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Taste the season: DIY ways to enjoy cranberries

Posted by Melissa Massello  December 25, 2012 09:15 AM

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Bracingly tart, we don't often enjoy our official state berry straight from the bog. But add a little sweetness, and the cranberry is a perfect addition to your holiday feasts and fêtes. Here are three of our favorite ways to enjoy this tangy treat.

SUGARED CRANBERRIES

Soaked in a simple syrup and then rolled in sugar, these bright berries look as if their covered in a dusting of Christmas snow. Perfect for a homemade hostess gift or as a cocktail garnish, sugared cranberries are easy to make. All you need is:

• 1 part cranberries
• 1 part granulated sugar
• 1 part water
• Additional superfine (or granulated) sugar for dusting

Discard any deflated or discolored cranberries and rinse. Add equal parts sugar and water to a saucepan and heat until sugar dissolves completely. Feel free to add additional flavors to the syrup, such as a sprig of rosemary, some fresh chopped ginger, or citrus peel. Make sure the syrup is not boiling, or the cranberries will pop. Pour syrup over cranberries and let soak in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours, preferably overnight. Strain cranberries, discarding any that have popped, and then roll in superfine sugar on parchment paper. Let dry before packaging.

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CRANBERRY CHUTNEY

My step-grandmother's cranberry chutney is a staple at my family's Thanksgiving table, but that doesn't mean it's confined to just that Thursday in November. Try it with other poultry, as a component on a cheese plate, a condiment on a sandwich, or a spoonful stirred into some bubbly. With the addition of apples, pears, and fall spices, it's the perfect bite of autumn in New England. Get the full recipe on Boston Food Swap.

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CRANBERRY LIQUEUR

What would the holidays be without a festive beverage? Melissa made a homemade cranberry liqueur for a Shoestring take on the Cape Codder. This recipe requires some patience (the cranberries and vodka have to steep for a minimum of three weeks) but trust us, the results are worth the wait. See Melissa's step-by-step instructions over on Shoestring.

What's your favorite way to enjoy cranberries? Tell us in the comments, or tweet us at @DIYBoston!

~Tara

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Melissa Massello is a newspaper journalist turned startup junkie and lifelong Bostonian who prides herself on her do-it-yourself attitude. From making her prom dress out More »
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