Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Cranberries...any way I can get them...

I love cranberries.  Dried cranberries, cranberry juice, cranberry sauce, in salads, on my 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!

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