I’m excited and thankful for wholesome cranberries. These delightful berries are extremely plentiful during the fall and winter months. As a result, the cost for them is somewhat inexpensive. And, it’s during this time that I try to extend the use of them throughout the calendar year. Thankfully, these berries can be stored in the refrigerator for approximately three months and in the freezer for up to a year.
Based on scientific studies, cranberries are loaded with great amounts fibers, vitamins, antioxidants, and other essential nutrients. Because of their health properties, they are excellent for good heart health in that they lower the bad cholesterol (LDL) in the body. Also, they aid in preventing the sticking of bacteria to the bladder. Thus, they play a big part in warding off urinary tract infection (UTI).
For me, I love the versatility of fresh cranberries. Some of the ways I like to use them are:
- Sauce – There is no need to purchase the store-bought version when I can whip up a home-made version. It takes virtually ten minutes to come up with this tart/sweet treat. With a sprinkle of a little sugar a great sauce can be made to be had with turkey and chicken. In addition, it’s great on toast, crackers or with cottage cheese.
- Martini (Alcoholic or non-alcoholic) – A refreshing drink can be had by simmering some in a stockpot. Cool and place in blender with water. If desired add a little grated ginger and squeeze of lemon. Sweeten with sugar to taste. Place a portion in martini shaker with ice along with vodka, gin or rum. Shake and serve in glass along with olives.
CRANBERRY MARTINI WITH OLIVES
- Topping for Ice-cream – Ice-cream can be livened up and become more interesting by topping cranberry sauce as a tart yet sweet topping. I tried that a few days ago and the flavors and tastes set my palate on over-drive.
Guys, I’ve some more sauce on hand. I know what I’ll doing with same. Come Thanksgiving morn, I’ll be making some pumpkin/banana waffles. You guessed….instead of store-bought syrup, I’ll be topping and spreading fresh cranberry sauce.
Hmm, I can’t wait! Guys, as always, be kind to your loved-ones as well as your beautiful palates. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!