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Freeze-Dried Cranberries - Chopped


One bulk bag contains the equivalent of 32 ounces of fresh cranberries.  Net weight of 4 ounces of freeze-dried cranberries.


Freeze-dried cranberries are a convenient and delicious snack, and they can also be used in various culinary applications. Here are some instructions on how to use freeze-dried cranberries:


**As a Snack:**

1. **Enjoy Them Straight:** Freeze-dried cranberries make for a tasty and healthy snack. You can eat them right out of the bag for a crunchy, sweet, and tangy treat.

2. **Mix with Nuts:** Create your own trail mix by combining freeze-dried cranberries with nuts like almonds, walnuts, or cashews for a satisfying, portable snack.


**In Baking:**

1. **In Cookies:** You can add freeze-dried cranberries to cookie dough for a burst of flavor and a slightly chewy texture. Just chop them into smaller pieces and mix them into the dough.

2. **In Muffins:** Sprinkle freeze-dried cranberries into muffin or cupcake batter for a delightful tartness and color.

3. **In Granola or Cereal:** Sprinkle them on top of your morning cereal or yogurt to add a fruity crunch.


**In Cooking:**

1. **In Oatmeal:** Rehydrate freeze-dried cranberries by soaking them in hot water for a few minutes, then stir them into your oatmeal for a sweet and tart twist.

2. **In Salads:** Toss freeze-dried cranberries into green salads or grain salads for added texture and flavor.

3. **In Sauces:** They can be rehydrated and added to sauces or glazes for meats, such as chicken or pork, to give a sweet-tart kick.


**In Beverages:**

1. **In Smoothies:** Blend freeze-dried cranberries into your morning smoothie for an extra boost of flavor and nutrients.

2. **In Tea:** You can steep freeze-dried cranberries in hot water to make cranberry-infused tea. Add a touch of honey if you prefer it sweet.



If you want to use freeze-dried cranberries in recipes where their natural moisture is needed, you can rehydrate them. Here's how:

1. **Place the cranberries in a bowl.**
2. **Pour hot water over them until they're fully submerged.**
3. **Let them soak for about 5-10 minutes, or until they plump up and rehydrate.**
4. **Drain them well before using in your recipe.**


Remember that freeze-dried cranberries have an intense cranberry flavor, so you may not need as many as you would with fresh cranberries. Adjust the quantity to suit your taste.

Whether you're using them in baking, cooking, or enjoying them as a snack, freeze-dried cranberries can add a delightful burst of flavor and a satisfying crunch to your dishes.

Freeze-Dried Cranberries - Chopped

  •  When handling and storing freeze-dried foods, it's important to follow these instructions to maintain their quality and ensure food safety:


    1. Read Packaging Instructions: Carefully read and follow any specific instructions provided on the packaging of the freeze-dried food products. Handle uncooked freeze-dried foods the same as fresh raw foods.


    2. Properly Seal and Store: After opening the packaging, make sure to reseal it tightly to prevent air and moisture from entering. Properly sealed packaging helps maintain the quality and shelf life of freeze-dried foods. If the original packaging is not resealable, transfer the contents to airtight containers or resealable bags.


    3. Store in a Cool, Dry Place: Store freeze-dried foods in a cool, dry area away from direct sunlight, humidity, and heat sources. Exposure to these elements can compromise the quality, texture, and taste of the food. Aim for a storage temperature between 50°F (10°C) and 70°F (21°C).


    4. Protect from Moisture: Moisture is the enemy of freeze-dried foods as it can lead to spoilage. Keep the packaging or containers away from areas with high humidity or sources of moisture, such as sinks or steamy environments.


    5. Prevent Cross-Contamination: Use clean utensils or washed hands when handling freeze-dried foods to avoid cross-contamination with other ingredients or surfaces. This helps maintain the quality and safety of the freeze-dried products.


    6. Check for Signs of Spoilage: Before consuming or using freeze-dried foods, inspect them for any signs of spoilage. Discard the product if you notice off-odors, unusual colors, or mold growth. If the packaging is damaged or compromised, it's best to err on the side of caution and not consume the product.


    7. Rotate and Use Before Expiration: Freeze-dried foods have a long shelf life, but it's advisable to consume them before the expiration date mentioned on the packaging for the best quality. Practice proper first-in, first-out (FIFO) rotation to ensure older products are used before newer ones.


    By following these handling and storage instructions, you can maintain the quality, flavor, and nutritional value of your freeze-dried foods for an extended period, ensuring a satisfying culinary experience.

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