Sticky Notes - Crazy For Cranberries!

Crazy For Cranberries!

December 8, 2021 by Emily Moore

Eat. Drink. CRANBERRY!

Currently in-season and typically on sale after Thanksgiving, cranberries provide vitamins C and E, manganese, AND antioxidants. And here’s a little factoid about fresh, ripe cranberries: they BoUnCe! (Weird, but true.) You can learn more about this marvelous fruit here.

 

Here are two highly giftable, kid-friendly recipes to help you share the cranberry love! Both recipes require about 5 mins to prep, 5 mins to cook, and 1 hour to rest. 

Cranberry Jam

Cranberry jam is quick and easy to make. Why? Because cranberries contain pectin. Most jam recipes call for pectin as a thickener, but since cranberries naturally contain pectin, you get to skip this step! 

Gift cranberry jam with a hunk of brie or a stack of crackers. 

Ingredients
  • 12 oz bag of cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
Steps

1.     Place all ingredients in a small saucepan.

2.     Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar.

3.     Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally. 

4.     When cranberries begin to POP! (8 to 10 minutes), pull the saucepan off the stove. As the mixture cools, it will thicken.

Cranberry jam will keep for up to 2 weeks in the fridge in an airtight container.

Sugared Cranberries

Sweet-and-tart sugared cranberries are easy to make, and they will totally 'up' your holiday game! Sprinkle them on a grazing board or on a plate of holiday cookies or just eat them straight out of the bowl. 

Ingredients
  • 12 oz bag fresh cranberries, rinsed
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • ½ cup water
Steps
  1. Wash cranberries, removing any that are past their prime. 
  2. Combine ½ cup water and ½ cup sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring, until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add cranberries and stir them to coat completely. 
  4. With a slotted spoon, transfer cranberries to a wire rack over parchment paper. 
  5. Let cranberries dry for 1 hour. 
  6. Toss cranberries in remaining sugar until fully coated.

Sugared cranberries will keep in the fridge for several days in an airtight container.​​​​​​​

Hungry for more?

If you’re still craving cranberry creations, try our recipes for Totally Tuscan Cranberry Polenta Cakes + Outrageous Orange Honey Yogurt Glaze + Cranberry Orange Italian Bubbles OR Cozy Carrot Cranberry Cinnamon Rolls + Cran-Cinnamony Drizzle +  Frosty Frozen Cranberry Yogurt

Joke THYME:​​​​​​​
  • What is round and red and goes up and down, up and down, up and down? A cranberry on an elevator.   ​​​​​​​
  • What's the difference between a pirate and a cranberry farmer? Pirates buries his treasure, but a cranberry farmer treasures her berries.
  • What is round and red and goes up and down, up and down, up and down? A cranberry on an elevator.
  • Why was the cranberry alone with the apple? Because the banana split.
  • Why did the cinnamon roll? Because it saw the apple turnover!
  • How do you catch a Swedish fish? With a gummy worm as bait
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