Friday, November 30, 2012

Sauce for the gander (or hen)?

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

"Bah! Humbug--but that's too strong, 'cause it is my favorite holiday."

Those are the opening lyrics to Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses.  (Love that song.  One day I may even learn all the words ... and if you don't know why that's so difficult, I guess you haven't heard it.)*

There are a lot of reasons to be happy during the holiday season, and I suppose just as many to be grumpy.  Let's choose happy!  And one reason to be happy is because cranberry sauce goes on sale from November through December.

Here's an unbelievable fact:  Some people only eat cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving! That wouldn't be me. Nope, I eat it with any kind of fowl. Turkey, duck, goose, chicken, and I suppose I'd even eat it with swan, but I never heard of anyone eating a swan.  (I'll bet that meat is tough. Have you ever seen a swan land on water? Wow--like the Spruce Goose. Taking off looks about the same, too.)

Last year, cranberry sauce sold at my local Wegmans store for 79 cents a can. Immediately after Christmas, it went up to $1.29. A DOLLAR TWENTY NINE!!!  Well, we paid it, but grudgingly.  And I knew when it went up to $1.29 (from 99 cents) that when Christmas rolled around, it was going to BE 99 cents.  Sure enough, this season they're selling it for 99 cents a can. 

I'm not taking any chances on another price hike. That first week in November, I bought six cans. And I've been buying a can every week ever since. And I will continue to buy a can every week through December. (Um, I eat a lot of chicken, and therefore eat a LOT of cranberry sauce.)

So, what holiday treat are you stocking up on so you can enjoy it through the rest of the year?

(*And by the way, cranberries play an important part in the Christmas Wrapping song.)

4 comments:

  1. My mother is very fond of cranberry's and everything it is used in. And it is growing on me, but I haven't seen cranberry sauce here yet. They are very tasty dried and covered in chocolate though ;).
    We have "Sinterklaas" on December 5th herein Holland, and that has its own treats for children. It is in the stories each year earlier, now in September I have seen it, but as soon as the holiday is over, it is gone. So I buy a few sacks of "kruidnootjes" to last, as they are very tasty and don't spoil.

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  2. I did buy a second turkey for the freezer since it was at a good price you ordinarily can't find at other time.

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  3. People ate swan in the middle ages. I'm not sure when it became unusual to eat them. I have never tried cranberry sauce. Do you use it like a condiment on chicken and turkey? What else do you put it on?

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  4. I live in cranberry country and get fresh cranberries during the season and freeze them whole. That way I can make sauce, pie, bread or cookies. Actually I make any recipe that uses them and am always looking for new ones. I have a jam recipe I can't wait to try out and my aunt makes cranberry chutney for gifts. Don't believe I have ever had the jellied variety though.

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