Cranberries are\u00a0a very versatile fruit, high in nutrition and healthy properties. \u00a0They make fantastic sauces and chutneys and are easy to store. \u00a0 Native to the USA they have been a main source of fruit for generations. \u00a0They are a good all round fruit, high in antioxidants and nutrition.\r\n\r\nThey are native to the USA they have been a main source of fruit for generations. \u00a0They are a good all round fruit, high in antioxidants and nutrition.\r\n\r\nIn the US they are most popular for Thanksgiving. \u00a0Here in the UK they are more traditionally used over Christmas. \u00a0However, you don't need to have a celebration to make use of these little treasures.\r\n\r\nThey have a surprising amount of uses and can be stored in several different ways.\r\nHow to Store Cranberries\r\nHow to Store Fresh Cranberries\r\n\r\n \tFresh cranberries will keep in the fridge for several weeks (4-8 weeks maximum). \u00a0You need to put them into a bag and seal or store them in an airtight container. \u00a0You need to keep an eye on them and remove any of the ones that are going over to prevent them from contaminating the other berries.\r\n \tYou can also freeze the for longer storage by removing the debris and washing. \u00a0Dry them then place on a tray in the freezer, once frozen remove them and put them into a container. (Putting them on a tray prevents them from sticking), \u00a0This way you can store them for about one year. When you want to use them simply remove from the freezer and cook them from frozen.\r\n\r\nHow to Dry Cranberries Ready for Storage\r\n\r\n\r\n \tIf you grow your own, make sure you pick your cranberries when they are super fresh. \u00a0They will be very plump ad firm and shiny red. As cranberries get older they go soft and wrinkled (a bit like the rest of us really!) As always remove any debris and\u00a0wash.\r\n \tNow you need to pop them into\u00a0a saucepan\u00a0of boiling water for about 3 minutes until their skins\u00a0split.\r\n \tRemove the berries from the water immediately after their skins split and drain them well.\r\n \tPop onto\u00a0paper towels and pat the berries dry.\r\n \tYou can use either your oven or a dehydrator to dry your cranberries. \u00a0I am tempted to use my Halogen Oven as I think this would dry them very well but I haven't tried that yet.\r\n \tIf you are using your oven it will need to be heated to 175C (347F) if using a fan oven or Halogen drop the temperature by 20 degrees C (68F).\r\n \tNow pop your cranberries in your heated oven and cook for 12 minutes.\r\n \tNow you can turn off your oven and let your berries dry overnight.\r\n \tAlternatively, you can heat at a lower temperature and cook them for between 6 and 10 hours.\r\n\r\nHow to Store Dried Cranberries\r\nRemove your cranberries from the oven and let them cool down before placing them into\u00a0an airtight container and then your freezer or fridge for storage.\r\nUsing a Dehydrator\r\nIf you want to use a dehydrator instead follow all the steps as above and then pop into your dehydrator for 10-15 hours instead, at the temperature advised by the manufacturer.\r\n\r\nNote: \u00a0You can also dry Cranberries using sugar or syrup if you prefer. \u00a0\r\n\r\nFor Dieters and Diabetics: Remember that dried fruit has more intense sugars than fresh so will have more\u00a0of an effect on your diets. \u00a0Diabetics may want to avoid dried fruit altogether depending on the advice of their health adviser. \u00a0\u00a0\r\n2 Quick and Easy Fresh Cranberry Recipes\u00a0for Preserving\r\n\u00a01. Homemade Fresh Cranberry Sauce Recipe\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPlease see our easy to make sauce\u00a0recipe, as it is a classic homemade cranberry sauce recipe.\r\n2. How to Make Cranberry and Apple Chutney from Dried Cranberries\r\nWhat I like about this video is that the recipe is from dried cranberries so you can make it over a longer period or if you are having difficulties in getting cranberries or want to use up your already dried cranberries you can use this. \u00a0You can get the recipe on YouTube below this video if you want and although it is a US recipe they have also included the grammes etc to make it easier.\r\n\r\n\r\nFAQs\r\nWhat\u00a0is the nutrition of cranberries?\r\nThe Cranberry: Brief Nutrition Facts (per 100g)\r\n\r\n \tCranberries are high in Vitamin C with 22%\r\n \t100 g of fresh fruits are only 46 calories\r\n \tThey have 0 zero fat\r\n\r\nFor Diabetics\u00a0who need to know the Carbs:\r\n\r\n \tThier Total Carbohydrate 12g or 4%\r\n \tDietary fibre is 4.6g or 18%\r\n \tOf which Sugar is \u00a04 g\r\n\r\nWhere Can I Get Fresh Cranberries?\r\nYour local supermarket or market fruit stalls may have them in stock.\r\nWhere Can I Get Dried Cranberries?\r\nAgain you can get them locally. \u00a0Alternatively,you can buy dried cranberries\u00a0online at places like Amazon.\r\nWhen Are They Available Fresh?\r\nCranberries are available from October through to January\r\nHow to Grow Cranberries\r\nThis is a really interesting video on how to grow cranberries. \u00a0This is how the pros do it but that doesn't mean you can't grow your own locally you may just have to replace the water with fleece (all will become clear in the video)\r\n\r\nAgain you can buy cranberry bushes at your local garden centre or \u00a0you can actually get cranberry bushes on Amazon, good old Amazon.