Why do people serve cranberry sauce with turkey? Because they cran! All jokes aside, cranberries are good for much more than just the sauce.
Did you know that cranberries can float? That’s because they are 90% water. Right before cranberries are harvested, they are flooded with about 18 inches of water and they pop right up to the surface. Heavy-duty farm machines then gather and prepare them for processing. Cranberries are available fresh, frozen, canned, dried, or as 100% juice. Check out the Top Ten Ways to Enjoy Cranberries from fruitsandveggies.org.
Cranberry sales increase during the holiday season. Close to 80 million pounds of cranberries are consumed the week of Thanksgiving alone! Cranberry sauce is easy to make. Heat 2 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar in a saucepan. Once the mixture starts to boil, add 1-pound of fresh or frozen cranberries. Return to a boil and continue to boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and pour into a bowl to be refrigerated for 3 hours or until chilled.
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Let us know what new ways to use cranberries you discover. Enjoy!