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Feb 15, 2005 06:47 PM

Freezing Cranberries

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I've some leftover cranberries that I was going to freeze for later. I was going to rinse them before freezing them, but is there a reason I shouldn't? Just freeze them as is, and rinse after thawing them?


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  1. I don't see anything wrong with rinsing them before freezing, but I never do. I do rinse and pick over them before cooking, but they're still pretty much frozen when I put them on to cook.

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    1. re: Pat Hammond

      They are best used straight from freezer, not thawed then used. As such, I guess I'd wash before freezing. I've never done this (always rinsed before using, but then they form an ice layer).

      I've never thought about it before, so thanks. From now on I will wash first.

      Depending on your use, thawing creates a mess, as the ice crystals break down the firmness. Hence, for baked goods, I like them best without thawing.

      1. re: SteveT

        If you do wash them you would have to get them completly dry before freezing, otherwise you'll not be able to use just a portion at a time. Becca

        1. re: Becca Porter

          Hi. I pick through them to remove the mushy ones, rinse them, lay them out on a tea towel to dry, then freeze them in whatever quantities I'll want later (in zip bags). Or, rinse, then pick out the duds once they're on the tea towel.

    2. Just throw the whole bag in the freezer. Don't defrost before using.