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Friday, November 4, 2011


Not much exploration to cranberries before that. Saw it at FM last two weeks, and we bought back one packet of 12 oz cranberries. Cranberries are considered too sharp to be eaten plain and raw, as they are not only sour but sometimes can be bitter. However, MSLS said it is yummy...

Cranberries are harvested in the autumn, between September and December. Ripe, mature fruits are round and deep red, and one of the criteria widely believed to determine the quality of a cranberry is whether or not one can bounce the berry down a staircase. If the fruit bounces well it is a quality product; if it falls flat it is not a good berry. In fact, the “egg beater” machines used by cranberry farms is engineered on this principle, and it filters out “bad” berries automatically.

The American cranberry was used in American cuisine before the first pilgrims landed on the nation's shores. Native American tradition incorporates cranberries into many dishes, few of them main courses except for pemmican , and it is widely believed though historically dubious that cranberries were served at the first Thanksgiving dinner.

Since then cranberries have been used largely as a traditional dish, served jellied or in whole berry as a sugared sauce. They are rarely served apart from the American holiday of Thanksgiving, though both sauces are carried year-round in grocery stores.

Some tribes incorporated myths about the cranberry into their religions or oral traditions. The fruit was also utilized medicinally as a ward against indigestion and as a poultice for wounds.

We decided to make cranberries sauce with the leftover, as we does not like to eat it in raw, except the twins.

What you need:
3 cups of cranberries
2/3 cup of brown sugar
2/3 cup of orange juice

What you do:
(1) In a medium sized saucepan over medium heat, dissolve brown sugar in the orange juice. Stir in the cranberries and cook until the cranberries start to pop . Remove from heat and place sauce in a bowl. Cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.

Can't wait to taste the cranberries sauce. It is often cranberry sauce is included in most American households' celebration of Thanksgiving.
We had Grilled Pork Rib with Cranberries sauce for dinner...

What you need:
salt, sugar for marinate
cranberries sauce
pork rib

What you do:
(1) Marinate the pork ribs with salt, sugar for 3 hours. Add in garlics too.
(2) Cover with aluminium foil and cook in oven ( Broil - low ) for 1/2 hour. Open the aluminium foil, and cooked for another 15 minutes.

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