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Crank up the Cranberries

By Alana Sugar, November 21, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Alana Sugar

Each Thanksgiving I feel thankful for many things, one of which is no more canned cranberry sauce! I loved Mom’s roasted turkey and delicious southern cornbread dressing but not the red blob of jelly-like stuff. Ever since I’ve been on my own, fresh cranberries have graced my holiday table in several traditional dishes. In fact, come November, I crank up the cranberries in just about everything from breakfast to bread to a snack before bed, and lots in between too. Cranberries are one of the few fruits that are truly native to North America. Fresh, frozen, dried or juiced, cranberries are naturally sour and tart. That’s why dried cranberries and some varieties of frozen cranberries may be sweetened. The fresh and frozen varieties are perfect for making cranberry sauce and adding to muffins, cakes and quick breads. Dried cranberries are delicious in hot or cold cereal, as a garnish for salads, in sauces for grains and meats, and baked or roasted with casseroles. Don’t forget to add them to cookies and baked goods, pancakes and waffles, and sprinkle them over ice cream or favorite frozen desserts. Here are some ideas for cranking up the cranberries this holiday season:

Remember, if you are a fan of cranberry juice, Whole Foods Market has the real deal - straight 100% pure cranberry juice (no sugar, fruit juice concentrate or high fructose corn syrup added). It’s tart for sure, but very refreshing when mixed with a splash of sparkling water and maybe a squeeze of fresh orange or lime juice. If you prefer a sweeter version, we’ve got naturally sweetened cranberry juice as well. Are you clever with cranberries at holiday time? Got a favorite recipe? I’d love to know.

 

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Sherri Berge says ...
Before I stuff my bird,...I add 2 cups of fresh cranberries to the stuffing,..make sure you add them right before stuffing,..you dont want red stuffing,...anywayyy,....the juices from the bird during roasting will make the cranberries melt in your mouth with an incredible sweetness,.:)
11/22/2011 5:23:48 AM CST
Vered says ...
I can't help but suggest my whole-wheat cranberry bread! http://healthyrecipesblogs.com/2011/11/20/cranberry-bread-recipe/
11/21/2011 10:30:21 AM CST
Adrienne says ...
I am loving the Whole Foods cranberry compote with apples and fresh cranberries. I bought some yesterday and will put it on a roasted chicken sandwich on prairie bread with lettuce to satisfy me on my train travel to NC on Wednesday.
11/21/2011 10:07:55 AM CST
Susie Bee on Maui says ...
Last year I found out about Nantucket Cranberry Pie, which is actually a cake. I made a lower in sugar and fat version which was stunning. http://eatlittleeatbig.blogspot.com/2010/11/recipe-for-nantucket-cranberry-pie-cake.html
11/21/2011 12:35:28 PM CST
nina adams says ...
Can I buy frozen cranberries at Whole Foods Market?
03/30/2014 9:31:50 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@NINA - Most of our stores should have this option but our items can differ. Check with your local store to see exactly what they have in stock!
03/31/2014 3:48:41 PM CDT
helen kwiatkowski says ...
Do you currently have frozen cranberries in stock? I'm having trouble finding them.
05/13/2014 9:11:42 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@HELEN - Our exact products differ between stores. Call your local store to see if they have these in stock!
05/13/2014 10:54:19 AM CDT
Donald Hild says ...
looking for frozen cranberries. availability in stores, can they be shipped?
06/24/2014 2:52:07 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@DONALD - At this time we do not ship perishable items. Since our products differ, check with your local store to find out when they expect to have these in stock!
06/30/2014 2:41:17 PM CDT
graham mole says ...
Do you know where I can buy either fresh or frozen cranberries here in the UK at the moment. My wife has invented a superb chutney which uses them
08/28/2014 4:41:22 AM CDT