HOW DO I STORE FRESH CRANBERRIES?
You can store them right in the bag you bought them for about one month in the refrigerator. You can also wash, dry and store fresh cranberries for up to two months in a tightly-sealed plastic bag or container in the refrigerator. As with all berries, if one starts getting soft, it will quickly spread to the rest. Be sure to sort out the softies if you plan on storing them for any length of time.
HOW DO I FREEZE FRESH CRANBERRIES?
You can freeze them in the bag you bought them in for one year.
HOW DO I THAW FROZEN CRANBERRIES?
Frozen cranberries need not be defrosted before using.
HOW DO I STORE SWEETENED DRIED CRANBERRIES? SHOULD I PUT THEM IN THE REFRIGERATOR?
Sweetened dried cranberries should be stored in a cool dry, place such as a cupboard and consumed before the date on the bag. DO NOT put them in the refrigerator.
CAN I SUBSTITUTE SWEETENED DRIED CRANBERRIES IN RECIPES THAT CALL FOR FRESH CRANBERRIES?
Yes, sweetened dried cranberries work well in most baked goods; however there is a ¼ cup difference in measurement. If a recipe calls for one cup of fresh or frozen cranberries, use ¾ cup of sweetened dried cranberries.
HOW MANY CUPS OF FRESH CRANBERRIES ARE IN A TYPICAL BAG?
One 12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries will yield about 3 cups whole or 2-1/2 cups chopped.
HOW CAN I USE CRANBERRIES IN MY EVERYDAY COOKING AND BAKING?
Try substituting sweetened, dried cranberries for raisins in breads, cookies, rice, pasta, and salads for a tangy change. Cranberries are good not only in desserts, but also in savory dishes.
HOW DO I REHYDRATE SWEETENED DRIED CRANBERRIES?
Reconstitute dried cranberries by soaking them in hot water for 15 to 20 minutes.
FOR HOW LONG SHOULD I COOK FRESH CRANBERRIES?
Cranberries should be cooked only until they pop. Otherwise, they not only begin to turn to mush, but they also turn bitter.
HOW CAN I USE LESS SUGAR IN MY CRANBERRY SAUCE?
To help neutralize the acid, add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda when cooking cranberries. You'll find you will need less sugar.
CAN I USE A FOOD PROCESSOR TO CHOP CRANBERRIES?
Yes, cranberries are easily chopped by pulsing in a food processor.
HOW DO I KEEP CRANBERRIES FROM SINKING IN MY BAKED GOODS?
When baking, toss the cranberries with flour before stirring them into the finished batter. Or, better yet, try our Baking cranberries that are made especially for cooking and baking. They disperse evenly in batter so your baked goodies are chock full of cranberries. Our Baking Cranberries are available in Original Julienne Cut, Cranberry-Orange Julienne Cut, and our newest flavor, Cranberry-Apple.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF CRANBERRIES?
The health benefits of cranberries are numerous and cutting-edge research is unearthing new data on a regular basis. Cranberries contain nature’s most powerful antioxidant, proanthocyanidins Type A which are unique to cranberries. This compound has antioxidant and anti-adhesion properties which have been shown to help fight certain harmful bacteria. They prevent bacteria from sticking around inside your body and growing to cause infection.
DO SWEETENED DRIED CRANBERRIES HAVE ALL THE SAME BENEFITS AS FRESH CRANBERRIES?
Only .7 oz. of dried cranberries has the same benefits as drinking an 8 oz. glass of cranberry juice with 27% juice!
ARE YOUR CRANBERRIES GLUTEN-FREE?
Cranberries are naturally gluten free. Our Decas Farms Paradise Meadow® cranberries are packaged in a facility that also handles wheat, however, there are multiple rigorous cleanings of the equipment between runs and the equipment is kept in a designated separate area and does not run wheat products. The cranberries test gluten-free.
ARE YOUR PRODUCTS KOSHER?
All of our products are Kosher certified by Orthodox Union. A complete list is available on the Decas Cranberry website.
WHERE ELSE ARE CRANBERRIES GROWN?
Cranberries are also grown in Wisconsin, New Jersey, Washington, Oregon, in several areas of Canada and Chile.