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Old 12-14-2010, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Southwest Desert
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I "inherited" 2 cans of cranberry sauce and I'm looking for ideas and recipes...I'm open to most everything. Any recipe will be appreciated...I can't say that I've been a huge fan of cranberries but I have eaten them on holidays...My family is small now....just me and my son since my husband passed away. My son drank cranberry juice in the past but he's never tried canned or fresh cranberries. He's a little more open to trying new things today.....I have pork chops to cook up soon. Would canned cranberry sauce go well with pork chops? Thanks for listening. Trying to "expand my horizons." Happy holidays!
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Old 12-14-2010, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Southwest Desert
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Oops! I just checked the dates on the cans of cranberry sauce that a friend gave me and they were both outdated...One can was from 2009 and the other can had a date from 2002! Good thing I always check dates before heating or eating anything...I've been researching cranberry recipes on the Internet. Please share your favorite recipes too for fresh....frozen or canned cranberries. Thanks....Still looking for an interesting cranberry recipe for pork chops...and other things too.
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Old 12-14-2010, 04:58 PM
 
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A cranberry/rosemary/white wine jelly would go well with pork. I'd personally not make a jelly, but a regular whole berry cranberry relish without the gelatin, flavoring it with the rosemary and white wine. You can also do a chunky relish with the sauce, adding oranges (supremed, or just the flesh without any membrane) and toasted walnuts.

BTW, I had to clean out a friend's family house once to move and she had cans that had no expiration dates. That is, she had cans of cranberry sauce that came from before they required expiration dates. Those berries, once living, had probably evolved into something really...aggressive...after all those decades stuck inside those tins.
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Old 12-14-2010, 05:13 PM
 
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Frankly, if the can from 2009 isn't showing any signs of bulging, I'd have no problem using it. Most properly canned products last longer than the expiration date.
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Old 12-14-2010, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Southwest Desert
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Thanks for your posts and the recipe and tips. I already threw the cans away...I noticed that one can had whole berries and the other can was more in the jelly form...Darn! I was really getting excited about cooking a recipe or two with the cans I already had....Do you recommend using frozen cranberries if fresh berries aren't available? Thanks again for your posts and the yummy recipe and everything!
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Old 12-14-2010, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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No way would I have thrown the 2009 can away! Canned goods are safe indefinitely, as long as the can itself has not been damaged or compromised; the quality may diminish, but even that 2002 can was more than likely safe to eat. Especially when you consider that cranberries are so acidic that spoilage in a sealed can is highly unlikely.
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Old 12-14-2010, 07:21 PM
 
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i was wondering if the canned gelatin cranberries could be used in a truffle recipe?
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Old 12-14-2010, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I've used them on a left-over dish for turkey.

Pizza crust (I use Boboli or the like)
spread the cranberry sauce on it
cover with brie
sprinkle with turkey

bake until ready

It is SO good!
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Old 12-14-2010, 08:40 PM
 
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Pick through whole cranberries and discard soft or discolored berries. Add orange zest and enough grape juice to come 3/4 way up in a small sauce pan. Add two tbsp sugar. Stir as it come to a boil over high heat until all berries have popped. Spoon into serving dish and let cool in frig.
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Old 12-15-2010, 04:41 AM
 
Location: Southwest Desert
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Originally Posted by Ohiogirl81 View Post
No way would I have thrown the 2009 can away! Canned goods are safe indefinitely, as long as the can itself has not been damaged or compromised; the quality may diminish, but even that 2002 can was more than likely safe to eat. Especially when you consider that cranberries are so acidic that spoilage in a sealed can is highly unlikely.
Thanks for the info about dates on cans. I guess I've been taking dates on cans at "face value." Everything is so "fear-based" these days with all of the daily "health warnings" that come out on TV each day.
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