfortunately, because they are so tart, it takes a lot of sweetener and that kind of cuts back on the health benefits from the cranberries.  A couple of really simple recipes are:

 

CRANBERRY SAUCE OR JELLY RECIPE

1 lb. cranberries (about 1 quart)
1 cup water
1 1/2 cup honey for sauce (or 2 cups sugar for sauce or jelly)
Pinch of salt

Pick over the berries, wash and drain.  Place in saucepan with water, cover and boil briskly for about ten minutes.  If a smooth jelly is desired, put the berries in a food processor or blender and puree.  If whole berries are preferred, omit this step.  Add the honey or sugar and salt to the puree or whole cranberries, and continue cooking until eh sugar is completely dissolved.  This should only take 4 or 5 minutes.  The sauce can be served hot or cold.  The pureed cranberry sauce can be poured into a 4-cup mold and will jell on cooling.  This recipe makes approximately 3 ¾ cup of sauce or 3 cups of jelly.

 

OLD-FASHIONED CRANBERRY SAUCE

1 1/2 cups honey (or 2 cups sugar)
2 cups water
1 quart of fresh cranberries
Pinch of salt

Boil honey or sugar and water gently (barely boiling) for about 5 minutes.  Add the fresh cranberries, cover and simmer for another 5 minutes without stirring.  Allow to cool without removing lid.  Makes about 1 quart of sauce.

Also, most bags of cranberries have recipes for sauce right on them, using the amount found in one bag as the correct portion.

Other Ways To Eat Cranberries Fresh

Fortunately, there are lots of other ways to eat cranberries besides in a sugary sauce.  They can be cooked with apples, mixed with oatmeal, made into a relish, used in desserts of all kinds, even ice cream!  So stay tuned for more ideas on how to eat fresh cranberries and for more fresh cranberry recipes.

Comments

  1. Subliminal says:

    What a cool post, thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. justin snell says:

    Hey that’s i found this very help. Tho I wish crnberries weren’t that tart do u think mixing it with other fruits(such as kiwi or melon) or berries(strawberries or blueberries)(looks pretty in my head)would help cut back the tartness?

  4. Roseny liberato de Jesus says:

    Oi gostaria de ganhar uma muda de cranberry,eu achei ela muito linda,e como cultvar,se possivel,obrigada.

  5. wow cool

  6. I was just reading your post on cooking oatmeal in a slow cooker…which I love to do…and this post caught my eye!

    You are right saying they are tart, but the ways you have given, sound delicious!

  7. vitamin C is ascorbic acid, not citric acid

  8. Saleem Ahmad Khan says:

    Is Cranberry available in dry form?

  9. I’ve just cooked cranberries by this way. It’s really delicious. Thank you!!!:-)

  10. There are 2 more species of cranberries, smaller but better tasting imo

  11. Really nice post …

  12. ex - Mormon missionary says:

    i like to crush them and put it in my tea

  13. I like fresh cranberries mixed in my Vitamix with a bit of pineapple and three to four cups of spinach! Delicious and so good for you.

  14. meredith kay says:

    Seems like u really fully understand a great deal regarding this,
    given the name “How To Eat Fresh Cranberries”.
    Many thanks -Kay

  15. Yes! cranberries don’t get enough attention. good food.

  16. I hate cranberries, but maybe I will have to gvie them another try.

  17. Thanks for finally talking about >How To Eat Fresh Cranberries <Loved it!

  18. Valencia says:

    Eating fresh cranberries! Well, I nver gave them any thought beyond a jellied can of them at Thanksgiving. Still not convincced I want to try the tart little boogers.

  19. Zachery Cass says:

    well, they may be good for you, but i Haven’t found any way I like to eat them. just don’t care for the taste. Maybe I need a cranberrry pill.
    Cheers

  20. Cranberries may be healthful, but it’s hard to come up with good recipes to use them. It seems cranberry sauce is the main recipe. But is there anything else?

  21. Hello there! Cranberries are a favorite. I love the tart taste.

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