C is for Cranberries

It is cranberry season. Yum! I would like to share two of my favorite cranberry recipes and my budding ideas about growing cranberries in my garden.

First, I am sure you understand why I try to eat foods that are well known as cancer fighters. Cranberries are one of these foods. They are high in antioxidants, known to reduce inflammation and are high in Vitamin C. As you know cranberries are tart and not sweet at all, obviously they aren’t really edible fresh. I am searching for more recipes that include cranberries (share your ideas with me by posting a comment). I also try to freeze several fresh bags of cranberries for later use when fresh cranberries are no longer in season.

Here are two of my favorite cranberry recipes:

Cranberry Sauce

1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (you can use store bought but do not use frozen orange juice)

1 cup of honey or sugar (can be reduced by 1/2 but the flavor will not be as good)

1 bag fresh cranberries (sorted, washed and dried)

1/4-1/2 cup water (depending on the thickness you like)

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

In a saucepan combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Once boiling reduce heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Serve in a white serving dish and it will look fantastic on your Thanksgiving table.

Cranberry Muffin Pudding with a Butter/Cream Sauce

Muffin Ingredients

2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

1 Tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 can evaporated milk

1 bag fresh cranberries (sorted, washed and dried)

Sauce

1 stick real butter

1 cup sugar

2 cups heavy whipping cream

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup eggnog (Optional add only if you enjoy eggnog) This add came from this past weekend when we forgot the cream and only had eggnog. We used it and it was actually delicious!

Muffins

Combine all the ingredients except the cranberries. Hand mix. Add the cranberries and mix again. This recipe is best if mixed by hand as over mixing can occur. Using a muffin or ice cream scoop to fill each muffin tin full of the batter. Bake on 350 for 18 minutes.

Sauce

Place all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer on low for 15 minutes.

Serve the warm muffins with the cream sauce drizzled on top. Don’t be skimpy on the sauce.

Adapted from a Recipe from my mother-in-law Susan Stallings

Growing cranberries in your garden:

Finally, here are my ideas about growing cranberries in a home garden. Watch the three YouTube’s below if you are interested.

How cranberries are grown.

American cranberry or high bush cranberry

Growing cranberries in your garden

What I learned from a small amount of research is cranberries do not grow in water but the plants are bogged with water twice a year on large commercial farms. Cranberries make great ornamental plants in containers or as ornamentals along pathways or entry ways. The typical cranberry plant takes about eighteen months before it will produce fruit. There are many varieties of cranberries, one I would like to try growing is called the American cranberry. It is actually not a cranberry but resembles one. It is a bush that can get up to 15 feet in height. I am hoping to try cranberries starting early next spring. Enjoy cranberry season.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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