How to Prepare Cranberries
Wash berries by placing in colander and rinsing with cool running water. Let drain dry or use a clean kitchen towel to pat the berries dry.
Cranberries have a vibrant tart flavour, and are best prepared with a sweetener like sugar or maple syrup. Cranberries are also often paired with sweet fruits like oranges, apples, or pineapple to cut their tart flavour naturally.
A versatile fruit, they can be roasted, baked, cooked over the stovetop, blended, poached, candied or juiced. They can even be used to infuse alcohol like vodka or gin.
To roast cranberries: toss fresh, cleaned cranberries with 1 Tbsp. olive oil and 1 Tbsp. sugar or maple syrup, and roast at 400ºF (205ºC) until caramelized (about 15-20 minutes). Serve over a bed of rice, quinoa, or farro with your favourite herb-rubbed proteins.
Homemade cranberry sauce is a classic and everyone has their own twist on making it their own. Leave it chunky or puree it until it’s smooth—Canadian Living’s cranberry sauce is simple and sweet.