Cranberry facts and general information about cranberries.
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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Cranberries are Available:
Cranberries are harvested in September and October.
How do Cranberries Grow:
Cranberries can be found on vines that grow low to the ground. Where
they are grown is called cranberry bogs. The evergreen vines blossom
in white flowers and 2 months later the cranberries are ready for
What to Look for When Buying Cranberries:
Cranberry varieties are light red—dark red in color.
Cranberry Storage Tips:
Store in fridge or freeze.
How to Cook Cranberries:
Many people drink cranberry juice or cook with cranberries at
Thanksgiving and autumn time.
Usually cranberries are cooked with sugar because they are very sour
or bitter. To use cranberries rinse berries off and use in any
cranberry recipes. Add dried cranberries
to quick breads, cereal or granola.
Cranberry Nutrition Facts:
Cranberries are high in calcium, magnesium, potassium, Vitamin A and
Cranberry Facts- Recipes:
4 Cups fresh or frozen cranberries (1 pound)
2 Cups sugar
2 Cups water
In saucepan heat sugar and water and bring to a boil. Boil 5
minutes. Add in washed and clean cranberries. Boil another 5
minutes. Cranberries should pop open. Take off stove and pour into
serving dish. Chill in refrigerator several hours before serving.
2 apples, cored, peeled and cut in chunks
1 1/2 Cups pineapple chunks
1 orange, peeled and sectioned
1/2-1 Cup dried
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 Cups apple juice
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon salt
In a saucepan, add lemon juice and apple juice. Bring to a boil.
Then add cinnamon sticks, lemon peel and salt. Stir together. Bring
back to a boil. Reduce to low and continue to cook 10 minutes. Set
aside and cool 15-20 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, place apples, pineapple and orange.
Take cinnamon sticks out of juice mixture, then pour juice over
fruit. Chill several hours. Serve.
Cranberry Coconut Bars
1 1/4 Cups flour
3/4 Cup oats
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 Cup butter, melted or softened
1 Cup brown sugar
1 Cup toasted walnuts or pecans
1 Cup shredded coconut
To prepare crust, stir together flour, oats, baking soda and salt in
mixing bowl. In separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar
until smooth. Add to flour mixture and blend together. Mix in pecans
and coconut with a mixing spoon. Set aside 1 1/2 cups of crust
mixture. In baking pan, press remaining crust ingredients in bottom
of 13 x9 inch greased pan. Bake crust for 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Filling:
2 Cups fresh or frozen cranberries
1 Cup dried
2/3 Cup white sugar
1/2 Cup water
In saucepan add cranberries, fresh and dried, sugar and water. Cook
10-15 minutes stirring often. Cranberries will pop open and you can
mash them while you are stirring. Cool slightly then pour over
crust. Sprinkle the reserved 1 1/2 crust mixture you set aside
earlier on top of the cranberries. Bake at 400 degrees 15-20 minutes
until crust is golden brown.