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Fresh Cranberries

Everyday Food, Volume 8 December 2003

These tart, tangy little fruits are terrific in baked goods as well as in sweet and savory sauces.

Buying Cranberries
Fresh cranberries are available from October through December. You'll most likely find them in 12-ounce plastic bags in the produce section of grocery stores. Ripe berries are deep red and very firm.

Preparing Cranberries
Before using them, rinse in a bowl of cold water; discard any unripe ones that float to the top.

Storing Cranberries
Fresh cranberries can be stored in their original packaging. They'll keep for up to a year in the freezer. Frozen cranberries can be cooked without defrosting; pat them dry before using.

Nutritional Information
Cranberries are loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C, both of which may help boost the immune system.