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Old 04.12.2012, 00:41
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Cranberries

A question to the Americans here. I have bought some Cranberries (Herkunftsland: USA !) at Coop today.

I am wondering, am I supposed to eat them raw, chilled or how would they be consumed in the average American household ?

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Re: Cranberries

Raw cranberries are quite tart, bear that in mind.

I use them cooked and raw, depending on what I'm doing - you can use them in millions of ways. For instance:

I make a raw relish with orange and chiles, a more traditional cooked sweet relish with apple, a savory cooked relish with onion, orange and fennel.

Or a sauce - shallots, garlic, wine. Or maybe apple, shallots, calvados - both fantastic with venison.

Or make a sweet sauce - use with crepes, over ice cream, shortbread, etc.

I use cranberries in stuffing (celery, onion, sage, garlic, breadcrumbs).

If my cranberry bog ever gets going, I'll start making jam. Didn't get much of a harvest this year, so I made mixed berry jams instead - cranberry, johannisbeeren, raspberry.

Use them frequently in baking. Depending on the cooking time of whatever I am making I might simmer them a bit - often in wine or the juice of an orange. Pies, cakes, quick breads. Cookies generally have too short a cooking time for raw cranberries to soften - if I want cranberries in my oatmeal cookies then I use dried.

To eat raw, I usually let sit overnight in the juice of an orange and a bit of sugar, to take the edge off the tartness.

Love cranberries.
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Raw cranberries are quite tart, bear that in mind.
Yeah. I tried some on the way home and almost veered off the road
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Re: Cranberries

LOL..glad you didn't wreck the car! Scandinavian cranberries (lingon) are actually small and rather sweet, but american cranberries are big, tart and best eaten with a bit of sugar. My viking husband likes to put a bunch in a cup with a wee bit of sugar and eat them with a spoon . You can do a lot of things with cranberries and New Englanders have a lot of fun making up new uses for them all the time. Put them on a string with popcorn to make a garland for the spruce trees so the birds can enjoy them (probably too expensive in CH for that but, we sometimes do that when it's a long winter). Make a chutney or jam or I made a really great cranberry curd that I found in cooking light this season that was absolutely wonderful with turkey (and just about everything else) - http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/cran...0400000125440/
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Re: Cranberries

If you bought bagged fresh cranberries (like Ocean Spray brand), there is likely a very easy recipe on the bag to cook them in order to make the traditional whole-cranberry sauce. It will generally involve cooking them with water and sugar on the stove.

If you are preparing turkey for the holidays and you have leftover cranberry sauce, it is really good on a turkey sandwich with a bit of mayonnaise! Enjoy!
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A question to the Americans here. I have bought some Cranberries (Herkunftsland: USA !) at Coop today.

I am wondering, am I supposed to eat them raw, chilled or how would they be consumed in the average American household ?

T.
Hi Thomas,

I was wondering at which Coop you found the fresh cranberries? I would like to find some for making cranberry-popcorn garlands for Christmas.
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3 parts Absolute Citron
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If you bought bagged fresh cranberries (like Ocean Spray brand), there is likely a very easy recipe on the bag to cook them in order to make the traditional whole-cranberry sauce. It will generally involve cooking them with water and sugar on the stove.

If you are preparing turkey for the holidays and you have leftover cranberry sauce, it is really good on a turkey sandwich with a bit of mayonnaise! Enjoy!

I use about half the sugar you're supposed to, and then add the sauce to plain yogurt. It's delicious.
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Re: Cranberries

Cranberry sauce, cranberry-orange-nut bread, cranberry and white chocolate cookies, cranberry and orange biscotti...let me know if you need more ideas
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Re: Cranberries

very timely.
I bought some cranberry juice from Migros on Saturday. It is absolutely vile
Nothing like what I remember buying in Tesco´s. Really thin and watery but icredibly sweet - look at the label I think there was 18g sugar per serving.
Really crap. There must be better stuff out there.
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I bought some cranberry juice from Migros on Saturday.It is absolutely vile
Ocean Spray is still the best IMO. Available at your Getränkemarkt, seen once in a while at the Spar, Volg and Coop.

Or make your own and control the sugar. I prefer to make a cranberry syrup and add water or the juice of an orange... but some like to juice them raw.
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very timely.
I bought some cranberry juice from Migros on Saturday. It is absolutely vile
Nothing like what I remember buying in Tesco´s. Really thin and watery but icredibly sweet - look at the label I think there was 18g sugar per serving.
Really crap. There must be better stuff out there.
Try Aldi's Cranberry and Cassis. The cassis takes a little of the tartness away from the cranberries. It reminds me of Ocean Spray's Cranberrry and Blueberry which I also like. No idea what the sugar level is.
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Re: Cranberries

best thing to do with cranberry is make a sauce for a turkey or chicken.

my favorite- red wine and cranberries with candied ginger and a bit of orange squeezed in there. let them simmer until the cranberries pop and then lower heat and allow to mush slightly. so good!

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