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Posted: 11/22/2012 7:52:58 AM EST
Ok Arfcom and cranberry newbs I will today share with you one of the most wonderful of Mother Nature's masterpieces and how to do it right.
You will wonder what that canned stuff you have had all these years even is.
First part is the hardest, you must procure the berries. This will mean a trip to the Interior of Alaska and going berry picking. Of course it helps if you can combine this with a side activity such as hunting Mooses or other delectable creatures. I highly recommend going armed appropriately as there may be other more obnoxious berry pickers around. You will find cranberries once you get out of the swamps and attain a little altitude. Like here in God's country:

Plants are very small and look like this:

Lowbush Cranberry plants have about the highest fruit output for their size of anything I have seen. Imagine and apple tree with apples the size of VW Bugs hanging off of it:

Take a dag with you for protection and an early warning system:

Once you have accomplished the procurement phase and returned home clean and freeze your berries, I vacuum pack mine and they last a long time.
The Recipe:
This is the simple part, you will need equal amounts of berries and white sugar.

Start heating berries over medium heat and squish them, if they are really dry you can add 1 spoon of water
add sugar and stir often until berries and sugar combine, keep mashing the berries and keep stirring

After things get to temp the mix will start to thin and foam, reduce heat and keep stirring

After about 15 minutes your sauce should be about 170 to 180 degrees and the sugar will have candied enough, remove from heat and chill before serving

That my friends is all there is to it. I do not know if those store bought things they call cranberries would be as good, I have never tried them, never will.
Feel free to add spices if you want, a few drops of your favorite alcohol works too. You can't do it wrong unless you add too much of any liquid at the beginning. Enjoy.

Link Posted: 11/22/2012 7:55:11 AM EST
10/10 for wild cranberry sauce. well done
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 7:57:09 AM EST
11/10, as, you live in Alaska, have a cool dag, made it from gathering it yourself, have a cool pistol, and drink what I drink!

Link Posted: 11/22/2012 8:05:33 AM EST

That cancels out all the nasty food from alaska in previous threads.
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 8:10:47 AM EST
Nice boomstick!
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 8:13:23 AM EST
Nice! Cool thread, even though I hate cranberries.
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 8:15:53 AM EST
Originally Posted By Windustsearch:
Nice! Cool thread, even though I hate cranberries.


"You picked it, you ate it?"
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 8:22:20 AM EST
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 8:58:12 AM EST
You didnt make that.
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 9:02:44 AM EST
where about in Alaska?
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 9:07:24 AM EST
Very cool, thanks for sharing.
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 9:08:53 AM EST
I eat fresh cranberries every fall from the long beach wa peninsula...
Yours looks outstanding.
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 9:49:59 AM EST
Originally Posted By eszaq:
where about in Alaska?

On the ground?

Link Posted: 11/22/2012 10:02:35 AM EST

Originally Posted By Windustsearch:
Nice! Cool thread, even though I hate cranberries.

You wouldn't hate these.

Also they are great in pancakes, we have these about every day when hunting.
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 10:03:22 AM EST

Originally Posted By eszaq:
where about in Alaska?

South of the Denali HWY
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