I became addicted to my aunt's Apple-Cranberry Crumble and Cranberry Margaritas over the holidays, and I need fresh (or frozen. . .), unsweetened cranberries for both.
Anyone know if frozen cranberries are available anywhere--I've looked a few places, but as I have two small children, a full-out citywide search is not likely.
We have a Whole Foods and a Wild Oats, Fresh Market, Kroger, Meijer, and Wal-Mart groceries.
What about mail order? I'm almost that desperate.
I saw some at my local Whole Foods, but I'm in California.
I noticed on your profile you said you weren't sure what board you were on ... Louisville would be the South board. You might try a post over there too asking "Any markets selling fresh or frozen cranberries in Louisville, KY".
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I make cranberry cocktail base with 2 bags fresh cranberries, 1/2 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Bring to a boil and simmer about 5 minutes--let most of the cranberries pop. Cool and press through a strainer--discard skins. (Got the recipe from Cranberry Gin and Tonics in December's Gournet.)
I add this mixture to the margaritas I typically make--Topolo Margaritas from Rick Bayless. If I'm in a hurry or just don't feel like zesting and juicing, I use frozen limeade to start. When you shake margaritas with cranberrry they become really thick, which I love.
The base tastes good mixed with Champagne, too.
I don't know about cranberry extract, but I may try to find some for expiramentation. I might make my next batch of cranberry base with less sugar or none--I really like the tartness, and most margaritas are too sweet to start, in my opinion.
I know it won't be the same, but I made the cranberry margaritas from the Bon Appetit December issue. The best part is you don't need fresh cranberries, it's made with frozen cranberry juice cocktail concentrate and a cup of canned jellied cranberry sauce (I know, sounds odd, but really works - it was delicious), tequila, lime juice, and Grand Marnier, blended with ice cubes. Let me know if you want the exact measurements. It was part of the "Real People" entertaining holiday menu so as usual not on Epi.
I linked a pic at the end of this post:
Berkeley Bowl has frozen cranberries year round.
I just bought four bags, 0.99 per bag (usually $1.59).
You didn't specify your city.
Presuming you are starting from someplace east of here, the basic directions to the store are:
Go until your hat floats.
Remain in orbit until you find a parking place (this takes a while).
I make a cranberry/cranberry juice/raisin compote. I eat it daily with my morning yogurt. Two 12-ounce bags of cranberries, 1 cup pure cranberry juice, half cup of raisins, simmer until cranberries are cooked (I use the microwave). Add one-fourth teaspoon salt, and sweeten to taste (I use two tablespoons of sugar, the rest is Splenda and a bit of stevia extract).
My previous post was not too helpful, sorry.
I checked the bags of frozen c-berries I just bought.
The brand name is Paradise Meadow.
The address is
Decas Cranberry Products
219 Main Street
Wareham, MA 02571
email: paradise at ultranet dot com
It's not clear to me whether the Bowl purchases these during the season (Oct-Dec) and freezes enough to have on hand throughout the year, or whether they get them frozen from some supplier. They carry this brand, fresh, during the season (as well as Ocean Spray).