I love cranberries. Dried cranberries, cranberry juice, cranberry sauce, in salads, on my oatmeal...you get the picture. I'm always looking for new ways to use them, and I found a recipe for Pickled Cranberries the other day that had me dancing. All the way to the store, to buy a few spices. I found it on a blog called Food In Jars, which is all about canning. Marisa McClellan, the canner behind the blog, makes everything look easy, and isn't that what it's all about?
I would never have thought to pickle cranberries, but why not? I have pickled radishes and onions in my fridge, and they are truly awesome. So I tried this today, and Oh. My. The apple cider vinegar and spices somehow make the flavors coalesce in a different way, and it's truly something to wax poetic about. I tried the brine as a shrub in sparkling water, as suggested, and you need to add a fair bit to get the flavor, but it's quite nice. I will definitely be trying it as a salad dressing. All in all, it's a winner!