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Old 09-30-2011, 12:28 AM   #31
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Sounds great, especially the jam.

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Old 12-10-2011, 07:17 PM   #32
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Bumping this back up, cause it is cranberry season again.

I just found 12oz bags of fresh cranberries on sale at my WalMart today for 75˘ a bag. That was half of the reg price! I don't find those kinds of buys on cranberries here often. Not sure if I have ever seen them that cheap before. I bought 10 bags.
I had 2 bags already in the freezer (from last year I think). I had pulled one out yesterday to try to make Vanessa120's dried cranberries, but had ended up making jam. (Not using this recipe I have here.)
Today I put 8 bags in the freezer & left 2 out.
I made a batch of the dried cranberries up (I hope). They are in the dehydrator now. We'll see what I get. Then I made the juice above, and with the berries made another batch of jam.
I got 3 - 1/2 pints from the first batch. The second batch I'm not exactly sure, but close to the same. Maybe just a tad over. I had a jar that was abut 1 1/2 cups (saved from something), and I used that for the first "pour. It looked like it might be a little more than a cup (the 1/2 pint), so I used a 1 1/2 cup jelly jar that I had, and it didn't quite fill it. May be only 1 cup, and I may have been able to use a 1/2 pint, but I left it in that jar. They are cooling now. Hope they seal!
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Old 12-11-2011, 07:59 AM   #33
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What a great post! I just made dried cranberries yesterday from 2 frozen bags I had stashed away last year. I dumped the frozen berries in a pot, poured some blackberry Monin O'free syrup on them, added 2 drops of raspberry lor-ann flavoring, about a third of a cup of erythritol and 2 drops of sweetzfree. Heated the whole thing up til it was boiling and the cranberries just started to pop.

Drained the cranberries, spread them out on a baking sheet, and dried in the oven at 250 for a couple of hours. I've learned that I like the cranberries a wee little bit on the wet side than too dry and leathery. Yum!

The resultant syrup I drained off was very sweet and tasty. I usually put a tablespoon or two in a glass full of lemon water and ice and have a drink fit for the gods. Otherwise this syrup is ideal for pancakes, drizzling over lemon cake, as a cheesecake glaze, etc.
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:02 AM   #34
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Just had an idea! I am going to make the cranberry jam, using my cranberry-syrup mixture, add a little bit of finely minced fresh cayenne pepper to it and cook it a little. I always loved that sweet-hot pepper jelly on good goat cheese. I bet this would be spectacular! Now I've got to make some crackers, too...
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