Think Outside the Can – Creative Ways to Use Cranberry Sauce

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The Cranberry Marketing Committee provides creative tips for how at-home chefs can use cranberry sauce.

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Cranberries are a bold fruit that add flavor, color and texture to sweet and savory dishes, and there are many delicious year-round uses for America’s Original Superfruit® (in a can).

As the nation follows social distancing and #StayAtHome orders, many are cooking more than ever before. At-home chefs may find they are reaching into the dark recesses of the pantry to see what they have on hand before making that next grocery store run. Some are unearthing dust-covered cans of cranberry sauce left over from November and wondering, “What can I do with this?”

Cranberry sauce doesn’t need to be relegated to the holidays, or even to side-dish status. Cranberries are a bold fruit that add flavor, color and texture to sweet and savory dishes, and there are many delicious year-round uses for America’s Original Superfruit® (in a can).

Some simple ways to use cranberry sauce include:

  • Blend into smoothies
  • Use as a spread on toast or sandwiches
  • Layer with yogurt or ice cream for parfait
  • Freeze into popsicles
  • Stir into oatmeal
  • Incorporate into baked goods
  • Top grilled or smoked meats
  • Mix with cheese for a quesadilla filling
  • Add to barbeque sauce for a tangy twist to traditional flavor

Cranberries are a nutrient-dense food and offer unique polyphenols not commonly found in other fruits. Cranberry sauce, like all cranberry products, is sodium free, fat free and cholesterol free. When searching for new creative ways to use cranberry sauce, be sure to head to http://www.uscranberries.com/recipe for inspiration. The following are just a few creative ideas on how to incorporate cranberry sauce into meals.

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