Writing Can Be Murder

November 21, 2007

In honor of Thanksgiving…

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 3:52 pm

CRANBERRIES (c’mon you weren’t really expecting some sappy post about what I’m grateful for, were you?)

I love cranberries (I’m making a cranberry-apple pie for tomorrow — I’m grateful for pre-made pie crust) so Tuesday night, when it was too late to still be up, I stopped flipping and watched a report about the harvesting of cranberries (have I mentioned that I’m grateful I can blame my curious-gene on the need to do “research:?).

Cranberries are harvested two ways. Dry and wet. The whole berries you buy at the store are harvested dry (like most crops) but the cranberries used in canned cranberry sauce are harvested wet, which means they flood the cranberry bogs and then harvest them with this machine that basically rips them off the plant and then the berries float to the top of the water.

So I watched this whole thing — which included how the berries are first sorted (basically they’re bounced down stairs, I kid you not) and they never explained WHY two different harvesting methods are used.  I spent half the night wondering why. (I am not grateful for my insomnia).

Not a fan of canned cranberry sauce so I thought I’d share my favorite recipe for homemade, which tastes soooo much better.

Fresh Cranberry Sauce


1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1   package fresh Cranberries

Combine sugar and water. Mix well.

Bring to boil. Add cranberries, return to boil.

Reduce heat and boil gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. The cranberries will start to pop.

Cover and cool completely at room temperature



Sometimes I add little bits of orange peel or chopped walnuts


Have a Berry Happy Thanksgiving!



  1. I’m a fan of canned cranberry sauce HOWEVER, my aunt made the fresh stuff for this Thanksgiving and I have to say it was pretty good too.

    I’m always thankful for stuffing that ISN’T cooked inside the turkey. I like mine crispy on the outside.

    Comment by bgardner — November 22, 2007 @ 8:50 pm

  2. ROFL — I skipped the stuffing because it was cooked inside the bird!!!

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — November 22, 2007 @ 9:43 pm

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