How to Store Fresh Cranberries

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Store cranberries properly to keep them fresh.
Store cranberries properly to keep them fresh. (Image: cranberries image by Patrick Moyer from Fotolia.com)

Once cranberries ripen, they appear bright red in color and have a sweet and tart flavor. If you have an excess of cranberries, you can store them in your refrigerator or freezer and use them in recipes over time. Storing the cranberries in the refrigerator provides short-term storage of up to two months, while freezing the cranberries will yield a storage life of up to one year.

Things You'll Need

  • Clean towel
  • Sealed plastic bag or airtight container
  • Paper towels
  • Cookie sheet
  • Wax paper

Store in Refrigerator

Rinse fresh cranberries under cool water to remove debris and dirt.

Dry the cranberries on a clean towel.

Place the fresh cranberries in a sealed plastic bag or airtight container.

Store in Freezer

Inspect the cranberries carefully. Remove any that do not feel firm, appear wrinkled or have splits.

Remove the stems from the cranberries. Rinse the cranberries under cool water and dry them off with paper towels.

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Place the cranberries on the cookie sheet in a single layer and then freeze them.

Remove the cranberries once they are frozen. Place them in a plastic zipper-sealed bag or an airtight container. Freeze one cup at a time for best results.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not thaw frozen cranberries. Rinse them in cold water and use them as directed by the recipe.

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