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Learn how to freeze cranberries and have them ready for recipes year round. Quick and easy, inexpensive way to ensure you have frozen cranberries in the freezer when they are not available at the store.

CRANBERRIES IN A WHITE BOWL

Cranberries – I’ve been eating a lot of cranberries this fall. I love them! I made my favorite cranberry orange sauce, I made a bundt cake, smoothie, cheesecake cranberry punch and I’m very happy there are fresh cranberries available in the store right now.

In about a month, these will be gone.

That’s the time when frozen cranberries could be used.

Cranberries in a bowl

Did you know how to freeze cranberries?

You probably did! But I’ll tell you my way of how to freeze them, so you can have them handy in the freezer year round.

Of course you can buy frozen cranberries, but they will cost you more and they are not available in all supermarkets in the US.

As I said US, because fresh cranberries are not popular in other parts of the world.

Coming from Europe, I can tell you that there are dried cranberries and cranberry juice there, but not fresh ones.

With this simple method of freezing, cranberries will remain loose in the freezer bag and not clumping together. I make a lot of smoothies and use frozen fruits and I’m not a fan of clumped berries.

What do you need to freeze cranberries?

  • fresh cranberries
  • freezer safe stay
  • parchment paper
  • freezer bags

How to freeze fresh cranberries?

  • Get some fresh cranberries from the store.
  • Wash with cold water and let them drain in a colander.
  • Transfer cranberries to a kitchen towel and let them dry completely for 15-20 minutes.
  • Line a freezer safe tray with parchment paper and spread cranberries in a single  layer.
  • Freeze for 2-4 hours, but no more than that, because they might get freezer burn.
  • Transfer berries to freezer bags and seal. Place back in the freezer. They will be good for 10-12 months.

What to use frozen cranberries for?

Frozen berries are perfect for baking.

You can freeze yours in 6 or 12 oz batches, so it is easier to use in recipes.

My cranberry sauce recipe calls for 12 oz cranberries.

Make sure you chek it out, if you need a simple fool proof recipe for the holidays.

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How To Freeze Cranberries

By Lyubomira from CookingLSL
How To Freeze Cranberries so they stay separated
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 8 hours
Total: 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 2 12 oz bags of fresh cranberries, , or more if you’d like
  • freezer bags
  • parchment paper

Instructions 

  • Get some fresh cranberries from the store.
  • Wash with cold water and let them drain in a colander.
  • Transfer cranberries to a kitchen towel and let them dry completely for 15-20 minutes.
  • Line a freezer safe tray with parchment paper and spread cranberries in a single layer.
  • Freeze for 2-4 hours, but no more than that, because they might get freezer burn.
  • Transfer berries to freezer bags and seal. Place back in the freezer. They will be good for 10-12 months.

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Nutrition

Calories: 45kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Sodium: 1mg, Potassium: 84mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 60IU, Vitamin C: 13.2mg, Calcium: 8mg, Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Snack
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15 Comments

  1. Great tips, especially for me because I love cranberries (actually all berries) so knowing how to freeze them is a great thing! 🙂

  2. I always love freezing big batches of cranberries this time of year so I can have them all year! Definitely going to be trying your easy tutorial, Mira! 🙂

  3. I use them for fresh cranberry relish with the orange and some sugar. Will they still be ok for that recipe after they thaw? I don’t cook the relish. It’s just fresh cranberries an orange and sugar in a food processor. Anyone?