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Cranberries were buy 1 get 1 free at Publix....what should I do with the other bag?

For Thanksgiving, I am making my usual cranberry sauce with one bag, but I have an entire other bag of fresh cranberries. Some kind of bread/muffin perhaps? I'm open to all suggestions! Thanks a bunch.

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  1. Use what you need right now and freeze the rest. You can just pop the whole bag into the freezer as is - cranberries freeze beautifully and can be used in any baked thingy without thawing.

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    1. re: Nyleve

      Yes, freeze them! I try and always have extra cranberries in the freezer so I can make cranberry chutney year round.

    2. cranberry vodka, cranberry apple pie, cranberry relish, frozen cranberries to use as a garnish in cranberry based cocktails, cranberry bread, cranberry chutney.... the list is huge.

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      1. re: gardencub

        Ha! Yes, my first thought was cranberry vodka.

      2. I would urge you (and everyone else) to freeze plenty of cranberries, freezer space allowing. Just toss the unopened bag in the freezer as is. We associate cranberries with the winter holidays, but they are wonderful in the hot summertime. Make either the cooked kind of cranberry sauce or the cranberry-orange relish and have it with cold chicken or a cold roast turkey breast.

        1. I like to keep cranberries in the freezer for later use. They also go well in pumpkin bread!

          1. I'm going to second what most other posters are saying and tell you to freeze the other bag.

            When cranberries are cheap, I buy a bunch and put them in the freezer. Then, throughout the winter and spring, I use them to make a super easy, fast, delicious cranberry crisp. Grease 8"x8" pan (or similar size). Add cranberries (still frozen!) and 1/2c - 1c sugar (depending on your sweetness preference) and mix up with your hand. Then make a crisp topping by blending 1c oats, 1c brown sugar, 1/2c flour, 1t salt, and a few dashes of spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, etc. Then cut in 1 stick of butter. Pour topping over berries and bake at 350 for 45minutes. Delicious!

            1. I made heart shaped cranberry corn muffins. The recipe was from the food network kitchens cookbook. Original recipe calls for blackberries, but since cranberries are in season, I've been using those.

              1. I generally throw like three bags into the freezer and then toss them into scones, muffins, pancakes. I make them into sauces to put on pork chops... I treat them just like frozen berries.

                1. Make a centerpiece! Fill a glass vase or hurricane lamp with them for the holiday table. Presumably you could then put them to these other purposes afterward.

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                  1. re: dubedo

                    There are lots of things you can do with cranberries. I like to put them on pork chops, make cranberry butter for pancakes, put them in pies, make a tart with almonds and caramel, bake them in muffins and scones. i've made center pieces with them too. i put them in a glass with some low cut stem flowers. very pretty... not sure if you can eat them later though... =)

                  2. thanks for all your suggestions! I think i'll throw the extra bag in the freezer for now and make some baked goodies soon.

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                    1. re: jessicam29

                      If they're Ocean Spray, they're only 12 oz so you'll have to use more than a bag for any old recipes that call for 16 oz.

                    2. My fav Christmas punch -- limeade diluted with ginger ale with cranberries. It is great without or with the rum.