How to Buy, Store, and Cook With Cranberries, In Season in October

September 30, 2015

Despite conventional wisdom, cranberries do not originate in gelatinous canned molds; they grow in marshy bogs, on vines. Just before they’re ready to be harvested, the bogs are often flooded with water. The water is then churned, to help extract the berries from the vines. They can also be harvested “dry” with an automatic picking machine. Fresh cranberries have a very tart, sour flavor that is best when tempered with a little sweetness.

When buying fresh cranberries, look for ones that are should be pert, perky, and bright red. Pale or faded color is an indication of…