The Star Democrat

Fresh cranberrie­s

- MARY HUNT

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!

CENTERPIEC­E

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.

GLITTERED UP

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.

FLOATING CANDLES

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.

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