How to Select and Store Cranberries
When selecting fresh cranberries, look for plump and shiny berries that are firm to the touch. They should range in colour from bright to deeply hued red, and be free of blemishes or discolouration. Also, be sure to avoid cranberries that are shrivelled and/or brown.
Thanks to food preservation methods like freezing and drying, we are able to enjoy cranberries year round. Frozen berries are readily available in the frozen fruit section of most grocery stores and are an excellent replacement for fresh berries in many recipes when cranberries are no longer in season (mid-September to early November). There is no need to defrost the berries before using them, but for recipes that call for raw cranberries, thaw and drain any excess moisture from the frozen fruit before using.
To freeze cranberries, store them in the freezer in their original packaging, or transfer to an airtight freezer-safe container if the berries have been purchased in bulk. Frozen berries will keep for up to 12 months.
Important to note: before storing, sort and remove any soft, discoloured, or shrivelled berries. Store fresh cranberries in their original packaging (plastic bag) or in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks in the fridge. When you remove them for use, check their appearance again. Berries with moisture on them are safe to eat, but it’s best to avoid consuming those that are sticky, leathery, soft, or discoloured.