5 ideas for cooking with cranberries
Cranberries are small red fruits native to North America. They can be found fresh, frozen or dried. They are available all year round, but they are harvested between September and November, which is why they are often associated with winter and the holiday season. Here are a few ideas for cooking cranberries and bringing the holiday spirit into your home.
1. In muffins
Fresh, frozen or dried cranberries can be added to muffins to replace or accompany chocolate chips, nuts or dried fruits. They will bring freshness and a subtle tartness to your muffins. For some inspiration, know that the association of cranberries and orange works very well.
2. To make a sauce
To make a cranberry sauce, simply mix fresh cranberries with sugar and water, bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat until the fruits burst. This sauce can be served with cheese or meat, but it can also be spread on bread, like a jam.
3. In salads
In salads, cranberries add color and a sweet, slightly tangy touch. You can use them dried or fresh. If you decide to use fresh cranberries, simply blanch them in boiling water, then drain and let cool down before adding them to your salad.
4. At breakfast
Cranberries can also be used as a garnish on yogurt, added to oatmeal or incorporated into homemade muesli or granola. In this way, you get plenty of vitamins and antioxidants as soon as you wake up!
5. In stewed meat dishes
There are many recipes that combine meat and fresh or dried fruits, such as pork with apples or rabbit with prunes. Cranberries can also be used in stewed or braised meat dishes and tagines. They go particularly well with poultry, especially chicken, turkey and duck.
With these few ideas for using cranberries, take advantage of the winter season to cook these small fruits grown in Quebec and don’t hesitate to experiment. Their vibrant color and tangy taste will enhance all your recipes in addition to providing some precious vitamins and antioxidants. Cranberries are festive fruits that combine health and indulgence!