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Old 11-20-2013, 06:23 PM   #1
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Freezing cranberrys?

The only time I can buy cranberrys is this time a year. I always buy a couple of extra bags, gone by Jan. Any way planning on getting srveral bags tommarrow. Can I just leave them in bags. Or should put them in baggies and try to squeez more air out? I dont have vacume bag.
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Old 11-20-2013, 06:27 PM   #2
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I have just stuck them in the freezer in their original bags. Last week I got a bag out of the freezer from last January (10 months later) and made them into dried cranberries in the oven and they were great!
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Old 11-20-2013, 06:41 PM   #3
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Agree with Dianafoot - cranberries freeze great. I freeze them in the original bag with no problems. Stock up and freeze them!
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:01 PM   #4
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This is when I buy them. I eat alot of cranberries and always freeze them.
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:03 PM   #5
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I freeze them in the original bag also.
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:03 PM   #6
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Whole Foods has them in the frozen section year round.
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:53 PM   #7
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They don't burst or turn to mush after having been frozen? I've wanted to make dried cranberries, but feared they would be just a ball of mush if I froze them to make it later...
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They'll be fine for whatever use you want to make of them. I always buy extra and throw 'em straight into the freezer this time of year.
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Old 11-21-2013, 11:34 AM   #9
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Yahoo! I really needed to know that! Sometimes it's months before I can get around to making dried candies and stuff and they don't last that long in the fridge.
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Thanks to everyone. Bought extra 10 bags to freeze + the 6 I will use next week.
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Thanks to everyone. Bought extra 10 bags to freeze + the 6 I will use next week.
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They don't burst or turn to mush after having been frozen? I've wanted to make dried cranberries, but feared they would be just a ball of mush if I froze them to make it later...
They are soft and mushy after freezing. I bought extra bags last year and froze them to make dried cranberries with after the holdidays and I was disappointed.

I don't like the seeds in my dried cranberries so I slice them in half and shake out what seeds I can then I put them in a sieve and shake over the garbage can to remove even more seeds. The frozen ones after thawing were too soft and mushy to do this and I ended up making some cranberry sauce with them but I could detect the seeds in it and didn't like it.

If you don't have a problem with the seeds like me then they are fine to use after freezing. I'm going to buy a few bags in the next week or so and make my dried cranberries while they're fresh.
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Old 11-22-2013, 11:37 AM   #13
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Okay PaminKY, THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I NEEDED TO KNOW. I do the same thing, I slice them and shake the seeds out. One of these days I'm gonna plant a bunch and see what happens. I guess I should plan to prep several bags while they are still in season. I don't mind the seeds in the sauce, but not in the individual dried berries.
Thanks so much for the anecdote!!

Maybe I'll do that task while I'm on holiday. If I've got my hands in cranberries, then they are not picking up snacks! A few raw cranberries will cure any cravings! LOL
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