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38 Creative Ways to Use Leftover Cranberries from Thanksgiving | Expert Q&A

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Q. I have a bag of fresh cranberries left over from the holidays. Any suggestions or recipes for using them other than cranberry sauce?

Who better to answer questions about cooking than food? Here’s what members of the Shelter in Place Cooking Facebook group had to say about using leftover cranberries:

  1. “You can cook with pears or apples and serve with pork or chicken.” – Marianne P.
  2. “They are dried in the oven for later use.” – Jim S.
  3. “Simple syrup then creates a few cocktail recipes.” – Jeff C.
  4. “I made a cran-apple galette with mine. It was delicious!” – Raejean S.
  5. “They freeze well.” – Jerry P.
  6. “Cranberry, mint and lime/lemon sorbet is something I’ve made. I’ve also taken the base, added ice and vodka and made a slushy.” – Sarin K.
  7. “Slowly cook with simple syrup 1:1 with vanilla bean and 1/2 cinnamon until it starts to ‘pop’. Let it cool. Put everything. Food, pudding, foie gras, charcuterie, grilled salmon, yogurt, etc.” – Peter E.
  8. “Cranberry Salad.” – Travis H.
  9. “cake or tart!” – Fernanda M.
  10. “You can also make a juice and save it for the next holiday. Mix cranberries (you need to peel them) with lemon or orange peel and add vodka. You can add a little sugar. Let it soak for a while. and bubbly! Cosmopolitan Instant!” – Marianne P.
  11. “Cranberry crisp!” – Christina K.
  12. “My sister has a cranberry salad recipe for the freezer. I think it’s creamy. If it sounds interesting, I can send it to you!” – Christine S.
  13. “Cranberry sorbet.” – April L.
  14. “Orange Cranberry Muffins.” – Vicki H.

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  15. “Cranberry-jalapeno cream cheese.” – Jessie M.
  16. “Cobbler.” – Charlotte G.
  17. “Orange cranberry bread.” – Stephanie K.
  18. “In a salad with peanut vinaigrette and goat cheese or feta.” – Beth M.
  19. “They freeze well in a bag so you can have the cranberry goodness of the season!” – Faith K.
  20. “Put them in a pot with meat, chili sauce, pepper jelly, and a few pinches if brown sugar. A delicious addition.” – Gloria F.
  21. “Cranberry martinis!” – Lisa B.
  22. “Scones. Flavored vodka. Ice cubes.” – Ben P.
  23. “Cranberry horseradish sauce. Keeps well in the refrigerator and is great on sandwiches as a spread.” – Brent L.
  24. “Use them in smoothies.” – Sarah C.
  25. “Spiced cranberries to store for next Christmas, when done, can be put in balls or mason jars.” – Joseph C.
  26. “Make stock with quince!” – Good C.
  27. “Cranberry simple syrup.” – Abby L.
  28. “Cranberry walnut muffins.” – Steven L.
  29. “Last night I made a salad with: apple + celery + fresh cranberry. All finely chopped. With a simple yogurt dressing, honey and cinnamon.” – Deborah V.
  30. “They make a killer salsa with finely chopped onion, jalapeno and cilantro, a little salt and sugar to taste. Serve with Fritos. Or let sit overnight and serve with cream cheese.” – Christine F.
  31. “Fried Brie.” – Kirsten J.
  32. “Cranberry bread!” – Donna J.

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  33. “Cranberry cake.” – John K
  34. “Make a sauce and serve over the fried chicken. – Peggy S.
  35. “Cranberry is great. Blend it in a food processor with a whole orange (peel and all), and a honey-sweetened apple. You want to process it until it’s part of the rice. Then mix in about a cup. sugar, you can divide and refrigerate.” – Tony C.
  36. “You can make a cranberry steak sauce. I made a pomegranate pinot reduction for our steak last night and it was amazing! I think cranberry is great too!” – Rachel A.
  37. “Cranberry jelly.” – Maya M.
  38. “Pie. Apple and cranberry. They freeze well too.” – Bonnie H.

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