Fresh Cranberry Recipes & Crafts

Fresh red cranberries in wooden bowls with spices and pine branchesNow is the season for Wisconsin’s number one fruit crop, cranberries!  @1800 staff member Lori shares her favorite cranberry recipes and crafts.

  •  Cranberry-Maple Syrup:  Simmer cranberries in maple syrup for about 3 to 5 minutes or just until they pop open.  Remove from heat and stir in butter until melted.  Serve warm over pancakes, waffles or oatmeal.
  • Cranberry Sangria:  Simmer 2 cups of cranberries with 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar until cranberries break open (about 5 minutes).  Cool and pour through a mesh strainer, gently squeezing out juices from the berries.  Mix the cranberry juice with 1 cup of orange juice, ½ cup of brandy and a bottle of red wine.  Serve chilled over ice or warm.  Garnish with orange slices, candied ginger or cinnamon sticks.
  • Cranberry Vinaigrette:  Puree ¼ cup of cranberries or so in a food processor until smooth.  Then add your favorite balsamic or citrus vinaigrette recipe ingredients and process until well blended.  Use over a salad with oranges, apples or chicken.  It can also be used as a condiment for a turkey wrap or on a turkey burger.

Fall and Holiday Decorations:

  • String onto a needle and thread.  Tie around napkins to use as a napkin ring.
  • String onto beading wire and form into a circle.  Tie a bow onto the circle to make a wreath ornament or form into a heart.  Decorate your Christmas tree, a platter of cookies or top a cake.
  • Line a rectangular or square plate with a layer of cranberries and tuck tea light or votive candles among the berries to use as a centerpiece.  Decorate the plate with little pine cones, star anise, fresh herbs or pine branches.
  • Fill a clear vase, wine glass or canning jar with cranberries.  Fill ¾ full with water and arrange fresh flowers in the container.  You can also partially fill the container with cranberries and use as a candle holder or add cranberries to a floating candle display.

 Which is better: fresh cranberry relish or canned, jellied cranberry sauce?

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