All about Cranberries

By: Samantha Sherman

Cranberries

Cranberries are small, round, vibrant red colored, and tart, yet delicious fruits. Cranberries fall into the berry classification of fruit, they are also native to North America. Wisconsin actually grows the most cranberries in the USA. Stevens, Ben Lear, Howes, and Black Early are all different types of cranberries. If eaten whole, cranberries can help your cardiovascular system and liver. They are also rich in antioxidants. 95% of cranberries are processed to make juice or sauce. The third most popular cooking method for them is infusing then into baked goods such as cookies.

Recipes

Ginna's Cranberry Cookies

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups flour

1 cup rolled instant oats

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

2/3 cup white sugar

2/3 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup dried cranberries

1cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)

1 cup softened butter

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

Directions

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees

Mix all ingredients together and drop by spoon full on parchment

Bake 8 to 10 minutes until edges start to brown

Cranberry Nut Bread

Ingredients

2 cups all purspose flour

3/4 cups white sugar

3/4 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 cup chopped cranberries

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1 egg

2 tbs vegetable oil

3/4 cup orange juice

1 tbs orange zest

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Add the cranberries and walnuts, and stir to coat with flour. Mix together the egg, oil, orange juice, and orange zest. Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture, and stir until just blended. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 50 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack, and cool completely.

Apple Walnut Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/4 cup cranberries

1/4 balsamic vinegar

1 cup red onion, chopped

1 tbs white vinegar

1 tbs Dijon-Style prepared mustard

1 cup vegetable oil

salt and pepper to taste

10 cups mixed salad greens, rinsed and dried

2 Red Delicious apples thinly sliced

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spread the walnuts out on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly toasted.
  2. In a food processor, combine the cranberries, vinegar, onion, sugar, and mustard. Puree until smooth; gradually add oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  3. In a salad bowl, toss together the greens, apples, and enough of the cranberry mixture to coat. Sprinkle with walnuts, and serve.