While cranberry sauce is a staple on Thanksgiving, sometimes we often find ourselves with an excess of the tart berries and no use for them. Why not add cranberries to the table in a new way by drying them out? We’ve got a homemade version with less sugar than Craisins but still has that chewy, tart taste you love. As long as you’re hanging around the house, you just leave the oven on to do the work.
1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. This is a slow process, but requires less than five minutes of hands-on work.
2. Toss cranberries in a bowl with 2 tablespoons of orange juice and 1 teaspoon of sugar.
3. Lay across a foiled, ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 200 degrees for 1 1/2 hours. You will see the progression of the berries as they wrinkle when they lose moisture. Then, increase the temperature to 250 degrees and bake for another 30 minutes.
4. After 2 hours, turn off the oven, but leave the cranberries in the oven for another 2 hours.
5. Remove from pan and store in a jar in the refrigerator. It keeps for a month.
-By Alexa Lampasona for the Food & More blog