Cranberries: Not Just for Thanksgiving Anymore

@Raelove (16820)
Saco, Maine
July 10, 2017 8:09am CST
A few months ago, I bought a bag of fresh cranberries that were on sale at the Asian market. Cranberries last forever in the freezer, so there they went and stayed till the other day when I decided to do something with them. But what that was, I still did not know. What I did know was that I wanted to make something I would actually use, so I decided to try my hand at making jam with them. The first time I cooked them, I used water and just a cup of sugar. That resulted in softened cranberries swimming in a thin runny sauce. I realized that to make jam, I'd need more sugar. So I added another cup or so and cooked them again. In no time at all, the mixture coated my spoon, so I knew it had reached the jelly stage. I tested a small amount on a cold surface, and voila! I had jam! I could have used the cranberries to make bread or muffins. But I am trying to cut back on that type of thing. I also could have made whole cranberry sauce, which was my original intention. But there again, that would have sat around forever for what little of it I would have actually eaten. Now I have a nice thick homemade jam to put on my toast and peanut butter in the morning for breakfast. Of all the jams and preserves I've seen on supermarket shelves, I don't think I've ever seen cranberry. And considering how good this tastes, I'll be making it again! (Photo is mine.)
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• United States
10 Jul
I love cranberries at any time of the year.
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@Raelove (16820)
• Saco, Maine
10 Jul
Oh so do I.
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• United States
10 Jul
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@celticeagle (117156)
• Boise, Idaho
10 Jul
Does sound good. I wonder if blueberries and cranberries would make a good mix. Cranberries are so tart and blueberries are so sweet. THey might make a good combo.
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@Raelove (16820)
• Saco, Maine
11 Jul
I don't see why not.
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@celticeagle (117156)
• Boise, Idaho
12 Jul
@Raelove .......Will have to try this.
@Hate2Iron (7664)
• Canada
10 Jul
We haven't bought any in a long time because we don't eat meat very much any more, but when we were eating turkey or chicken, I always made my own cranberry sauce. It could't be too sweet!!
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@Raelove (16820)
• Saco, Maine
10 Jul
I don't eat much meat either, but this is great on toast!
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@Hate2Iron (7664)
• Canada
14 Jul
@Raelove I have never tried it on toast... but it just might be next of my list. It would have a nice tang... hate things that are toooo sweet!
@Corbin5 (99594)
• United States
10 Jul
That cranberry jam sounds wonderful. I do not believe I have tasted cranberry jam.
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@Raelove (16820)
• Saco, Maine
11 Jul
It's like cranberry sauce out of a can only much sweeter and thicker due to the sugar content. But you need very little of it to get the flavor.
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• Ponce De Leon, Florida
10 Jul
There's a little place in Portland Oregon that used to carry cranberry jelly.
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@Raelove (16820)
• Saco, Maine
10 Jul
I've never seen it here. I'll have to make it a point to look in the specialty shops.
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@jstory07 (65373)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 Jul
Cranberry jelly sounds nice. How does it taste.
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@Raelove (16820)
• Saco, Maine
11 Jul
It's delicious! It's really a jam, as I left all the whole cranberries in it. Now I don't have to buy store-bought jam which I don't really care for.