The holiday season is here, and that means it's time to celebrate the merry berry that comes in many different forms on your camping menu.
Buy cranberries fresh and whole to thread on strings for decorations. Buy canned cranberry sauce in whole berry or smooth styles. Freeze berries now to bring out through the year. Pack cranberry juice in the grub box to make punch or smoothies.
Tart and astringent, cranberries are the perfect foil for ham, turkey and chicken. When sweetened a little, they make delicious condiments. When sweetened a bit more, they go into luscious desserts. When dried, they go into a hearty trail mix.
Here are some ways to bring these cranberry dishes to your next camping adventure.
Cranberry Hockey Pucks
Make saucer-size cookies packed with enough nutrition to see you through a cold morning. Brew a hot drink the night before, put it in the thermos, and breakfast is ready without lighting a fire. Make these cookies ahead of time at home, wrap individually and freeze to grab and go.
Dry Ingredients:2 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon each baking powder, salt
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 cups quick oats
Wet Ingredients:2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup applesauce
Add:1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
Mix dry ingredients in a clean bag and set aside. In a bowl, whisk eggs, oil and applesauce. Stir in dry ingredients until everything is evenly moistened.
Fold in cranberries and nuts. Drop by tablespoons on greased or lined cookie sheets, allowing room to spread. Bake 8 to 9 minutes at 375 degrees. Cool completely and wrap individually.