5 Things to do with those Cranberries

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Did you stock up on a sale of cranberries over Thanksgiving?  Are they sitting in your freezer? Are you wondering what to do with them?  Here are five ideas that aren’t cranberry sauce.

Cranberry apple crisp

Apple cranberry crisp with a topping of oats, brown sugar and butter and flour.


  • 2 cups cranberries
  • 3 cups sliced peeled apples
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons butter, room temperature


Combine cranberries, apples, granulated sugar, lemon juice, and salt; turn into a shallow, buttered 1 1/2 quart baking dish. Combine brown sugar, oats, and flour. cut in butter. Spoon over cranberry-apple mixture. Bake at 325° for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until topping is crispy and fruit is tender.

Cranberry Chutney

  • 2 lbs cooking apples , peeled and chopped into small chunks
  • 1 lb eating apples , peeled and chopped into large chunks
  • 1 lb onions , sliced
  • 1/4 c fresh root ginger , finely chopped
  • 1 tsp peppercorns
  • 2.5 c granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 3 cups of cranberries
  1. Place all ingredients except cranberries in a large heavy-based saucepan, then gently heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 50 mins, stirring regularly until the apples and onions are tender, the mixture has thickened and no watery juice remains.
  2. Add the cranberries, then cook for a further 10 mins or so until just softened but not burst.
  3. Spoon the hot chutney into sterilised jars and seal (see instructions below). Store unopened in a cool, dark place. The chutney will keep for up to 6 months. Chill on opening.

Adapted from http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/8028/apple-and-cranberry-chutney

Add cranberries to your favorite bread recipe or cranberry pancakes

Instead of adding blueberries to your pancakes, add cranberries.

Also try added them into your favorite bread and muffin recipes.

Ginger Quinoa (Cranberry?) Muffins

Cranberry smoothie


Handful of cranberries
250ml cranberry juice
Handful of grapes
400ml of natural yoghurt
Handful of ice


1. Wash the cranberries well and remove the stalks.

2. Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend away until the smoothie is nice and er..smooth.

The grapes will make the smoothie sweeter but are by no means essential!!

Taken from http://utterlyrecipes.com/recipes/cranberry-smoothie-recipe/

Make cranberry juice


  • 1 lb fresh cranberries
  • 5 c water
  • salt
  • 3 orange slices
  • ½ c sugar

You’ll need:

  • a saucepan
  • a large funnel
  • 1 sheet cheesecloth


It’s simple. Make sure the cranberries are fresh and haven’t been sitting in the refrigerator for days.

Wash the cranberries in the sink and put them in a saucepan with water. Add a pinch of salt if you like. Throw in the orange slices as well. But you might want to put the berry and orange pulps aside for use in making homemade cranberry sauce.

Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, though this is a rough estimate. The best way to check is to wait for all the berries to burst.

You’re halfway done. Pour the mixture into a sieve lined with cheese cloth to filter out the solids. Afterwards strain the juice into the saucepan, add sugar, and boil for another two to three minutes. Add more sugar if needed.

Serve chilled.

Borrowed from http://cranberryjuice.com/homemade.html

Written by jeannie

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