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10.22.2012

How to make your own Craisins


On Columbus Day, the kids were home, no school. Hubs was working, it was gorgeous outside. So what better thing, then to go apple picking and enjoy the last of falls great weather right?



I packed the kids up, met up with my Mother In Law and headed up to one of my favorite orchards.

It was great, the kids had a blast, the sun was out, the leaf peeping was at it's peak, and the mountain views were amazing!



We packed up our apples, stopped at my Mother In Laws house for a quick snack to bring on the road home. She gave each kiddo a juice box, and a bag of craisins. Staples in her house, just for when her favorite kids come to visit.



On the way home. Chase starts panicking.... "THERE IS A CRAISIN IN MY NOSE."  At first I didn't know what to do... So I find a safe place to pull over, get him out of his seat lay him over my lap and look up his nose. Yep. There it was. Waaaaaaay up there.  Nothing I could do to get it out. He exclaims "OWEN told me to do it!" I look at his older obviously not much wiser brother... the look of guilt on his face said it all...



So I turn my car around and head back into concord. (Did I mention I was almost home? So this made for another full hour in the car!)

We get to Urgent Care, check in. Chase proudly announces to anyone who looks at him, "I have a craisin in my nose."

The receptionist gives the boys each a coloring book, crayons and they begin to color chatting away to the elderly couple in the waiting room next to us.

Finally they call us in. Chase talks to the nurse taking his weight and stats. The Dr. walks in.... Chase makes a hacking noise... "Ummmm Mama I just swallowed it" Ewww seriously? The Dr. looks. Yep sure enough he cleared it down into this throat.

The nurse, the Dr. and my self proceeded to lecture the boys the importance of not sticking food in your nose... or any other object for that matter.

This little Craisin adventure to Urgent Care is what sparked my idea to make our own dried cranberries.

These are really quite easy to make, and they aren't as sweet. So they are a tad tart still. The kids liked them but with every bite made a pucker face. I actually preferred them  to the bagged ones you buy at the store. I like to know what I'm eating. These tasted like a slightly sweet cranberry!



Dried Cranberries

Ingredients:

3-4 cups fresh cranberries
2 qts boiling water
1 cup sugar + additional 1/4-1/2 cup for the drying process

Directions:

Toss berries and  one cup of sugar into the boiling water. Allow them to boil just until the berries pop open.

Strain berries. Reserving the water/juice. (I chilled mine and drank it. Fresh cranberry juice!) 

Lay the berries out onto parchment paper lined cookie sheets.  Sprinkle with the 1/4-1/2 cup sugar. Set oven to 250. Prop open with a wooden spoon just to crack it a tad. Toss every 45 minutes.   Continue to bake/dry the berries in the oven until they are no longer sticky. Will take 2-3 hours to dry.        

And don't stick them in your nose..... ever.   



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28 comments:

  1. Wow. Craisin up the nose! At least he swallowed it. Surely that's more pleasant than the alternative. :)

    And I love that you made your own dried cranberries. I can't wait for cranberry season!

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    1. He is SO lucky they didn't have to remove it with scary big tweezers!

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  2. LOL - - I couldn't help but giggle at your little story. You know what they say, kids will be kids!! I love the idea of making your own craisins - - we go through SO much at Living The Sweet Life, so this would be such a great idea to try out :) ~ YUM!!

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    1. We go through a lot too... especially if they get stuck in the nose LOL.

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  3. Do you think this would work with Splenda? I love dried cranberries but can't have all that sugar.

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    1. I don't see why not. But you would have to change the measurements. I never cook with splenda but I know it tends to be much sweeter than granulated sugar right?

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  4. Oh mahhhhh goodness. I love craisins! I love 'em on salads especially. Who knew making your own was so simple?

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  5. Oh my, that's funny. Not in the middle of it, I'm sure...but hahaha!

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    1. Oh my goodness... it was a nightmare but I've been laughing about it for 2 weeks now!

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  6. Philip stuck a piece of macaroni up his nose once, and the dr. told us to cover his mouth and blow into his other nostril! Out it came!

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    1. I have read about that way of doing it. I called my Dr. before heading back to Concord she said I had to check him into Urgent Care.... last time it was a chocolate chip... time before that a whole almond! Those were easy though...the chocolate melted. And the almond I was able to grab with tweezers. When will these boys learn!

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  7. Oh my goodness, those look so good! I'd be too busy shoveling them in my face to even think about sticking one up my nose. Then again, I'm a boring adult. ;)

    I love that photo of your littlest one with the mischievous grin. Such a cutie!

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  8. um, you're a genius. I'm totally doing this. DONE.

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  9. I'm pretty sure you can't get all of your children into adulthood without at least one, "My kid has something up their nose" trip to the ER! Love it.

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    1. It's true. Every kid does it at some point.... that or in their ears!

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  10. Love craisins. This is awesome.

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  11. Great post Carrie - and thanks for the nose reminder :)

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  12. As a new mom to a 13 month old boy, this post seems like a glimpse into my future!! I love this recipe and will be sharing it with friends.

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  13. How long do I have to keep the cranberries up my nose for them to dry?

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  14. Do you really have to crack the oven? If so it'll be an after kid is sleep project! :)

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    1. Unfortunately yes... But if you have a dehydrator you could do it that way... otherwise start them during nap time or at bed time!

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  15. I am looking forward to trying the recipe I'll let you know how it turns out. No little ones to worry about he nose incident any more, but they were little, one had a hand full of rice crispies, and the other got a pencil eracer stuck. Aren't little ones the greatest? Thanks bunches.

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  16. So looking forward to trying these :) I get orange or strawberry flavored ones at a store I go to and I was wondering if I flollowed this directions but added like a orange extract if that would give it the flavor I am looking for

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