Today we will learn how to cook cranberries and all the amazing properties they have that can help you improve your health! You will have an excuse to use them outside Thanksgiving. This native NorthAmerican fruit can be used in desserts and main courses because of how delicious and beneficial it is.
How to Cook Cranberries
Candy Fresh Cranberries
An easy way to cook cranberries is to candy them. This is great to use in fruitcakes -like this one– to finish up the cooking.
To do this, you can use simple syrup. Combine equal parts of water and sugar over a saucepan and boil it until all the sugar is dissolved. Let it cool and then coat all your fruit with it. Afterward, cover the cranberries with extra sugar, and you are done!
Make a Cranberry Sauce
You can easily cook a simple cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving. You do not need to buy one at the store.
To do this, add 1/2 a cup of water and 1/4 of sugar to a 12-ounce bag of cranberries. Place everything in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Leave it uncovered and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. It is that fast!
Delicious Cranberry Jelly
It is very similar to a sauce, but thicker. In this case, you will need to mix 1 cup of water and 1/2 a cup of orange juice in a saucepan. Once it is boiling, add 1 and 1/2 cups of sugar and stir until it is dissolved.
Add 4 cups of washed cranberries to the orange sugar water and leave it be. You can take it out once you see their skin begin to crack if you prefer a thinner mix. If you like your jelly to be thicker, then you should leave it for longer. Check the consistency and take it out when you reach what you are like best.
Afterward, place it in a jar. If you plan to keep it for a long time or gift them, consider sterilizing them and vacuum sealing them. If you are going to enjoy it right away, then do not even bother!
Why Cook Cranberries? Take a Look at their Health Properties!
According to Medical News Today, research links cranberries to a lower risk of developing urinary tract infections. UTIs are incredibly annoying so this is amazing news!
Another health benefit associated with cranberries is slowing the progression of certain cancers. They also help boost your immune system as well as to decrease blood pressure.
Cranberries are a great source of vitamin C – this is where all of its antioxidants come from! Antioxidants, apart from helping your immune system, help your body fight off free radicals. This leads to younger-looking skin.
They also contain a range of B vitamins. This type of vitamins are not produced naturally by the body and need to be ingested. Cranberries are a great way to incorporate them into your diet!
Of course, as all fruits are, cranberries are packed with fiber. A diet that is high in fiber is great not only for digestion but for your overall health.
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