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  1. #1
    PickyJaz Guest

    Default Freezing whole cranberries?

    Can buying fresh crans now while they're easily in-season available,
    then immedaitely fresh-freezing them by the bag for use through the
    year cause any loss of quality? As soon as I see them in the grocer
    each year, I buy a dozen or so bags to make the family CBSauce with
    for all, freeze that in half-quart containers, and take them to
    daughter's on Thanksgiving morning. So I know that works just fine,
    but is there to be any thaw-out quality loss if freezing fresh,
    uncooked berries to use for cobblers and such throughout the year?
    ....Picky

  2. #2
    Serene Vannoy Guest

    Default Re: Freezing whole cranberries?

    PickyJaz wrote:
    > Can buying fresh crans now while they're easily in-season available,
    > then immedaitely fresh-freezing them by the bag for use through the
    > year cause any loss of quality?


    Nope. That works fine. I use them from frozen a LOT.

    Serene
    --
    "I tend to come down on the side of autonomy. Once people are grown up,
    I believe they have the right to go to hell in the handbasket of their
    choosing." -- Pat Kight, on alt.polyamory

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    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default Re: Freezing whole cranberries?

    PickyJaz wrote:
    >
    > Can buying fresh crans now while they're easily in-season available,
    > then immedaitely fresh-freezing them by the bag for use through the
    > year cause any loss of quality? As soon as I see them in the grocer
    > each year, I buy a dozen or so bags to make the family CBSauce with
    > for all, freeze that in half-quart containers, and take them to
    > daughter's on Thanksgiving morning. So I know that works just fine,
    > but is there to be any thaw-out quality loss if freezing fresh,
    > uncooked berries to use for cobblers and such throughout the year?


    I've never frozen any cranberries, but aren't
    you supposed to blanch them before freezing to stop
    enzymatic activity?

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    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Re: Freezing whole cranberries?

    PickyJaz wrote:
    > Can buying fresh crans now while they're easily in-season available,
    > then immedaitely fresh-freezing them by the bag for use through the
    > year cause any loss of quality? As soon as I see them in the grocer
    > each year, I buy a dozen or so bags to make the family CBSauce with
    > for all, freeze that in half-quart containers, and take them to
    > daughter's on Thanksgiving morning. So I know that works just fine,
    > but is there to be any thaw-out quality loss if freezing fresh,
    > uncooked berries to use for cobblers and such throughout the year?
    > ...Picky


    I can't say that I have ever noticed a difference in flavour or texture
    of cranberry sauce made with fresh frozen cranberries. I buy them fresh
    if I find them. If I can't find fresh I buy frozen. A few times I only
    made half batches of sauce and froze the rest of the berries. Then when
    I used the other half the sauce was just as tasty as that made with fresh.


    BTW..... there is a local donut chain that sells crappy coffee but their
    cranberry carrot muffins are terrific. I occasionally buy a carrot
    muffin mix (because it allows me to make a few muffins at a time) and
    add some frozen cranberries to the mix.

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    Gregory Morrow Guest

    Default Re: Freezing whole cranberries?

    Mark Thorson wrote:

    > PickyJaz wrote:
    >>
    >> Can buying fresh crans now while they're easily in-season available,
    >> then immedaitely fresh-freezing them by the bag for use through the
    >> year cause any loss of quality? As soon as I see them in the grocer
    >> each year, I buy a dozen or so bags to make the family CBSauce with
    >> for all, freeze that in half-quart containers, and take them to
    >> daughter's on Thanksgiving morning. So I know that works just fine,
    >> but is there to be any thaw-out quality loss if freezing fresh,
    >> uncooked berries to use for cobblers and such throughout the year?

    >
    > I've never frozen any cranberries, but aren't
    > you supposed to blanch them before freezing to stop
    > enzymatic activity?




    Naw, I just throw the bags in the freezer (sometimes in a Ziploc if I know
    they'll be in there for a whiles...), they're just fine...

