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Jennifer A. Wickes
Mmmm! Cranberries! Every time I see cranberries, I just know the holiday season
has started! It reminds me of cold weather, family time and carefree moments
as a child. You can find them in baked goods, in sauces, as drinks, cooked
with meat, or even strung up with popcorn to go on a Christmas tree! But
what do you really know about
Cranberries are grown in huge sandy bogs off of vines in Northern Europe and in some of the northern United States. They are harvested in September and October, yet their peak-selling season is between Halloween and Christmas!
When taking home your package of cranberries, throw out any shriveled or discolored cranberries. They should then be wrapped tight and stored in the refrigerator for approximately 2 months or even in the freezer for up to a year!
Cranberries are very high in Vitamin C, and can help in the treatment of bladder infections.
Due to the fact that cranberries are extremely tart, they are usually combined with another fruit when cooking or processing. Beware of straight cranberry juice as a lot of sugar may have been added to make the juice more palatable!
The following recipe I have made during Christmas for potluck Christmas parties. It has always been a hit!
CRANBERRY-ORANGE WALNUT SCONES
Preheat your oven to 425 and butter a baking sheet. In a large bowl,
Gather the dough together and place on a floured work surface. Knead
Makes 16 scones.
My mother used to make this next recipe for a Christmas auction every
CRANBERRY SAUCE WITH BOURBON
12 oz. fresh cranberries
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Stir ingredients together. Place in
Store in a refrigerator indefinitely.
HOT CRANBERRY PUNCH
12 cups cranberry juice cocktail
Combine all the ingredients in a large Dutch oven, and bring to a
Reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain the juice mixture, and
Serving Size: 1 cup
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