Thursday, December 1, 2011

Au Courant in the Kitchen

It's December 1st...let the countdown begin! The celebration of our Saviour's birth is about to commence. How are you preparing for Christmas? I've got some serious stitching to do. Every year, I plan to not wait until the last minute; however, I think I thrive on the frenetic pace of sewing Christmas presents.

I've been a bit under the weather the last few days. To boost my immune system, I've been resting and drinking plenty of liquids. Tired of just water, I wanted something different that would still be good for me. After Googling (is that even a verb?), I found cranberry juice could be beneficial. Drats! I had none in the fridge, and I wasn't making a special trip to the grocery. I Googled (yeah, I'm turning it into a verb!) again, and learned I could make my own.

Bloggy friends...this is SO EASY and DELICIOUS, I will NEVER buy BOTTLED Cranberry Juice again!

Homemade Cranberry Juice - Easy & Beautiful in the glass!

The recipe...

Homemade Cranberry Juice

1 quart Cold Water
1 pound (.5kg) Cranberries (fresh or frozen)
Sugar to taste

Place cranberries and water in pan. Over medium heat, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until berries split open. (They make a cool 'popping' sound as the split. Fun for kids to watch!) Remove from heat and strain juice through small sieve covered with cheesecloth. Sweeten juice with sugar. Rinse pan. Return juice to pan, and over medium heat, warm juice to almost boiling. (I think this step is to ensure the sugar has dissolved and is incorporated into the juice). Pour juice into container. Cool completely before storing in refrigerator. Enjoy!

Now, I just have a couple of questions...

Have you ever made Cranberry Juice?

What should I do with those leftover cranberries?

Happy Thursday!

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