Herbs for cooking and cosmetic: Cranberries

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal)  You can use herbs for so much more than cooking!  Carol Joyce is the Owner of White Buffalo Herbs in Warwick showed us how to use cranberries in cooking & cosmetics. To follow our series on Herbs ‘A to Z’ click here.CRANBERRY Chutney

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (2 cups) CRANBERRIES (Organic, if possible)
  • 1 medium Apple, pared, cored & cut up into chunks
  • 1 medium ORANGE, peeled & divided into sections & cut in ½
  • 1 cup water
  • Medium Saucepan
  • 1 cup natural sugar or 1/16 cup Stevia

Directions:

  • 1.Rinse Cranberries, removing bad ones.
  • 2.Peel & separate ORANGE into segments. Cut each in ½.
  • 3. Peel & core APPLE & cut into chunks (Sprinkle with orange juice to keep from turning dark)
  • 4. Bring to boil, then reduce to simmer.
  • 5. Cook 10 minutes.
  • 6. Add sugar or Stevia & stir for 1 minute
  • 7. Pour into glass bowl & cool.
  • 8.Perfect accompaniment to poultry meals; great on pork; interesting alongside salmon; even good on ice cream!
  • 9. Serves 4-6.

Dried CRANBERRIES

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (2 cups) CRANBERRIES (Organic, if possible)
  • 2 Tbsp natural sugar
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Parchment paper

Directions:

  • 1.Rinse Cranberries, remove any spoiled ones.
  • 2. Pat dry on towel.
  • 3. Pour onto parchment lined cookie sheet.
  • 4. Place in 180 degree oven for 20 minutes or air dry overnight.
  • 5. When dry, sprinkle with sugar & put into airtight container & keep in refrigerator.
  • Suggest adding dried CRANBERRIES to chicken salad; sprinkle on garden salad with slivered almond; try a tsp on your favorite cereal.

CRANBERRY Hair Highlighter for dark or red hair

  • 3 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • ½ c. pureed carrots
  • ½-3/4 c. Cranberries

Directions:

  • 1.Rinse Cranberries, remove any spoiled ones.
  • 2. Mash cranberries with a potato masher.
  • 3. Put in bowl & add pureed carrots (baby food jar may be used)
  • 4. Add lemon juice to mixture.
  • 5. Apply to hair & put on a shower cap or wrap an old towel on head.
  • 6. Step into shower & wash body.
  • 7. When done, rinse out hair & wash with shampoo
  • 8. Condition as usual
  • Brings out red highlights in hair.

Cranberry Mask:

  • ½ cup CRANBERRIES (Organic, if possible)
  • ¼ cup CRANBERRY Juice
  • 1 TBSP Honey
  • 1 tsp. Yogurt (plain)
  • ½ tsp. KAOLIN Clay
  • Mixing bowl

Directions

  • 1.Rinse Cranberries.
  • 2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl, mashing well.
  • 3. Apply to face (avoid eyes).
  • 4. Wait 10 minutes.
  • 5. Rinse with warm water.
  • Enjoy refreshed, lightly exfoliated, clean skin!

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