Dried cranberry

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Dried cranberries

Dried cranberries are made by partially dehydrating fresh cranberries, a process similar to making grapes into raisins. They are popular in trail mix, salads, breads, with cereals, or eaten on their own. Dried cranberries are sometimes referred to as craisins due to the name's similarity to raisins, though the word "Craisin" is a registered trademark of Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.[1] and cannot be officially applied to dried cranberries from other manufacturers.

The most commercially produced dried cranberries contain added sugar, and they may also be coated in very small quantities of vegetable oil to keep them from sticking together.[citation needed]

Many home recipes for dried cranberries involve allowing the cranberries to sit overnight in a water and sugar solution, prior to freeze-drying or air-drying.

Nutrition[edit]

The nutrient content of dried cranberries may vary depending on the extent of dehydration, amount of sugar added during processing, and brand. Nutrition facts for 1/3 cup (40 g) of dried cranberries are:[2]

Dried cranberries have negligible fat content.[2] Other than the carbohydrates supplied, dried cranberries are a poor source of nutrients.[2]

Uses[edit]

Dried cranberries can be added for color and flavor to various foods, including salads, oatmeal, cookies, muffins, loaves, breads and trail mix. They may be used to replace raisins or any dried fruit. Dried cranberries may be prepared with flavorings or coverings, such as chocolate.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Craisins". Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. Retrieved 2009-11-02.
  2. ^ a b c "Cranberries, dried (survey)". FoodData Central, US Department of Agriculture. 2018. Retrieved 25 April 2021.