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I got the pre-holiday giddies. All my bosses are gone so I am out of here nice and early. I can go home and take a nap or get some errands done. But no, that's not what I'm going to do.

I am going to go home and install a message board/forum on this site. From now on, when a comment thread erupts into a flame war or goes totally off topic, you can take it their. It will be unmoderated.

I'll let you know when it's ready.

One question before I go: Does anyone really eat that jello-like cranberry thing that comes out of the can or do you all just put it on the table at Thanksgiving because it's supposed to be there?

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The cranberry tube? We have been using the same one for 4 years.

It's supposed to be there. We don't know why, but you really shouldn't risk what may happen if it's not there. The cranberry cartel may come ... we don't know. No one has ever crossed them before. Step lightly.

We make a yummy cranberry salad with real cranberries. No canned eel looking stuff for us.

Last year an unnamed relative insisted on having freshly-made cranberry sauce and it had a tremendously negative impact on the Thanksgiving meal productivity quotient.

The tube rules! Slice and eat.

MMMmmmmmm, yummy... My next favorite food after BACON!

A deep-purple cylinder, ridged with the indentations from the can, and bearing at one end the stamped serial number from the can's lid...that's great stuff. Plus, the sound it makes when it slides out of the can is awesome.

I have to admit that I like cranberry sauce, but not the jelled stuff. That squicks me out. I like the kind with actual cranberries evident. My family (and almost all my so-called friends) think I am a freak. I am, of course, a freak, but not for liking cranberries....

Hmmm ... take real cranberries, wash 'em, drain 'em, and the cook them down with an equal weight in sugar.

Not much harder than opening a can.

It doesn't matter to me if it's the jelly or real sauce, but Turkey needs the taste of cranberries (and gravy). I'm quite disappointed if they aren't there.

Some meats just need extra flavors to me... Lamb needs mint, preferably mint and vinager sauce.

Lemme know if you need some insights on discussion forums. I've installed them all at one point or another.

How else can I eat my mother-in-law's stuffing? Have to have something to cover up the flavor.

I don't, but the rest of my family does. I love cranberries in muffins, but not on my turkey. No matter what form they take!

I like the cranberry tube. My dad always insisted on having it, and we all joked about it, but I finally tried it a few years ago, and it's tasty.

Brian, that's 4 steps, as opposed to the tubes 2.

I've been going without the tube for 4 years now, and I think I'm going to go out and slice me up a bit tomorrow!

It is simply not a true holiday meal without the canned goodness...lol My kids love that stuff. :)

Take real cranberries, run them thru the meat grinder or food processor on coarse, and put them in a mason jar with sugar and vodka. Strain about four months later. We adults love that stuff.:)

The tube is about the only cranberry product I'll eat. Don't like'em in muffins. Don't like'em as juice. Don't like the "chunky style" sauce, either.

Riyadh delenda est!

I'm glad I came around even though I have nothing new to offer. I too like the jelly with the rings of authenticity. But I'm glad because I learned the wonderful term "squicks me out". I'm a better person, broadened somehow. Thanks Mich with one L.

Y'all are hopeless! :)

Here's a bunch o' things you can do that beat smearin' cold canned jelly on your turkey.

Hm. Ah forgot one thing - throw some in the blender with a bunch o' german mustard, then stash it in the fridge. Yummy! Great on turkey, even bettah on ham!

Ta!

Maude.

PS: Mah accent: honi soit qui mal y pense. Thas' Latin foah "Bite me." :)

Oh I love that Cranberry sauce. Fresh, congealed, sliced, or pureed I love the tart/tangy taste!

Y'all are hopeless! :)

Here's a bunch o' things you can do that beat smearin' cold canned jelly on your turkey.

Hm. Ah forgot one thing - throw some in the blender with a bunch o' german mustard, then stash it in the fridge. Yummy! Great on turkey, even bettah on ham!

Ta!

Maude.

PS: Mah accent: honi soit qui mal y pense. Thas' Latin foah "Bite me." :)

Nobody eats it but it must be there. Like the creamed onions.

Mmmmm...jiggly....

Yeah, what Belize said. If it's anit got the can marks, I ain't touching it.

I actually did try it, once.
I won't be trying it twice. ;-)

I like turkey and sliced cranberry tube sandwiches.

Just say no to the cranberry goop! It is meant to be looked at, but never eaten, if you have any regard for your taste buds.

every year i gleefully exclaim that i can finally have canned cranberry stuff, sliced. Like my gramma Rose used to make. (laff) and every year the husband says no :(

He just doesn't GET it. You MUST have green beans and bacon, you MUST have the cranberry slices, and for leftover sandwiches, you MUST have best foods mayo-stuff. It's the only thing the mayo-stuff is good for, anyway.

And he gets grossed out when i make mashed taters, cranberry stuff, stuffing and turkey sammiches for the next week, too.

Some folks just don't know how to enjoy their food! hehe.

Well, I like the canned stuff OK, but for Thanksgiving I make my mom's cranberry relish recipe. Contains Jello.

My first Thanksgiving in Australia I was very homesick, and feeling low. One of the sandwich shops in the local mall food court was serving turkey and cranberry sauce. Upon asking, I found that the darkish reddish gelatinousish stuff next to their dispirited turkey slices was the cranberry "sauce", which was smeared on the turkey and put in a sandwich.

Put the cranberry sauce on the turkey? I mean, sure, it sometimes sort of oozes onto your turkey on the plate, but deliberately? What kind of sick Aussie trick was this? In fact, almost every time you got turkey sandwiches they had cranberry smeared on them. Ugh.

And now I find that Real Amurricans have this disgusting practice, as well. Oh, I should never have left the Midwest.

(Pril is excused. Anybody who'd put the taters and stuffing and cranberries on her turkey sandwich would eat anything on a sandwich.)

(Oh, and my boyfriend wanted to have turkey tube for Thanksgiving. N. O. spells NO you Limey barbarian.)

Amazin' the' bizarre food fetishes you Yankees have. Now, 'twere up to me, 'stead o' turky, Ah'd be servin' a Virginia ham... But jus' try an' FIND one in Nevada. There are many allegedly ham-like products, ham alternates and ham analogues, some o' which are quite tasty - but they ain't PROPAH ham! Which is warm smoked foah sevaral months aftah doin' somethin' secret an' magical to it.

So Ah'm smokin' a turkey. It's about half-done raight now, be ready in th' mornin' to pop in th' oven to be sure we-all don' get salmonella - Ah got a crappy cheap smoker an' it's hard to keep th' temperature up.

Ah'm makin' a Crustless Yam Pie - Ah will post the directions - an' we ain't havin' no damn green bean casserole. Horrible stuff.

Instead, ah'm stuffin' a punkin' with steamed rice, cubed cheese, pepparoni slices, diced red an' green peppahs, carrots an' chayote squash.

Should come out yummy, but ah've no idea, on this one, Ah'm cookin' without a net - this is twice as big as any squash Ah evah stuffed.

Howevah, it's a damn quick way to make an' extra dish; if you bought some squash foah pretties, an' you is surprised by extra guests, you can open 'em up an' stuff 'em with about anythin' you got in th' way o' leftoavahs. Then jus' nuke 'em until they are tendah to a fork - try 15 minutes foah a typical butternut squash.

Jus' carve it out like you would a punkin', lid an' all. Make sure that whatevah was inside it was pretty well cooked already. :) Great foah leftovah stew!

Oh, an ah gotta make cornbread, 'ocourse..

It's supposed to be there. I've never seen anyone actually eat it.