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Cranberries are a great way to boost your immune system during cold weather. In terms of vitamin C content, this product is considered one of the leaders. Cranberry compote has a pleasant taste and a huge range of useful properties. If you freeze a product for the winter, then at any time you can make a drink that is healthy.
For freezing, you must use a strong, whole berry. After arriving home, the harvested or purchased berries must be sorted out. Weed out sick, crumpled and spoiled specimens immediately. After that, the fruits are washed in running water and dried naturally. Can be blotted with paper towel.
Then distribute in small plastic bags. One package should contain such a portion of marsh berries to be enough for one use, since defrosting and freezing several times negatively affects both the appearance and the content of useful properties.
It is recommended to release air from the package, to give the package the shape of a pancake, so that the berries lie in one layer.
Some housewives, when freezing cranberries, sprinkle them with sugar, but this is not for everyone. For patients with diabetes, this is an unnecessary procedure. Sugar does not affect the quality of storage, frozen cranberries are perfectly preserved for 1-2 years, sometimes more.
If you do not freeze it yourself, you can buy frozen berries in the store. It should be loose. If in a store bag cranberries look like a block of ice, they have been thawed repeatedly, which indicates a violation of storage technology.
The benefits of cranberry compote
Cranberry compote is useful not only as a source of vitamin C and group B. It is a full-fledged natural antibiotic that helps with colds, various inflammations and fever. Cranberry compote will not only quench your thirst, but also strengthen the immune system, help fight infections and respiratory diseases.
With pyelonephritis, cranberry compote is recommended to be used as an antibacterial and at the same time diuretic. Cranberry compote has a pronounced analgesic effect, and in addition, it prevents the emergence and development of cancer cells.
Cranberries are among the foods that strengthen blood vessels and remove harmful cholesterol from the body.
And also cranberry compote can improve digestion and increase appetite. This is important, because with colds and various infectious diseases, a person often does not want to eat, and food is necessary to give strength and strengthen the body. In this case, compote will help precisely as an appetite-enhancing agent.
All nutrients are released from the berry into the water during heat treatment. Moreover, in liquid form, they are much better absorbed by the body.
But the product has its own contraindications. It should be carefully consumed for a year, even in compotes, for those who have complex gastritis with high acidity, as well as problems with the duodenum. The use of the berry itself in unlimited quantities leads to damage to the tooth enamel.
How to cook cranberry compote - a recipe for the winter
For the winter, it is possible to prepare a recipe directly from fresh berries without any freezing. Such a blank will perfectly forgive all winter and will always be at hand. The ingredients are as follows:
- 1 kg of cranberries.
- 1 liter of water.
- sugar 1 kg.
You need to cook compote like this:
- Sort out and rinse the berries, separate all diseased and damaged specimens.
- Arrange in jars, which are pre-rinsed with soda and sterilized.
- Boil water and add sugar to it.
- Boil the syrup until the sugar is completely dissolved, while stirring.
- Cool to 80 ° C.
- Pour the resulting syrup over the berry, put boiled lids on the jars.
- Place the jars in a large pot with a wooden circle or towel at the bottom. Pour water so that it reaches the jars of compote to the hangers.
- Sterilize the jars, depending on the capacity, for 10–40 minutes. The larger the container, the longer it will take to sterilize.
- Remove the compote and roll it up with airtight lids. You can use boiled nylon caps.
- Turn over and wrap with a blanket to cool slowly.
Advice! Experienced housewives advise rolling such a drink into small cans, since the drink is concentrated. In winter, it can be diluted with boiled water, and sugar can be added to taste. Instead of sugar, you can add honey to the finished drink, which is especially important for colds and coughs.
How to cook frozen cranberry compote
For a frozen berry drink, you will need the following ingredients:
- 1 cup frozen cranberries
- 2 liters of clean water;
- 150 g sugar.
The recipe is simple:
- Boil water, add sugar and wait until it boils again.
- The amount of sugar can vary depending on the taste.
- Add raw materials (no need to defrost).
- Allow to boil and reduce heat.
- Simmer for 35 minutes.
The drink is served chilled, and therefore after preparation it must be placed on the windowsill for 20 minutes.
Cranberry and strawberry compote
The drink with the addition of strawberries has a sweeter taste and a pleasant aroma. You can use both fresh and frozen berries. For compote you will need: 25 grams of each berry and 300 grams of granulated sugar.
- Boil 4.5 liters of water.
- Add the berries, if they are frozen, then defrosting is not required.
- Bring to a boil and add sugar to taste.
- Remove from heat and cool the drink.
- The drink is infused under the lid to preserve the aroma.
This compote can be consumed both hot and cold.
How to make cranberry compote with lingonberries
Lingonberry is another northern berry with a wide range of vitamins and beneficial properties. Combined with cranberries, it is an excellent anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and tonic. For compote, you will need 2 types of frozen berries, sugar, water, and 1 lemon. Lingonberries can be taken 650 g, and 100 g is enough for cranberries.
- Squeeze lemon juice.
- Pour water into a saucepan and boil it, throw the lemon peel there.
- Add sugar and wait for the syrup to boil again and the sugar to dissolve.
- Add frozen cranberries and lingonberries.
- Remove from heat after 5 minutes.
The drink must be insisted under the lid and then poured into a decanter. Excellent taste and aroma will allow you to serve the drink not only for an everyday lunch, but also for a festive table. During illness, it is a complete medicine and a substitute for pharmacy vitamins. The drink will quench your thirst, strengthen the immune system, and also give strength to fight infection.
Cranberry apple and cranberry compote
For a drink with cranberries and apples, you will need the following components:
- frozen berry - 300 g;
- two fresh medium-sized apples;
- sugar to taste;
- orange peel.
The sequence of cooking compote with apples does not differ from the previous recipes:
- Put the pot of water on the stove.
- Add sugar.
- Cut apples with peels into small pieces.
- As the water boils, add apples, cranberries, and orange peels to the saucepan.
- Cook the compote over low heat for 15 minutes.
Advice! Experienced housewives know that it is necessary to evaluate the readiness of such a compote by apples. As soon as the fruits are soft enough, the drink can be turned off and covered with a lid.
It is also important to remember that cranberries in compote do not need to be mashed, otherwise the drink will have to be filtered. Some housewives do this so that the berry gives its beneficial properties better. But cranberries, under the influence of temperature, will give all the vitamins to the compote, there is no need to crush it.
Cranberry compote is considered a classic homemade antipyretic drink. In late summer and autumn, this berry is harvested, but I want to have a healthy drink on the table all year round. Therefore, it is advisable to freeze the berries in portioned packages and then cook delicious and aromatic compotes all winter. These can be drinks not only from cranberries, but also with the addition of lingonberries, apples, blueberries and other healthy products. The cooking time is 15 minutes, and the benefits are invaluable. It is important to remember that frozen cranberries should not be thawed more than once.