These tart, tangy little fruits are terrific in baked goods as well as in sweet and savory sauces.
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.
Before using them, rinse in a bowl of cold water; discard any unripe ones that float to the top.
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.
Cranberries are loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C, both of which may help boost the immune system.