Tips for Properly Storing Fresh Cranberries

Cranberries are a versatile fruit that can be used in many recipes, from sauces to baked goods. However, they have a short shelf life and need to be stored properly to prevent spoilage. In this blog post, we will discuss how to store fresh cranberries so that they stay fresh for longer.

Buy Fresh Cranberries

The first step in storing fresh cranberries is buying them at the right time. Look for plump berries with bright red skin and no signs of bruising or discoloration. Avoid any berries that are soft or mushy as these may have already started spoiling.

Berries in Season

In North America, cranberry season runs from September through December. This is when you’ll find the freshest and most flavorful berries on the market.

Wash Before Storing?

Many people wonder if they should wash their cranberries before storing them. The answer is no! It’s best to wait until just before using your berries to wash them as excess moisture can cause spoilage.

Rinse The Berries When You’re Ready To Use Them

When you’re ready to use your cranberries, rinse them under cold running water and discard any damaged or spoiled ones.

Fridge Storage Tips For Your Cranberries

Fresh cranberries should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator as soon as possible after purchase. Here are some tips for fridge storage:

Airtight Container Is A Must!

Place your clean and dry  cranberies into an airtight container (such as Tupperware) lined with paper towels or a clean dish towel.

Ensure there’s enough space for air circulation but not too much room which could create condensation – therefore moisture!

Do Not Remove Stems

Leave the stems on your cranberries for optimal storage, as they help to keep the berries fresh.

Freezing Cranberries

If you have a large amount of cranberries that you won’t be able to use before they spoil, freezing them is an option. Here’s how:

Rinse Your Berries

Rinse your berries under cold running water and discard any damaged or spoiled ones.

Dry The Berries

Pat dry with paper towels or let them air-dry until there’s no surface moisture left.

Spread On Baking Sheet And Freeze!

Spread your cranberries out in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in the freezer until frozen solid (usually around 4 hours).

Cooking With Frozen Cranberries?

Frozen cranberries are great for cooking and baking, but should never be thawed first! Use the frozen berries straight from the freezer in recipes such as sauces, drinks, pies and cakes!

Conclusion

By following these simple steps for storing fresh cranberries properly, you can enjoy these delicious fruits all season long! Remember to always buy fresh when possible, avoid excess moisture during storage and freezing process –  and follow proper procedure so that every recipe turns out amazing each time!

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