Raw Chunky Cranberry Sauce in One Minute

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Raw Cranberry Sauce Without the "Pot"

By: Carol Giambri

Forget the pot? What? How can you make Cranberry Sauce then? No heat? Thanksgiving is the time when we mostly think of cranberries.  People in the US are busy with family and friends coming over.  My cousin is feeling the stress of the "crazy" family excitement that happens around his table. Cranberry cakes, pies, sauce are popular.  Cranberries typically are found at his time of the year on produce shelves. 

There are some recipes that are old time proven favorites to my home.  This Cranberry Sauce is one I want to share and is fast to make.  Got a minute?  Then you will love this one.  It's now yours.   Pictures can be coming.  I am not your holiday traditional chef.  Since I eat as a vegan, for decades, without animal products, my plate is mainly filled with a colorful fresh salad and on the side this Sauce.  Add into your salad if you wish.  I have other items on my table and plate, but right now it's all about the "Sauce."

The heat is off…

This is not your typical "sauce."  Forget the heat! Where's the pot? You don't need one.  Still make this delicious cranberry sauce.  Prepare it a day in advance, put it in refrigerator and covered till serving time.  I do love the simple healthy living lifestyle.  It's uncooked because there is no cooking involved.  This is the season when cranberries are in the produce department waiting for you. I prefer organic when possible. 

Fresh is best…
However,  I know you have seen and eaten cranberry sauce.  So here's my version.  The proportions can be adjusted by your taste buds.  Hard to take out ingredients so be careful to start with less sweetner and add in as needed. 

Little chefs make great helpers…

This is a great opportunity to spend more time with the kids in the kitchen and show them how easy it can be to prepare a dish without cooking it.  Expose them to being helpful and reward them accordingly. Even "praising" them as great helpers will bring a grin to their face. Oh, talking about kids…have you seen my "ebook" offer.  If it remains there, it's yours to have and enjoy. Kids learn great things from gardening, inside and out, so maybe this can help you see the "keys" that come from a garden experience with kids.

Raw Chunky Cranberry Sauce Without the Pot and Heat

2 cups of cranberries

2 dates

1 orange freshly squeezed, without skin

In blender or food processor crush fresh cranberries with 2 dates with pits removed.

*Note: if you need more liquid add more fresh orange juice, need more sweetness add more dates. 

*Note: Prefer organic ingredients

*Hint: Can make a day in advance, cover and refrigerate.

*Optional: lastly chop up some sweet apples and add to the finished mixture. 

Happy holidays and be thankful daily and not just remembering it one day as some people remember do on Thanksgiving Day in United States.

The parade…

Growing up in New York I always jumped out of bed on Thanksgiving Day to watch the annual and gorgeous Macy's Day Parade.  If you haven't seen it or can't find it on your television, perhaps online you can google and watch it.  Don't miss it.  It's amazing.  Gather the kids around to watch it too. I'm not a television fan, but when I do watch it I make it worthwhile and leave the "garbage" shows behind.  This is one that the kids will love and wish they were there. Maybe you too! 

Bladder infection help…

You may not have a bladder infection, but when you do you don't want it.  There has been few times in my life I can say I had one, but once I did cranberry juice to the rescue.  It helps with the urinary tract infection.  It is sold in the form of bottled juice. I have bought it in a concentrated form many years ago.  It is generally tart and have read 8 ounces once a day should help conquer this infection naturally. I hardly ever drink this. It is very concentrated and since I don't get infections I would probably make up my own cranberries fresh and eat them instead of the juice. Just my thoughts. Others may think juice is best. You decide.  Hope this saves you from medical and drug bills. It's simply worth trying.  Do you agree?  

Did you know…

Celestial Seasonings makes a packaged Cranberry Apple Zinger Tea.  It has all natural ingredients, flavors, without artificial colors or preservatives and is gluten free. Look for anything by Celestial Seasonings and you will be guaranteed products that have high standards. They don't compromise their name for money.  They are still in Boulder, Colorado where they started.  My friend is a good friend with its founder, Mo Seigel.  Small world isn't it.  I have not yet met him, but perhaps one of these days. 

Reflecting and acting…

Is this simple enough to try and a "sneaky" way to introduce you to eating more raw foods?  Get the kids involved. 

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Carol Giambri is a gardening expert, a health nut, photography addict and frugal shopping supporter of recycled buying.   She hunts for rare and unique shapes of fruits and veggies.  From worm composting, which is a new desire, to homemade cleaning products, eating edible weeds, coaching programs, speaking, copy writing content for blogs, green/recycle talk, dogs and helping her hubby, she loves encouraging people.  Carol plans to write several books on healthy living and gardening.  A pet book may be forthcoming as many have gone to heaven and no regrets on any who were adopted.

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Carl Mason-Liebenberg November 22, 2011 at 11:35 pm

I LOVE cranberries! I love this recipe! I love the health benfits! Now, could someone import some to me here in South Africa. Unless in juice or supplements I have not found even 1 in 18 months! I MISS my cranberries.

Carol Giambri November 23, 2011 at 1:39 am

Carl, not sure how to import them but some links I shared privately may get you closer to home answers. Thanks for compliment about recipe.

Christiane Marshall November 23, 2011 at 6:21 am

Carol, Love the "sauce" recipe! I lean toward raw and vegan myself, though not always faithful to that these days. I haven't made it yet, but I wonder if adding a tiny bit of raw soaked flax seeds might make an interesting texture. Too much and most people will get a yuck reaction!
Your bio shows we have a lot in common! Christiane

Carol Giambri November 23, 2011 at 7:08 am

Christine, I would skip adding the flax in this recipe. Thanks for comment about commonality and raw/vegan talk too.

