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Old 01-06-2009, 05:56 AM   #1
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ISO uses for dried cranberries

I was at Costco a while back and bought a huge bag of dried cranberries. Unfortunaly, I didn't read the package carefully because they're sweetened and I'm not fond of eating (raw) sweatened cranberries. Any suggestions for what I can do with them?

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Old 01-06-2009, 07:28 AM   #2
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I make biscotti's with dried cranberries and pistachio's and I buy mine at Costco or SAMS club for that.

I also use them in salads to add a burst of sweetness.

If you like to make sweet chutneys, you can use them in chutneys as well. You will have to rehydrate them before you use them. You can add them to some orange juice, season it with a little chili powder, cumin powder, sugar, salt and let it all cook it down until it's thick. It's a good accompainement with Indian food especially dal and rice.
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Old 01-06-2009, 07:38 AM   #3
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If you like couscous, add some to that along with some pine nuts or almonds makes a great tasting side.

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I LOVE Indian food -- I'm going to try that.

Would that become a sweet couscous? That sounds really interesting, what would it go with?
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I LOVE Indian food -- I'm going to try that.

Would that become a sweet couscous? That sounds really interesting, what would it go with?
I don't put that much in there so NO it isn't a "sweet" dish I serve this withfried chicken, it's good with pork tenderloin, just about anything...
I don't think I said anything but I love to add cilantro and mint to it at times or flat leaf parsley it gives it an other great taste.

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Old 01-06-2009, 10:07 AM   #6
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You can bake with them--add them to quick breads or challahs instead of raisins, even in oatmeal cookies. Wherever there is a chopped dried fruit, you can usually substitute them.

I love them in salads with toasted sliced almonds.

I love them added to oatmeal in the morning. I add them as I am cooking the oatmeal.
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I carry "trail mix" in my sack made with various dried fruit, nuts and cereals. Sweetened dried cranberries, cashews and cheerios happened to be yesterdays mix.
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have done all of the above, specially love in salad with crispy wonton strips. and a sesame seed dressing. yum
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Use the for stuffed porkchops.

Make the stuffing and add the cranberries at the last to plump up. Then stuff your chops and bake.
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All these suggestions sound wonderful. -- especially the pork chops!
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