8 surprising uses for cranberries

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By: Leanne Ely

 

Not only are they gorgeous, but cranberries are full of nutrition: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, potassium, iron, magnesium and folate. They also contain antioxidants and phenols that can protect you against all kinds of things, including urinary tract infections.

Since it’s cranberry season, you should stock up on as many of these gorgeous (tart) red orbs as you can. Don’t forget that cranberries freeze beautifully, so buy them now when they’re nice and fresh, and store as many as you can for the winter!

You might not realize it, but there are all kinds of uses for cranberries outside of turkey!

Here are 8 surprising ways you can make use of cranberries:

•Toss 1/3 cup of cranberries to your next smoothie. This measurement will make sure the tartness of the berries won’t totally overpower the drink.
•Smash some cranberries in your cocktails to take down the sweetness a bit.
•Shake things up by adding a cup of cranberries to your next apple pie.
•Add a few cranberries to your breakfast in your oatmeal or yogurt.
•Make your cranberries savory, and roast them with some shallots and a couple cloves of garlic.
•Chop a handful of cranberries into your favorite spicy salsa.
•Boil your cranberries in water with a bit of added honey. This will give you a lovely reduction to serve over pancakes or waffles.
•Puree a cup of cranberries, and whisk them into a your favorite balsamic vinaigrette for a healthy, delicious and beautiful salad dressing.

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10 Responses

  1. I once had the best recipe for cranberry meatballs, but unfortunately lost it. Do you, or does anyone, have a good recipe for these? Thank you.

    1. I don’t have a recipe, but will write that blueberries can be incorporated whole into burgers. It makes the burgers deliciously moist and the taste is not noticeable.

    2. The caterer served them at my daughters wedding. Just make your meatballs, (cook) pour a can of whole cranberry sauce over and continue cooking until the cranberries melt into a sauce. I don’t use canned cranberries anymore, but make my own sauce of cranberries, oranges and honey for the sweeter. Thanks for the idea! Going to have these this weekend.

  2. I always put in a handful of cranberries when I’m braising pork tenderloin on the stovetop. I add them with sliced onion and sliced fresh pears or apples. You can use water or orange juice for the braising liquid.

  3. My mom always combined a can of cranberry sauce with a can of beef broth and a pkg of dry onion soup, then poured it on top of the braised pot roast waiting in the pressure cooker…

  4. They are BEAUTIFUL whole & fresh in water in a clear vase or candle holder, even if you have twigs or an arrangement in the vase!

  5. I add a cup of cranberries to my banana nut bread. Gives it a nice tart pop with the sweet. I also boil a cup of water, a cup of Splenda and a 12-ounce bag of cranberries until the berries begin to pop. Makes a great cranberry sauce for turkey, pot pie, yogurt or breakfast with waaaaay fewer calories and the goodness of whole cranberries.

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