    I got eight bags in the freezer now, I got a good deal on them @ 49 cents
    per bag recently. Some will be used for cranberry bread, some will be made
    into cranberry relish...cranberry relish goes great with BBQ pork, etc. for
    summer cook-outs.


    --
    Best
    Greg



  6. #6
    Janet Baraclough Guest

    Default Re: Freezing whole cranberries?

    The message <4b3bc5c4$0$13584$[email protected]>
    from Dave Smith <[email protected]> contains these words:

    > PickyJaz wrote:
    > > Can buying fresh crans now while they're easily in-season available,
    > > then immedaitely fresh-freezing them by the bag for use through the
    > > year cause any loss of quality? As soon as I see them in the grocer
    > > each year, I buy a dozen or so bags to make the family CBSauce with
    > > for all, freeze that in half-quart containers, and take them to
    > > daughter's on Thanksgiving morning. So I know that works just fine,
    > > but is there to be any thaw-out quality loss if freezing fresh,
    > > uncooked berries to use for cobblers and such throughout the year?
    > > ...Picky


    > I can't say that I have ever noticed a difference in flavour or texture
    > of cranberry sauce made with fresh frozen cranberries. I buy them fresh
    > if I find them. If I can't find fresh I buy frozen. A few times I only
    > made half batches of sauce and froze the rest of the berries. Then when
    > I used the other half the sauce was just as tasty as that made with fresh.


    In the UK we only get a very limited season of fresh cranberries for
    sale; I just freeze some bags of them for later.
    It works fine For sauce I cook them from frozen; for cake I let them
    defrost first.

    Janet

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    gloria.p Guest

    Default Re: Freezing whole cranberries?

    PickyJaz wrote:
    > Can buying fresh crans now while they're easily in-season available,
    > then immedaitely fresh-freezing them by the bag for use through the
    > year cause any loss of quality? As soon as I see them in the grocer
    > each year, I buy a dozen or so bags to make the family CBSauce with
    > for all, freeze that in half-quart containers, and take them to
    > daughter's on Thanksgiving morning. So I know that works just fine,
    > but is there to be any thaw-out quality loss if freezing fresh,
    > uncooked berries to use for cobblers and such throughout the year?
    > ...Picky



    They'll be mushy when they are thawed, but if you're cooking them
    anyway it shouldn't matter to the flavor.

    Any berry or food with lots of liquid in it will get mushy when
    thawed because freezing ruptures the cell walls and the moisture
    escapes when thawed.

    gloria p

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    Arri London Guest

    Default Re: Freezing whole cranberries?



    PickyJaz wrote:
    >
    > Can buying fresh crans now while they're easily in-season available,
    > then immedaitely fresh-freezing them by the bag for use through the
    > year cause any loss of quality? As soon as I see them in the grocer
    > each year, I buy a dozen or so bags to make the family CBSauce with
    > for all, freeze that in half-quart containers, and take them to
    > daughter's on Thanksgiving morning. So I know that works just fine,
    > but is there to be any thaw-out quality loss if freezing fresh,
    > uncooked berries to use for cobblers and such throughout the year?
    > ...Picky



    No problemo. Just keep them airtight and they will be fine for cooking
    all year.

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    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: Freezing whole cranberries?

    On Dec 30, 3:59*pm, PickyJaz <Picky...@msn.com> wrote:
    > Can buying fresh crans now while they're easily in-season available,
    > then immedaitely fresh-freezing them by the bag for use through the
    > year cause any loss of quality? *As soon as I see them in the grocer
    > each year, I buy a dozen or so bags to make the family CBSauce with
    > for all, freeze that in half-quart containers, and take them to
    > daughter's on Thanksgiving morning. *So I know that works just fine,
    > but is there to be any thaw-out quality loss if freezing fresh,
    > uncooked berries to use for cobblers and such throughout the year?
    > ...Picky


    I just toss the bags in the freezer, break out what I need, thaw, wash
    and chop, usually for muffins with walnuts. As to loss of quality -
    well, not that I've noticed.

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    Janet Wilder Guest

    Default Re: Freezing whole cranberries?

