Tuesday, November 4, 2008

We LOVE Cranberries

When the Natropath told me several years ago that we need to add astringents to our diet, I was happy to find out that one of Number Two Daughter's allowed foods was especially good for her. We do buy the super sweet dried, sweetened cranberries (our ONE convenience food), but the kids also like to chew on frozen unsweetened ones too. We almost always have some form of cranberries in our house.

Cranberry Juice
14-16 ounce bag frozen cranberries
1 cup sugar
1/2 gallon water

Cover the cranberries and sugar with water and add the rest of the water to the storage pitcher. Bring to a boil, avoid stirring to often. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, strain, add juice to additional water and save the cranberries for sauce.

Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce
add 1/2 cup sugar to the above cranberries, eat warm or cold

Jellied Cranberry Sauce
14-16 ounce bag frozen or fresh cranberries
1 cup water
one cup sugar

Put all ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a boil, simmer for 15 minutes, strain through a medium-fine colander. Add the seeds and skins to your whole berry sauce or compost them. Cool.

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