Cranberry sauce is an important part of a Thanksgiving meal, but there are many other ways to enjoy this fruit all year round. Here are some tips to incorporate cranberries into the diet:
- Make a homemade trail mix with unsalted nuts, seeds, and dried cranberries.
- Include a small handful of frozen cranberries in a fruit smoothie.
- Add dried cranberries to oatmeal or whole-grain cereal.
- Toss dried or fresh cranberries into a muffin or cookie recipe.
- Add dried cranberries to a salad.
This year make your own cranberry sauce.
- ¾ cup sugar
- ½ cup orange juice
- ½ cup water
- 12 oz fresh cranberries rinsed and picked through
- pinch of salt
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 piece of orange peel just use a potato peel or paring knife
- Combine sugar, orange juice, and water in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir to combine.
- Add cranberries, salt, cinnamon stick and orange peel.
- Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently.
- Continue cooking, for about 10 minutes, or until all or most of the cranberries have popped. I like to leave a handful of berries whole.
- Let cool for at least 30 minutes. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
- Can be made up to 3 days in advance.