The Star Democrat
Cranberries are a good source of various vitamins and antioxidants. And as nutritious and delicious as cranberries are, there are ways we can use inexpensive, fresh cranberries to make the holidays even more beautiful!
Start with some Styrofoam balls, any size. Cut a bunch of wood toothpicks in half. Stick a pick into the ball so that about
1/2 inch is sticking out. Push a cranberry onto the toothpick until it touches the foam ball. Repeat until the ball is covered, placing the cranberries close enough so the white ball does not show through. Set your cranberry balls on candle holders of various heights, or pile them into a large bowl.
WREATH (OR ANY OTHER SHAPED STYROFOAM)
Follow the same instructions above to cover the front side of a wreath shape. For just a few bucks, you will have a gorgeous decoration piece.
In a medium bowl, stir together 2 tablespoons water and 1 tablespoon pasteurized egg white powder (or 1 raw egg white) until blended but not whipped. Coat dry raw cranberries with this mixture. Spread granulated sugar on a baking sheet and roll the wet cranberries in it until they are covered. Dry at room temperature for 2 hours. Use as a garnish for desserts.
Partially fill a clear glass bowl with water. Add fresh cranberries (they’ll float) and floating candles to make a pretty, colorful and simple holiday decoration.