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Cranberries – and Cranberry Equivalents

– Posted in: Food, Tips, Thrills & Tales

Cranberries are such a sassy fruit, don’t you think?  With their bright red color and crimson hue, they are quite an attention-getter.  Typically fresh cranberries are available at your local grocery store from October through December; however, they can be enjoyed year-round in a variety of ways.

Not only are the beautiful red orbs perfect for holiday decorating, they also contain rich sources of health-promoting antioxidants – which combat free radical activity and protect against damage to both cellular structures and our DNA.  This is a fruit worthy of your attention.

When preparing your favorite recipe this holiday season, here are a few equivalents that I think will make your measuring tasks a bit easier:

  • A 12-oz bag of cranberries = approximately 3 cups of berries
  • A 12-oz bag of cranberries = approximately 2 1/4 cups of “chopped” berries
  • One serving = 1/2 cup fresh berries
  • One serving = 1/4 cup dried berries
  • One serving = 3/4 cup 100% cranberry juice

When you wash cranberries, do so in cool water and be careful with them.  They are not as tender as their Blueberry cousins; however, they still need to be handled with care.  Sort through your berries and toss out the ones that are either soft or shriveled up.  Your remaining cranberries should be plump and firm – and display a beautiful deep, red color.

Another characteristic of cranberries that I love is their ease of storage.  Fresh berries can be stored in the refrigerator for months, and frozen ones should be good for a year.  Frozen ones are perfect for recipes that involve cooked berries – such as in muffins, breads, etc.

Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

For delicious cranberry recipes that I have found on the world-wide web, please check out my Cranberry Pinterest Board.  I have a variety of recipes listed – all would be perfect for your Holiday baking.

This Cranberry Oatmeal Cookie recipe is a perfect example.  It is a chewy cookie, with just the right amount of sweetness on top. These are delicious and extremely easy to make!

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