You're used to salad bar Craisins and the infamous Thanksgiving tube -- but do you know how tasty fresh cranberries can be? This is the year to find out!
In Season: Fresh cranberries are available from October through December. Some markets also carry frozen cranberries year-round.
What to Look For: Look for bright-colored, firm cranberries in the produce section. Avoid bags that have brown or shriveled berries at the bottom.
How to Store: Store in the original packaging for up to two weeks in the refrigerator, or up to one year in the freezer. To prep, rinse and discard any discolored or soft berries; if frozen, there's no need to thaw before use.
Pear and Cranberry Crisp
Buttery pears provide the perfect counterpoint to the tart zing of fresh cranberries. An oaty cinnamon topping adds a sweet crunch.
3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed light-brown sugar