Everyone is making cranberries this season, and my mouth is watering. I buy at least 8 bags to use throughout the year, surprisingly fresh cranberries are hard to find immediately after Thanksgiving and I like to have them throughout the year! The fresh ones freeze in the bag just as they are and will keep for at least one year- that is, if you don’t eat them up!
Here’s a refreshing way to serve cranberries. You do need an ice cream machine, if not spread the sorbet mixture in a 9 x 11 pan, and place in the freezer, stirring occasionally until frozen. Then you can make a GRANITA out of it! What’s that – well use your fork, and scrape up the mixture – like a frozen ice, and scoop it out – it’s still wonderful!
4 ½ cups fresh cranberries, washed, drained, stems removed and discard
2 ¼ cups granulated sugar
2 ¼ cups white cranberry juice
1 ½ cups water
¼ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
2teaspoons chopped fresh lime or orange zest
Place cranberries, sugar, white cranberry juice water and salt in a 3 ¾ quart saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes, until the berries pop. Cool 10 – 15 minutes. Drain cranberries (reserve liquid) and place in a work bowl of a food processor fitted with an “S” blade or a blender. You may need to do this in two patches. Add 1 cup cooking liquid and puree until smooth. Press through a fine mesh strainer to remove seeds and pulp; discard seeds and pulp. Stir in remaining liquid, corn syrup and zest. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 6 hours.
Follow the manufacturer’s directions for your machine