How to Freeze Cranberries

Freezing cranberries is one of the easiest things you can do in a kitchen … no expensive or fancy equipment needed: just a bowl, some water, baking soda, strainer or colander, pan or plate, zip-loc bag, and a freezer!

We really do not use cranberries a whole lot … to be honest, I can only think of 3 recipes in which we use them: Cranberry Orange Scones, Cranberry Salad and Baked Brie (and those are dried cranberries).  I still love storing the berries away in the fall/winter and using them year-round … especially since they are not in the store the rest of the year 🙂

#1. Wash cranberries.

We usually sprinkle a tablespoon or so of baking powder over the berries and wash well. Toss out any bad berries.how to freeze cranberries (1)

#2. Drain into a colander, rinse then toss around to drain extra water.

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#3. Spread on a cookie sheet, pan or metal plate, and place in the freezer.

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#4. Once frozen, pour berries into bags and return to the freezer.

I usually freeze the berries in regular quart or gallon bags and have used them around a year later, without them tasting freezer burnt or old.  This year, I went ahead and vacuum-packed some for a longer storage life.
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Use frozen cranberries just like fresh ones (if you are having any trouble doing this, let them sit several minutes or run a handful under water for a few seconds to partially thaw).

Have fun and don’t feel daunted at the thought of freezing cranberries … IT IS SO EASY!

3 thoughts on “How to Freeze Cranberries

  1. Thank you for the information. I love cranberry sauce,but never ate whole cranberries. I will have try this one day.
    Marilyn

  2. Beautiful little fruit aren’t they? Thank you for sharing and starting the new year with the Art of Home-Making Mondays ladies! 🙂 May 2016 be full of His blessings!

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