October is National Cranberry Month! Check out these cranberry tips and recipes to add a pop of color and flavor to foods and beverages!
Storage and Preparation
Peak cranberry season is from October-December. Fresh cranberries should be stored in the refrigerator, preferably in a crisper for about three to four weeks. Cranberries freeze very well, either whole or sliced. When sealed in an airtight container, frozen cranberries will keep for up to nine months.
Cooking with cranberries. Shortly before use, rinse fresh or frozen cranberries and throw out any that are shriveled or bruised. Cranberries are good for both cooking and eating raw. If raw cranberries are too tart, cook them before eating. One method is to cook them in a pot of water for 10 minutes on medium heat or until the cranberries pop. If cooked longer, they will taste bitter.
Cranberries are versatile and can be combined with many other flavors. Try mixing cranberry juice with other juices such as apple, orange or grape. Dried cranberries can be added to nuts, trail mix, granola, oatmeal, or even chicken salad. Fresh or dried cranberries work well in quick breads such as muffins, sweet breads, and yeast breads. These berries also work well in pies, cobblers, chutneys, salsas, and relishes.
Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Cranberries
Baked Apples with UMPH! Add cranberries to baked apples.
Cranberry Ice! Put cranberries in the bottom of a bunt pan, add water and freeze. The result? A decorative floating ice ring to spice up any holiday punch.
Make Your Own Mix. Save some money and create your own trail mix. Combine dried fruit, grains, nuts, and maybe even a little dark chocolate … the possibilities are endless!
Raw Relish! Cranberries, apples and oranges make this relish not only a perfect side to any meal but a great topping for sandwiches. Watch Our Video on
Cranberry Decor. Use with cut or silk flowers as a decorative vase accent, or add to holiday popcorn strings.
The Saucy Standby! Hooked on the cranberry sauce holiday tradition? Break away! This holiday favorite can accompany more than just turkey! Enjoy all year long.
After-School Snacks. Cranberries are just one of many healthy snacks you can give your kids when they come charging through the door.
A Hearty Handful. Toss a little extra flavor and texture atop your oatmeal or cold cereal in the morning, or grab a handful of cranberries for a quick snack!
Cranberries and Cookies? Absolutely! Add dried cranberries to your favorite cookie recipe for a quick holiday makeover.
Cran-Apple Pie. Surprise your taste buds and toss a handful of fresh or dried cranberries into your favorite apple pie recipe before adding the top crust.