Amity Hook-Sopko November 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Cranberries are SO good for you!  And what a rich, beautiful color.  I think I might try this :)

Anastasiya Day November 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I love cranberries too and I love reading your articles Carol. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us! :)

Hughie Bagnell November 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Hi Carol…I am a cranberry juice fan so I am going to run with this one…Thanks for sharing! …Hughie

McKenna Gordon November 28, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Love cranberries and their awesome nutrient properties. This is very similar to the raw cran-sauce I made for Thanksgiving last week. love it! 

Sue November 29, 2011 at 12:15 am

Looks yummy, Carol…going to try it!   Thanks!

donovan grant November 29, 2011 at 1:07 am

Hey Carol, cranberry sauce gets a popular vote in our house too. We have never made it ourselves so we'll have to give this a go! The cranberry apple zinger tea sounds yummy! Cheers, donovan

Jennifer Bennett November 29, 2011 at 9:28 am

Love this!  I definitely need to get more cranberries into my diet!  Thanks so much for sharing another great article! 

denny hagel November 29, 2011 at 9:51 am

I am a cranberry addict and sooo looking forward to trying your recipe! Thanks Carol!

michele November 29, 2011 at 10:41 am

Thanks for sharing your recipe Carol…sounds yummy!

Carol Giambri November 29, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Thanks Michele — fast and yummy yes.

Carol Giambri November 29, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Denny, wow cranberry addict. Not me but do love it when I play with cranberries.

Carol Giambri November 29, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Let me know Jennifer if you have questions and how this worked for you. Maybe add some cranberries in a recipe even if not called for.

Carol Giambri November 29, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Donovan, Celestial Seasonings is a great brand you can’t go wrong using for any teas. Go make own cranberry sauce, fresh, and enjoy it too. Nothing like making your own in seconds–60 or so? A minute then.

Carol Giambri November 29, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Glad you will try it Sue. Simple Healthy Living recipe for any season when cranberries are fresh to find. Frozen could work but I love fresh as first choice.

Carol Giambri November 29, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Cool McKenna. I love basic meal prep. Saves me time too!

Carol Giambri November 29, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Wow, cranberry juice fan; bet little if any urinary problems. Glad this may add another variety to your normal cranberry world Hughie.

Carol Giambri November 29, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Super glad to share with you all my recipes Anastasiya. Thanks for compliment — you love reading my articles. Wow! I love yours on VA talk and more.

Carol Giambri November 29, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Get the kids to help Amity. They are young and great kitchen helpers. Hope you enjoy it. Adjust the sweetness as you wish for your taste buds.

Jandi Theis November 29, 2011 at 9:17 pm

I love cranberries & this recipe sounds great! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Lori November 30, 2011 at 6:37 am

This sounds yummy Carol! Thanks for sharing, and for the tip about Celestial Seasonings.

Lorii Abela November 30, 2011 at 11:03 am

Thank you for sharing your recipe with us Carol! It sounds really delicious.. :)

Kelly November 30, 2011 at 12:49 pm

This sounds yummy and worth a try! I think I'm the only one that would eat it, though.

Carol Giambri November 30, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Kelly, you can always use cranberries, without sauce in cakes and cookies. Maybe then you will have company. Hopefully!

Carol Giambri November 30, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Welcome Lorii. Hope you can make it one day soon or later!

Carol Giambri November 30, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Super easy to make Jandi. Just adjust sweetness to your hearts content! Glad to always share.

Kim Garst November 30, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I am going to try this, Carol! Thanks for sharing!

Lorrie November 30, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Awesome! I never used dates before, but can taste them already!

Beau Henderson November 30, 2011 at 1:58 pm

This makes me reconsider having more cranberries

Elise Adams @AdamsOrganizing November 30, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Wow…sounds delicious and super-healthy!  Thanks for sharing!

Lisa Birnesser November 30, 2011 at 7:23 pm

What a great recipe. Carol! I'll definitely have to try that-and it looks so simple. I LOVE cranberries!

Sibyl November 30, 2011 at 7:54 pm

I love Celestial Seasonings. I used to live in Denver, CO and visited their gallery.  I haven't tried the Cranberry Apple Zinger Tea though but will now. 

Tara December 1, 2011 at 1:20 am

Yeah, no fresh cranberries here :(
I love them too. We have to make do with buying dried cranberries and using them in baking, but even those I have to buy abroad!

Heather December 1, 2011 at 11:24 am

am I pathetic for buying the canned goo?  From now on I'll be doing this recipe— it looks easy enough even for me.  I'll be checking back because I need to eat more healthy…. thank you!

Nancy Olson December 3, 2011 at 5:54 am

Carol that sounds wonderful!  Now that I have seen your recipe it reminds me that my mom had made something with raw cranberries at Christmas time.  I am going to ask her about it and try something like that this year.  This is so healthy for you!

Carol Giambri December 3, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Nancy, super easy too. I try to keep the KISS rule in place. It is delicious too.

Carol Giambri December 3, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Heather, I have been known to freeze cranberries. But if you need the canned “goo” enjoy it massively. Maybe next year freeze?

Carol Giambri December 3, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Gosh Tara. We sometimes can’t always find fresh either. Hope you can try this one. Cranberry not an issue here.

Carol Giambri December 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Wow Sibyl. So you visited the Boulder Celestial Seasonings. I’ll still close to them. Small world.

Jennifer December 4, 2011 at 7:04 am

As a vegetarian, the cranberry sauce is often one of the few things I can enjoy on the holiday table.  I absolutely love this recipe, so much healthier than the traditional sugar-filled variety.  I'll be bringing the cranberry sauce this Christmas!

Carol Giambri December 4, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Jennifer, vegan her and tons of foods to enjoy on the holiday table. No shortage. Questions – ask. Enjoy this one.

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