I was at the grocery store a few days ago, walked around the corner in produce and Lo, and Behold --- there were fresh cranberries!!! Seems early but maybe I don't usually start looking until November.
I know there is canned cranberries and I like them, BUT there's nothing like fresh cranberry chutney! Add apples and oranges - delish!
Here's how a Nebraska Girl makes cranberry salad - don't judge me until you try it!!
Mom's Cranberry Salad
1 small bag of cranberries. Washed and picked thru - dispose of the mushy ones!
When washing I put handle a dozen at a time, put the washed fruit into a small mixing bowl with pouring spout. Ready for the Cuisinart - pour any excess water out before adding berries to Cuisinart. Cupping my hands around the mixing bowl helps cranberries to funnel into the Cuisinart.
2 apples. Washed and sectioned (to drop into Cuisinart) Put each fruit into a large mixing bowl after food processor. If you want bigger pieces, pour in little batches and use Pulse button. Stop when they are the right size.
2 oranges. I peel them and cut them up manually - they tend to 'juice' when put thru the Cuisinart.
1/4 of one orange rind. Put thru the Cuisinart
After all the fruit is ready in large mixing bowl, add 1/2 cup of sugar, blend, cover and set in fridge for about 1 hour.
Now here comes the "midwestern" part. Prepare a family box of Raspberry or Cranberry Jello with 1 1/2 cups of boiling water. Stir well. Pour into glass casserole dish. Cool by adding 3 ice cubes. (fish out the unmelted cubes)
Add in chutney, blend together gently and add 1/4 bag of mini-marshmallows!! Let jell for a few hours.
I know it sounds over sweet and not wonderful - but it isn't!! We eat small portions and I keep making it until I can't find fresh cranberries.
I was all ready to brag about being in the 'Western Cranberry State" and then I looked at my Ocean Spray cranberry bag and it said "Washington" I wanted to say the cranberries came from Bandon Oregon - just up the road for us. But apparently not! Well, Washington State is just a little farther up the road!