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Holiday Cooking Tips

What Can You Do with a Can of Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce?
David Lat Leftover canned cranberry sauce doesn't need to be the same old thing!
David Lat Leftover canned cranberry sauce doesn't need to be the same old thing!
David Lat

This is the perfect time of year to grab a can of instant help when you're mad-dashing through the day. Why not grab the cranberry sauce? Of course, it's been around a long time -- even your grandparents relied on it as a convenience product. But simply opening the can and putting it in a bowl is sometimes not enough for our "multi-purpose"world.

So rethink it! To start, there's no set rule that it has to be used only during the holidays. Cranberry sauce is not a seasonal food; it's available year-round. Look at it from a different angleā€¦think of it in terms of a fruit that's simply sweetened, thickened and waiting to be used.

For example:

  • Add a cup to cake batter to add moisture, flavor and texture
  • Add it to smoothies for a boost of flavor and fiber
  • Whisk it into your favorite BBQ sauce for a fruit twist
  • Heat it with chili sauce and a dash of ground red pepper and simmer cocktail sausages or precooked meatballs for a few minutes for an easy appetizer
  • For a quick pancake or waffle topping, mix it with corn syrup, orange juice and some grated orange peel
  • Make a spread or glaze for poultry and meats by mixing it with a small amount of whole-grain Dijon mustard and a bit of brown sugar
  • Or serve it as a side dish, stirring in some grated orange peel or fresh ginger to give a new taste to an old favorite

Do you have more left over than cranberries? See the next page for more creative ideas on using other leftovers from a holiday meal.

For recipes using canned whole cranberry sauce, see: