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What to Do With Extra Cranberry Sauce

What to Do with Extra Cranberry Sauce Homemade Red Cranberry Sauce for the Holidays

The holidays are coming and that means that you’re going to have so much cranberry sauce you won’t know what to do with. But what if we help you with that so that you don’t have to throw anything away?

The one thing I can’t stand about the holiday season is wasting food and having to throw leftovers because I am out of efficient and ingenious ideas about what to do with them. I can get tired especially after the stress of cooking so much and also dealing with my family – I’m sure plenty of us can empathize with that. I don’t like to call myself lazy, just perpetually exhausted and just a bit overwhelmed.

That’s why it’s so great to just put together easy to find and save lists of ideas. So here is my list of ideas for what to do with that extra cranberry sauce I just know will be in my fridge after family gatherings.

Just remember that cranberry sauce lasts in the fridge for up to three weeks, so you don’t have to rush or feel overburdened by it. And you have plenty of time to eat it!

If you want to try a great turkey-cranberry sauce recipe, go for this one.

5 things to do with extra cranberry sauce

1. Spread it on toast

Just use it instead of jam or jelly. Have it in the morning on a piece of warm toast, spread some butter on that and then add the cranberry sauce and you have yourself a delicious and definitely not wasteful meal, right at your fingertips. You can also mix it up with some peanut butter or some cream cheese. Lucky for you, it goes great with both!

2. Add it to your breakfast

It’s quite a simple idea. Add it to your oatmeal bowl, spread it on granola, or just use it to flavor your morning Greek yogurt bowl. You can add some fresh fruit to that and your meal will be just perfection.

3. Use it as a glaze

You already know that cranberry sauce and turkey are a dream combination, right? So why not take advantage of that even further? That extra cranberry sauce can be an amazing glaze for chicken, pork, and beef. So roast them in the oven and then brush some cranberry sauce on them a few minutes before they’re ready (about 5 minutes). They will turn out simply great!

This baked butternut squash has an amazing cranberry and honey sauce.

4. Sauce up cakes of all kinds

If you warm up the cranberry sauce a little, it will go great as a sweet and sour delicious topping over your baked goods. Be them pies, muffins, cakes. I would even dunk some cookies in that warm, less thick sauce.

5. Use it on burgers

Does that sound a bit controversial? Yeah, but very well! You can use the extra cranberry sauce as another note when you’re topping a burger patty with barbecue sauce, for instance. It also goes great with caramelized onions.

I’m a pop culture nerd who thinks too much about fried bacon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and life, the Universe and everything. I love food and sometimes you can see that on my hips, but I don't care that much about that.
What I do care more about is trying to eat healthier, even though I admit that I like to indulge in my food fantasies. I’m addicted to puns, so forgive me for that when you read my articles. I now know too much about nutrition to be fun to hang out with. So long and thanks for all the fish-based omega-3 fatty acids.

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