    PickyJaz wrote:
    > Can buying fresh crans now while they're easily in-season available,
    > then immedaitely fresh-freezing them by the bag for use through the
    > year cause any loss of quality? As soon as I see them in the grocer
    > each year, I buy a dozen or so bags to make the family CBSauce with
    > for all, freeze that in half-quart containers, and take them to
    > daughter's on Thanksgiving morning. So I know that works just fine,
    > but is there to be any thaw-out quality loss if freezing fresh,
    > uncooked berries to use for cobblers and such throughout the year?
    > ...Picky


    I do it all the time. My late mother did, too. She was diabetic and
    enjoyed whole berry sauce made with artificial sweeteners. We've never
    seen any loss of quality.

    When I lived in New Jersey, I'd go to Chatsworth in the late Fall and
    get the "dry harvested" berries which do freeze a little better, but
    regular old plastic bags of fresh cranberries work just fine, too.

    --
    Janet Wilder
    Way-the-heck-south Texas
    Spelling doesn't count. Cooking does.

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    PickyJaz Guest

    Default Re: Freezing whole cranberries?

    On Dec 30, 6:05*pm, Janet Wilder <kelliepoo...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > PickyJaz wrote:
    > > Can buying fresh crans now while they're easily in-season available,
    > > then immedaitely fresh-freezing them by the bag for use through the
    > > year cause any loss of quality? *

    Thank you all for just the answers I was looking for, ones that not
    only backed up my simply telling daughter "Sure, go ahead and buy to
    freeze." but also giving her the answer for why they break down soime
    when thawing.
    Much appreciation, Picky

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    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: Freezing whole cranberries?

    In article
    <[email protected]>,
    PickyJaz <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Can buying fresh crans now while they're easily in-season available,
    > then immedaitely fresh-freezing them by the bag for use through the
    > year cause any loss of quality? As soon as I see them in the grocer
    > each year, I buy a dozen or so bags to make the family CBSauce with
    > for all, freeze that in half-quart containers, and take them to
    > daughter's on Thanksgiving morning. So I know that works just fine,
    > but is there to be any thaw-out quality loss if freezing fresh,
    > uncooked berries to use for cobblers and such throughout the year?
    > ...Picky


    Throw them into an airtight bag and freeze, Miss Jeanine. Might even
    say as much on the bag.
    --
    -Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    http://web.me.com/barbschaller 12/28/2009

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    Goomba Guest

    Default Re: Freezing whole cranberries?

    PickyJaz wrote:
    > Can buying fresh crans now while they're easily in-season available,
    > then immedaitely fresh-freezing them by the bag for use through the
    > year cause any loss of quality? As soon as I see them in the grocer
    > each year, I buy a dozen or so bags to make the family CBSauce with
    > for all, freeze that in half-quart containers, and take them to
    > daughter's on Thanksgiving morning. So I know that works just fine,
    > but is there to be any thaw-out quality loss if freezing fresh,
    > uncooked berries to use for cobblers and such throughout the year?
    > ...Picky


    Works like a charm. Just toss the unopened bag in the freezer is what
    the Ocean Spray Cranberry folks suggest to do (although inside a sealed
    freezer bag would be a good idea, IMO) I use them frozeb for baked
    apple-cranberry casseroles.

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    -a- Guest

    Default Re: Freezing whole cranberries?



    "PickyJaz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Can buying fresh crans now while they're easily in-season available,
    > then immedaitely fresh-freezing them by the bag for use through the
    > year cause any loss of quality? As soon as I see them in the grocer
    > each year, I buy a dozen or so bags to make the family CBSauce with
    > for all, freeze that in half-quart containers, and take them to
    > daughter's on Thanksgiving morning. So I know that works just fine,
    > but is there to be any thaw-out quality loss if freezing fresh,
    > uncooked berries to use for cobblers and such throughout the year?
    > ...Picky


    I made sauce this year from frozen fresh cranberries (in a 12 oz bag merely
    placed in a large ziploc with three other bags) that I'd placed in the
    freezer 2 years ago. Took them out in the morning, thawed and rinsed. Tasted
    perfect.


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